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Invitation to Biblical Preaching: Proclaiming Truth with Clarity and Relevance (Invitation to Theological Studies Series) [Kindle Edition]

Donald Sunukjian
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Written in a conversational style with profuse examples to illustrate all concepts, this text takes the reader step-by-step through the entire process of preparing a biblical message, from studying a passage with skill and integrity to delivering a message with persuasion, accuracy, passion, and relevance.

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“If Donald Sunukjian writes something about preaching, I read it. He is a master at understanding how ideas work and how to develop them. If your messages have ever been less than crystal clear, read what he has to say.”

—Craig Brian Larson

“Filled with examples, appended with helpful samples, and written in the vernacular of the people, Invitation to Biblical Preaching will take its rightful place among the homiletics textbooks of our classrooms and in the stacks of refreshing readings for experienced pastors.”

—G. Charles Sackett
Professor of Preaching
Lincoln Christian Seminary

Invitation to Biblical Preaching guides readers with proven principles stated in a fresh way. If every seasoned preacher will study this book and every novice take it as a primer, our pulpits would resound with a clear and authoritative, ‘Here is what God is saying . . . to us.’”

—Calvin Pearson
E. Hermond Westmoreland Chair of Preaching
Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary

“Provides succinct instruction and numerous concrete examples. . . . The chapter on oral clarity is worth its weight in gold. I heartily recommend this book for serious students who wish to handle God’s Word well.”

—Kenneth E. Bickel
Professor of Pastoral Studies
Grace Theological Seminary

“A practical guide to developing twenty-first century sermons that are biblically faithful, clear, and engaging. This is not ivory-tower theory; Invitation to Biblical Preaching offers down-to-earth insights and enough examples to spark dozens of great sermon ideas for any preacher!”

—Michael Duduit
Editor, Preaching magazine

Invitation to Biblical Preaching takes the reader step-by-step through the entire process of biblical preaching—from biblical study to planning to delivery. Both current pastors and those training for the pulpit will especially appreciate the book’s original content, profuse examples, and clear instruction. Two complete sermons (one from the Old Testament and one from the New Testament) reinforce the text’s principles.

Donald R. Sunukjian (Ph.D., UCLA; Th.D., Dallas Theological Seminary) is professor of preaching and chair of the Christian Ministry and Leadership Department at Talbot School of Theology. He is a frequent contributor to various preaching books, magazines, and Web sites, including

About the Author

Donald R. Sunukjian (Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles; Th.D., Dallas Theological Seminary) is professor of homiletics and chair of the Christian Ministry and Leadership Department at Talbot School of Theology. He is a frequent contributor to various preaching books, magazines, and Web sites.

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  • File Size: 820 KB
  • Print Length: 376 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0825436664
  • Publisher: Kregel Academic & Professional (March 1, 2007)
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002DOSBH0
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exhaustive, but not exhausting - a great book! August 9, 2007
By P. Mead
Donald Sunukjian studied under Haddon Robinson at Dallas Seminary, then also taught there. He now teaches at Talbot Seminary in LA. Sunukjian has an ability to think through elements of preaching in minute detail, yet has a communication style that is clear and accessible - both in person and in his writing. These qualities have combined to make this a great book.

This is definitely another book in the Haddon Robinson school of thought. The process is similar, the emphasis on the main idea and the purpose are evident, delivery without notes is encouraged, etc. Incidentally, the reader should not be intimidated by the "zigzag" big idea - if Sunukjian came up with such effective preaching ideas regularly, surely more would be included in the book! He admits that you go with what you have, and only sometimes is the preaching idea a real humdinger.

He defines biblical preaching simply as "Look at what God is saying to us!" Throughout this 370 page book, numerous biblical examples are given to make clear the point being taught. Sunukjian has a large bank of example sermons that show up throughout the book so that the variety is not random and overwhelming, but reinforcing and familiar.

His ability to think through the details comes out in areas such as whether to use inductive or deductive approaches according to the material being covered, or how to preach a chiastic passage so contemporary listeners will understand it.

