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Text-Driven Preaching: God's Word at the Heart of Every Sermon Paperback – July 1, 2010
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About the Author
Daniel L. Akin is president of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, North Carolina.
David L. Allen is dean of the School of Theology, professor of Preaching, and director of the Center of Biblical Preaching at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas.
Ned L. Mathews is professor emeritus of Pastoral Ministries at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary.
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Allen argues that there is a biblical and theological foundation for such exposition: "God has spoken. God is not silent. He has revealed Himself in Jesus, who is the living Word, and in Scripture, which is the written Word. Therefore, the theological foundation for text-driven preaching is the fact that God has spoken!" (3).
There is much to commend in the book. Allen's 12-step sermon preparation method serves young and experienced preachers alike - instructing the former and challenging the latter to examine their own practices. Hamilton's chapter reveals the vast importance of studying Biblical theology for preachers who are called to preach the entire counsel of God, rather than just the gospel accounts, epistles, and a few psalms. Akin expertly provides the reader with the importance of application, and assists the reader by instructing him with its preparation.Read more ›
There were some other comments that bothered me...such as page 213 "one must be able to read Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek if one wants to do Biblical theology." I have been to seminary and have studied these languages (except Aramaic). But what about the large number of pastors who have not...like our bi-vocational brothers? Can they not be "Text-Driven" preahers?
The overall content of this book was wonderful. And I deeply respect many of the contributors...especially Dr Akin. But some of the comments (like the ones noted above...and others) causes me some frustration and takes away from the overall impact of the book.
Part one focuses on every element shaping the preacher from rhetoric to the history of the discipline and the Holy Spirit. Here the contributors deal with fundamental questions of communication and preaching. How do we make points? Has there only been one method of preaching throughout history? What were the others and their effects? Paige Patterson deals with rhetoric and speaks positively of the classic Aristotelian tried of ethos, pathos and logos. The preacher must believe what he preaches and it must affect him deeply. He ought to feel appropriate passion for his subject. Finally, he must have something to say! Chapter three deals with the equally important yet autonomous Holy Spirit. What, if anything, is the preacher responsible for so that the Holy Spirit will use his preaching? He must become a Spirit-filled person. He must pursue godliness and fight immorality. He must celebrate the Spirit's work and not downplay it for any reason. Part one ends with chapter four and the exploration of the shaping of the preacher. Again, preaching is more than style, it is the whole person engaging the whole text. Faithful preachers must be men of godliness and doctrinal faithfulness.
Part two moves into the practice of sermon preparation. David Allen provides a twelve-step method that moves through every step of hermeneutics and exegesis. He uses 1 John 2:15-17 as a test case for his method.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a very intelligently designed book with a thorough treatment of the subject of preaching. You will walk away better informed as to what a sermon needs to look like.Published 10 months ago by MW
This book is better than current text on preaching. The scope is instructive and relative to today's preachersPublished 11 months ago by Reverend Brother
Although I am early on in my seminary education, this book has stretched my thinking and approach to preaching. Read morePublished 14 months ago by L&A Holland