Preaching with Variety: How to Re-create the Dynamics of... and over one million other books are available for Amazon Kindle. Learn more
Qty:1
  • List Price: $16.99
  • Save: $4.23 (25%)
FREE Shipping on orders over $35.
Only 16 left in stock (more on the way).
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com.
Gift-wrap available.
Preaching with Variety: H... has been added to your Cart
+ $3.99 shipping
Used: Acceptable | Details
Condition: Used: Acceptable
Comment: No guarantee on products that contain supplements and some products may include highlighting and writing.
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See all 2 images

Preaching with Variety: How to Re-create the Dynamics of Biblical Genres (Preaching With Series) Paperback – February 21, 2007

14 customer reviews

See all 3 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price New from Used from
Kindle
"Please retry"
Paperback
"Please retry"
$12.76
$8.96 $7.32

"Saturate: Being Disciples of Jesus in the Everyday Stuff of Life"
See more like this in Christian Books & Bibles.
$12.76 FREE Shipping on orders over $35. Only 16 left in stock (more on the way). Ships from and sold by Amazon.com. Gift-wrap available.

Frequently Bought Together

Preaching with Variety: How to Re-create the Dynamics of Biblical Genres (Preaching With Series) + The Art of Preaching Old Testament Narrative
Price for both: $38.60

Buy the selected items together


Editorial Reviews

From the Back Cover

“Jeffrey Arthurs offers us a great deal of help to take us away from turning out cookie cutter sermons and allowing us to preach God’s Word with imagination and freshness.”

—Haddon W. Robinson
Harold John Ockenga Professor of Preaching
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary
Author, Biblical Preaching

“Variety—God is committed to it, and listeners need it. Prodded by these compelling observations, Arthurs tackles the variety in biblical literature—psalms, stories, parables, proverbs, epistles, and apocalyptic visions—and shows how to preach each one in a variety of ways. This is a clear and substantive book, written with wit and insight.”

—Donald Sunukjian
Professor of Preaching, Talbot School of Theology
Author, Invitation to Biblical Preaching

“In this well-written book, Jeffrey Arthurs carefully and concisely instructs preachers to preach from various biblical genres with skill. His insights and suggestions will help any pastor to preach with variety.”

—Scott M. Gibson
Haddon W. Robinson Professor of Preaching and Ministry
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary
Editor, Preaching the Old Testament

“One of the great needs of preaching in our day is to let the biblical text speak with its own voice, rather than trying to stuff it into a predictable, pre digested package. Jeffrey Arthurs offers valuable and practical insights that will help any preacher better communicate biblical truth with freshness and faithfulness.”

—Michael Duduit
Editor, Preaching magazine

“Jeffrey Arthurs is a wordsmith, a message-smith, a master communicator. You will learn much from him.”

—Craig Brian Larson
Editor, PreachingToday.com

Preaching with Variety reveals how pastors can preach creatively by borrowing the dynamics of six genres or forms found in the Bible. Each chapter includes practical “Try this” suggestions and ends with a quick checklist for preachers to consider when preaching from each of the six genres. Readers will learn how to expand their repertoire of creative, interesting, and relevant sermons.

Jeffrey D. Arthurs (Ph.D., Purdue University) is associate professor of preaching and communication and dean of the chapel at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. He is an avid preacher and active scholar.

About the Author

Jeffrey D. Arthurs (Ph.D., Purdue University) is associate professor of preaching and communication and dean of the chapel at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, S. Hamilton, Mass. He is an active scholar, regularly presenting papers at conferences and writing articles for several leading periodicals.

Haddon W. Robinson es un conferenciante muy conocido y uno de los maestros del programa radial Descubra la Palabra. En su calidad de profesor distnguido del Seminario Gordon-Conwell, imparte conferencias y es autor de varios libros.
If you buy a new print edition of this book (or purchased one in the past), you can buy the Kindle edition for only $2.99 (Save 75%). Print edition purchase must be sold by Amazon. Learn more.


Best Books of the Month
Best Books of the Month
Want to know our Editors' picks for the best books of the month? Browse Best Books of the Month, featuring our favorite new books in more than a dozen categories.

Product Details

  • Series: Preaching With Series
  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Kregel Academic & Professional (February 21, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0825420199
  • ISBN-13: 978-0825420191
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.5 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #176,655 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Discover books, learn about writers, read author blogs, and more.