Sunukjian's speciality is the subject of oral clarity - preaching so listeners can follow. His six elements of oral clarity are detailed in a chapter, but exemplified throughout the book. Sunukjian demonstrates a real awareness of what works for the listener, a concern sometimes missing in other "how to" preaching texts.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You'll finally know... June 14, 2007
I studied under Dr. Sunukjian, and was blown away by the insight gained. I had been doing public speaking/preaching for some time, and knew I could improve, but didn't know exactly how. His insights starting from chapter 5 and onward about shaping a sermon, writing for the ear (and not the eye), transitions, etc. are simply invaluable.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Invitation to Biblical Preaching May 12, 2007
I have studied preaching under both Drs. Haddon Robinson and Donald Sunukjian and they are both masters at understanding and communicating how to preach well. Dr. Sunukjian's forte as exhibited in Invitation to Biblical Preaching is breaking down and explaining much of what great preachers do intuitively. If you follow the Sunukjian method you will be biblical, clear, and compelling. This book is full of practical instruction in addition to easy to understand examples which you can model. Invitation to Biblical Preaching will teach you how to consistently produce high quality sermons week in and week out, that will cause your congregation to rise up and call you blessed!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
This book is for preachers looking to do what it takes to make a maximum impact with their preaching.

This text will teach you to develop, with a high degree of skill, an ability to ensure that you are true to the text in both interpretation and application and to do so in an easy to follow and interesting manner.

I use the material in the book and can honestly say my congregation sees dramatic before and after results!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wisdom for Preachers Young and Old February 21, 2013
This book is not a comprehensive overview of the preaching task (as suggested by the title), but rather it is focused on two issues that are problematic for neophyte preachers: clarity and relevance (suggested by the subtitle). Sunukjian is concerned about sermons that spend most of their time in the biblical world and never quite address the concerns of today's world, at least not in any meaningful way. This is a particular vice of recent seminary grads, though it is by no means limited to them. Some eventually lose their "exegeti-mania" and learn how to preach in a way that is relevant for their hearers; others never do, plodding on year after year through lengthy expositions, convinced that they are being faithful to the biblical text, even while their congregation (often small) is yawning. So Sunukjian hammers these two nails of clarity and relevance from beginning to end, providing copious examples to help the reader understand.

The primary strength of the book is its focus. As the subtitle suggests, Sunukjian spends most of the book discussing clarity and relevance. For the preacher who struggles to create a clear sermon structure that is easy to follow, Sunukjian provides multiple chapters full of principles, examples and exercises designed to improve clarity. Though major change is unlikely to happen overnight, a preacher who is committed to growing--and willing to practice these principles repeatedly over many sermons--will eventually bear good fruit. Likewise for the preacher who struggles with crafting incisive applications. Sunukjian shows how to drill down into the lives of your hearers and address their spiritual needs in ways that speak to the heart. An abundance of examples throughout model the kind of preaching for which Sunukjian is arguing.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Earns your respect regardless of theological orientation February 11, 2012
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I purchased this book knowing that I did not share the same views as the author regarding the nature of the Bible, interpretative theory or theology of preaching. However, the book had been recommended to me specifically to explore his concept of three outlines of a text - passage outline, truth outline and sermon outline (what I'd relabel application outline for my purposes). What I found was that Sunukjian is very good at giving clear examples and showing step by step he gets from point A to point B.

Sunukjian does not make the common error of one homiletic method serves all passages. Rather he takes advantage of what the structure of the text shows us taking advantage of logical and rhetorical structures e.b. abstraction trees, induction, deduction, relevancy patterns (a new concept to me),chiasmus ...

For useful information, I could have stopped reading at this point. However, I continued on skimming the sermon building section for two reasons:
1) the emphasis on the oral nature of the sermon
2) the clarity of the communication of the author - seeing how he presents material in this books can help in building "how to" documents of any kind. I can think of only one other book that does so well.
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5.0 out of 5 stars best preaching book I've ever read!
Loved how practical and fun this book was. Great use of examples. It's definitely necessary for any preacher's library. It can take your preaching to the next level!
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This is my text book for school. Very practical, easy to read with a lot of examples to help understanding better.
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Published 5 months ago by Joel G. Fraser
5.0 out of 5 stars Good. clear book
The book was an excellent journey into what it means to truly preach in a biblical and engaging way. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Josh Burtram
5.0 out of 5 stars Teaches great Structure
This book offers great structure on how to prepare a sermon. Guides you to dig deep into the word of God.
Published 9 months ago by Catrica
5.0 out of 5 stars A very useful book, even for those who have read Robinson and Richard

Donald Sunukjian’s book Biblical Preaching is divided into two major sections, representing his two-part burden of the book: “Look at what God is saying…” and... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Robert J. Wriedt
5.0 out of 5 stars It is an excellent book.
The quality makes me recommend this book to those who wants to preach according to the Bible. Very good and very helpful.
Published 10 months ago by JOSE DUQUE
5.0 out of 5 stars Staying on Course
With the pulpit becoming a showp place rather than a place to proclaim the Word of God, this book guides the Pastors to a place of reality and delivery of the spoken Word. Read more
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