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Preaching & Preachers Hardcover – March 3, 1972
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In Preaching and Preachers, the Doctor urges preachers to take their calling seriously. "The most urgent need in the Christian Church today is true preaching." With that in mind, he shares what he learned through his many years of pastoring and preaching. Chapters (there are 16 of them) deal with the character of the preacher, congregations, the preparation of the sermon (and the preacher), the shape and form of sermons, illustrations and humor, and the act of preaching itself. I particularly benefitted from a chapter titled, "What to Avoid."
Sometimes I'll enjoy a book enough to read it twice. This is one of the few that I've read three times--I've certainly benefitted from it more than any other book on the subject of preaching. The author's style is straightforward and enjoyable to read. He is dogmatic at times, and in a few places it is evident that these lectures were delivered several decades ago. (He lists the tape-recording of sermons as a "peculiar and special abomination" of the time.) However, the practical advice he gives will never be outdated.
This is the book on Biblical, theological, expository preaching. Preachers would benefit from reading it, but their congregations would benefit even more.
Before I read this book I knew little of Lloyd-Jones. Now I want to read as much as I can from him! Very much recommended!
Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones was a medical doctor turned preacher and many have said that if he had wanted to he could have become Prime Minister. Lloyd-Jones was a unique man indeed. However, it was not his high intellect that distinguished him as a preacher but rather his ability to communicate theological truth in an understandable, digestible, but not less than convicting manner. It is fitting then that we should have a book by Lloyd-Jones on the subject of preaching.
Preaching and Preachers is a compilation of lectures given by Lloyd-Jones to the students of Westminster Theological Seminary in the spring of 1969.
Personally, I found the book to be a refreshing tonic to me, a young preacher. I felt like I was visiting with him in a coffee shop and just talking shop with him. I asked a lot of questions in the margins took notes and spent a considerable time pondering many of his pregnant quotes.
"To love to preach is one thing, to love those to who we preach quite another"
"What is preaching? Logic on fire! Eloquent reason!"
"Preaching is theology coming through a man who is on fire"
"Preachers are born, not made."
"...true preaching does deal with personal problems, so much so that true preaching saves a great deal of time for the pastor."
There is little doubt that Lloyd-Jones was both scripturally and experientially convinced of the primacy of preaching. He beat the drum over and over again about the need for the preacher to do his work in the study and then communicate the truth to his people that they might grow.Read more ›
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A book that reinforces the importance of preaching God's word as well as the sacredness of the pulpit. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
Hmmm! This is the best material I have ever read on preachingPublished 17 months ago by john latse wallace
Good book to read for any and all Pastors/Preachers. Lloyd-Jones deals with intimate parts of preaching and of the ministry. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Pastor Bryant
A brilliant preacher who was much a student of preaching as he was the most insightful preacher in the 20th century.Published 22 months ago by Dr. John S. Waldrip
A powerful book. D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones brings the perspective to preaching that honors God and His people. Read morePublished on June 3, 2014 by Raymond E Mott