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By P. Mead on May 15, 2007
Format: Paperback
I hope this book gets the recognition it deserves. This is a power-packed paperback that seeks to stimulate Biblical preachers in developing variety in their preaching through awareness of how the various Biblical genres function. Arthurs offers not only understanding of how the genres do what they do, but also many suggestions on how to reflect their diversity as we preach them.

Arthurs states, "I believe that a sermon's content should explain and apply the Word of God as it is found in a biblical text, and a sermon's form should unleash the impact of that text." (p.13)

Arthurs is not arguing that the form of a text dictate the form of a sermon, even if that were possible. Rather he argues that genre sensitive preaching seeks to replicate the impact of the text. He affirms the great freedom in form available to preachers, and encourages that freedom by presenting the great variety found within the six major Biblical genres.

The first two chapters argue in favor of variety in preaching, firstly because God the master communicator uses such great variety in all His communication - not least in the diverse forms of literature used in His Word, and secondly because our listeners value variety.

The rest of the book deals with six Biblical literary forms: Psalms, Narrative, Parables, Proverbs, Epistles and Apocalyptic. In each case presenting an introduction to the genre, a helpful explanation of the rhetorical devices used to create their impact and numerous helpful suggestions on how to preach the different types of text. The result of these suggestions, if heeded, will be real variety in Biblical preaching.

Arthurs is as much concerned with rightly handling the Biblical forms as he is with prompting variety in preaching.
Read more ›
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By SLIMJIM on June 3, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
In “Preaching with Variety”, Dr. Jeffrey Arthurs writes about how to have variety in one’s preaching. It is not however, a book which talks about changing the way expository preaching is done per se nor is it introducing some new preaching fad, but rather it is an emphasis of how varieties in preaching can be accomplished biblically by faithfully preaching on the various literary forms (genres) found within Scripture. Arthurs made it clear in his introductory chapter that he believes preaching must herald God’s Word or otherwise it is not preaching.

At first, to preach with variety might not seem like a big deal, but Arthurs gives at least three reasons this is important. It is important because the listener would benefit from hearing something different. The preacher could also break the monotony with the routine of preaching. More importantly, Scripture itself comes in a variety of genres. In the book’s survey of genres found in the Bible, I found the chapters on poetry, narratives and apocalypse to be the most useful.

In the chapter on the Psalms, Arthurs was helpful in showing how to apply parallelism in the preaching process. Though I have been familiar with the various kinds of parallelism that exists within Hebrew poetry, I benefited with how he brought out some of the practical implications in identifying the various kinds of parallelism. For instance, previously a synonymous parallelism was to me just a poetic relationship between two lines, where the second line repeats the first line in a different fashion. Arthurs points out how the idea in the second line is doing more than just repeating the first line, but rather it adds an intensifying sense to the text (43-44).
Read more ›
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By William Glass on February 8, 2010
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Jeffrey D. Arthurs wrote Preaching With Variety for the purpose of encouraging preachers to "preach with variety and excitement" by helping them capture the rhetorical intentions which underlie the major genres of the Bible in the form and presentation of their sermons (11). Arthurs makes an insightful point regarding the importance of understanding a biblical author's rhetorical intentions that lie in the various forms (psalms, narrative, parables, proverbs, epistles and apocalypse) of literature they used in order to communicate a specific meaning and purpose. He states, "I believe that a sermon's content should explain and apply the Word of God as it is found in a biblical text, and a sermon's form should unleash the impact of that text... We should be biblical in how we preach, not just what we preach." To that end, this book describes the rhetorical dynamics of biblical genres and suggests how preachers can reproduce some of those dynamics in their sermons. The impact this book has on the subject of exegesis and hermeneutics is on highlighting the importance of not merely recognizing how a particular genre aids a preacher in determining the biblical author's meaning and intent, but on highlighting the value of finding creative ways in which to "mimic" (replicate or reproduce) that genre in the sermon's form and presentation.

Arthurs begins by presenting his presuppositions as 9.5 theses (a clever play on Luther) in his introductory chapter. Chapters one and two are also introductory in that they lay the background and challenge on which the rest of Preaching with Variety will focus. Chapter one, The Great Communicator, answers the reason and need for this book by explaining why God use different genres.
Read more ›
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again

Most Recent Customer Reviews

Set up an Amazon Giveaway

Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers. Learn more
Preaching with Variety: How to Re-create the Dynamics of Biblical Genres (Preaching With Series)
This item: Preaching with Variety: How to Re-create the Dynamics of Biblical Genres (Preaching With Series)
Price: $12.76
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com