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Daniel L. Akin is president of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, North Carolina.

Bill Curtis is pastor of Cornerstone Baptist Church in Darlington, South Carolina.

Stephen Rummage is senior pastor of Bell Shoals Baptist Church in Brandon, Florida.

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  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: B&H Academic (June 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0805446680
  • ISBN-13: 978-0805446685
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
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By J. Lonas on June 10, 2011
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The central job of any pastor is the faithful study and preaching of the Word of God, and there is no more powerful preaching than exposition--allowing the text of Scripture to define and steer the message. Many pastors, however, are reticent to take up expositional preaching for fear that difficult passages will offend their congregations. Others struggle to properly interpret the Word, and stick instead to topical sermons that impose a theme on Scripture rather than being informed by it.

In Engaging Exposition, the authors want to drive every pastor into expositional preaching as their primary model for sermons. Though the book is structured as a textbook (ideal for preaching students), it reads like an impassioned plea for pastors of all ages and experience levels to get Scripture right. As Bill Curtis writes early in the first chapter, ""The failure to keep any sermon closely anchored to a text will ultimately result in hindering the text from accomplishing its intended purpose in the lives of the listeners."

The book is divided into three sections: Discovery (hermeneutics), Development (homiletics), and Delivery (rhetoric). The three authors each tackle one sphere of the expositional process. Each brings a wealth of experience and wisdom to bear on their subject, concisely yet thoroughly touching on the key elements of each that a pastor must take to heart.

Curtis opens the book by discussing hermeneutics, giving a historical overview of how standard interpretive techniques have come about and urging pastors to spend the bulk of their energy on this phase of preaching. He focuses on the importance of uncovering the author's intended meaning, and walks readers through the differing literary styles and linguistic issues of the Bible.
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Every pastor whether an expositor or not must have this book in his study. If he is an expositor to continually sharpen his skills. If he is not presently an expositor to inspire him to become one. There's two types of preaching...expositional preaching and bad preaching. Choose today which you will practice.
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The call to preach the Word of God is the highest calling of the pastor. For centuries preachers have recognized that it is not enough just to open ones Bible and speak your mind on a passage and call it preaching. When opening up the pages of Scripture we recognize that there is a way of interpreting, developing a sermon and delivering it that is most faithful to the text. Some might call this package expository preaching. Most books on preaching only focus on one or two of these parts. What is needed is a comprehensive book that presents the material in a way as to show how they all work together.

With the goal in mind to bring together hermeneutics, homiletics and delivery under the same roof Daniel Akin, Bill Curtis and Stephen Rummage have written Engaging Exposition. This book seeks to lay out a methodological strategy for hermeneutics and homiletics to work in harmony. Hermeneutics is done in the service of homiletics and homiletics is dependent upon good hermeneutics while both are packaged in good delivery.
The entire book is centered on developing the main idea of the text (MIT) hermeneutically and homiletically while following up with some tips on good delivery. Bill Curtis writes the section on hermeneutics, Danny Akin on homiletics and Stephen Rummage on delivery. The intended relationship between hermeneutics and homiletics that the authors wish to convey is succinctly summed up in these words by Curtis

"The study of a text is incomplete if it fails to assess its significance for today's listeners. However, attempting to discover the significance of a text, without first gaining a thorough understanding of the author's intended meaning, will be equally incomplete." (p. 13)

The first section of the book deals with hermeneutics.
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Akin, Daniel L., Bill Curtis, and Stephen Rummage, eds. Engaging Exposition. Nashville: Broadman & Holman, 2011. 368 Pages.

Daniel L. Akin is the president of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, North Carolina. Bill Curtis is the senior pastor of Cornerstone Baptist Church in Darlington, South Carolina. Stephen Rummage is senior pastor of Bell Shoals Baptist Church in Brandon, Florida. With the goal in mind to bring together a good understanding of hermeneutics, homiletics, and delivery into the same book Daniel Akin, Bill Curtis and Stephen Rummage have written Engaging Exposition. This book seeks to lay out a practical approach for hermeneutics, homiletics, and effective sermon delivery to work in congruence. Hermeneutics is done in the provision of homiletics and homiletics is dependent upon good hermeneutics while both are expressed through good delivery. Bill Curtis writes the section on hermeneutics, Danny Akin on homiletics and Stephen Rummage on delivery.
The section on hermeneutics, or discovery, is comprised of chapters 1-10. Throughout this section, Bill Curtis covered the basics of hermeneutics such as genre, historical, geographical, theological context, genre specific outlines, characters, languages, and the main idea of the text. Throughout Curtis' treatment of the basics of hermeneutics he sought to rationalize that this first step to preaching is not an end in itself, instead it is servicing the homiletical step. Curtis wrote on page 11, “Section one of this textbook is devoted to helping you take a biblical text and interpret it correctly, with the goal of developing an expository sermon.
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