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Well-Driven Nails: The Power of Finding Your Own Voice Hardcover – September 10, 2010
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I ve never understood how an expositor who has immersed himself in the biblical text could preach a dull sermon, but I realize that many do so many, in fact, that expository preaching has acquired a bad reputation in some circles. No wonder. Dry, passionless preaching and murky, technical jargon have ruined countless expository sermons. It doesn t have to be that way. In fact, as Byron Yawn points out so powerfully in this book, good expository preaching should never be dry or merely academic. The faithful expositor s duty entails much more than sound exegesis and symmetrical outlines. The delivery of the sermon is crucial. Zeroing in especially on qualities like clarity, simplicity, and passion, Byron hits all the right notes. Every preacher who wants to be an effective expositor should read this book and take it to heart. --Dr. John MacArthur, Pastor-Teacher Grace Community Church, President The Master s College and Seminary
Through interviewing three of the most notable preachers of 21st-century North America in areas of their giftedness--Dr. John MacArthur on clarity, Dr. R. C. Sproul on simplicity, and Dr. John Piper--this fascinating book is a tonic and help for every Spirit-anointed preacher who wants to journey beyond seminary mediocrity to find liberation in exegesis, freedom in the pulpit, and above all, discovery of his own voice in faithfully expounding God's Word in and out of season. If you want to grow in pulpit authenticity and freedom from being a clone in preaching, read this gripping book prayerfully and slowly. You won't be sorry. --Dr. Joel R. Beeke, President of Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary, Grand Rapids
In our age of celebrity preaching, ordinary preachers can begin to think that style ultimately determines whether preaching is great or not. Byron Yawn has provided a needed and helpful corrective by showing that what makes preaching great, instead, are three qualities: clarity, depth, and passion. The preachers he interviews are among the greats of our day, to be sure. But what makes them great as preachers are these three qualities that all good preaching should have, that your and my preaching may have. Experienced preachers as well as those just starting out will benefit much from getting clear on what matters most in our preaching, and Well-Driven Nails will help much in pointing us all in the right direction. --Dr. Bruce A. Ware, Professor of Christian Theology, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
About the Author
After his conversion, Byron was mentored and discipled by some faithful men who endowed him with a love for the local church, a commitment to a reformed faith, and a passion for the Gospel. He became a permanent fixture in the ministries of the church body. From the very beginning of his walk, he had a burning desire to make God s Word known to His people. Byron would tell you being there when God works in a heart is still the greatest thrill of his life. Today, the basic commitments of Byron s ministry still guide everything he does. The tremendous pressure upon today s pastor to stay relevant leads many pastors to adopt the latest evangelical fad. The goal of Byron s heart is to stay basic. In his own words, The most relevant aspect of our message will never make sense to the world. The Cross is an offensive thing. The Cross is the only thing. Byron is Senior Pastor of Community Bible Church in Nashville, TN where he resides with his wife Robin and their three children, Lauren, Wade, and Blake. Byron is a graduate of Master's College and The Master's Seminary.
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Personally, I found this book extremely helpful especially as I prepared a sermon of my own this week. Yawn's combination of technical helps and interviews with the likes of John MacArthur (clarity), R.C. Sproul (simplicity), and John Piper (passion) made this a book I couldn't put down. Throughout the week I would take breaks in my sermon preparation to read this book and then turn back to my preparation with new insight and motivation to love God and the Word that He provided for us! In reading this book, I was able to directly implement many of these encouragements to my sermon preparation, and it definitely created a new experience for me as a preacher. It was also encouraging to read about the convictions and the discipline of some of the most effective and God-glorifying preachers of our time. The book was full of humbling quotes and insights that had me up late at night, pondering the implications of my preaching. It was probably one of the most impactful books on preaching I've read thus far.
I would recommend this book, but to a very specific audience, namely the preaching class. Byron Yawn is very intentional in his introduction in making clear the aims and goals of the book: This book was hand-crafted for the preacher who is seeking to glorify God with faithful exposition, and might just need a little nudge in the right direction to become a more effective preacher. If that's you, then you need to read this book.
“...in my departure from seminary I struggled to take all the incredible information exegesis yields and present it in an impactful way.” (Kindle loc. 375)
To achieve this goal, the author demonstrates his own ability to step back, analyze something to which he is committed and expose the blind spots of denial which often accompany a passion or conviction.
“Preaching labs, which are designed to treat issues of delivery, bear a striking resemblance to oncology. The treatment for the cancer is nearly as lethal as the condition. In the same way, the treatment for bad preaching is just as lethal as the condition...The most lethal are found in seminary preaching labs....a relentless barrage of really predictable, really dreadful sermons.” (Kindle loc 398)
Mr. Yawn’s solutions tackle the categories of clarity, simplicity and passion. His method is to draw counsel from three well-known expositors – in order: John MacArthur (clarity), R. C. Sproul (simplicity), and John Piper (passion). He does so with an invigorating zeal to restore to expository preaching its God-given birthright to the preacher: the individual freedom to authentically express his personal encounter with “the mind-blowing effect of God” discovered in the text.
Although now retired, I intend to review this book periodically for those moments when I have the opportunity to preach, and for the pursuit of my ministry of writing -[...]
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