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Saving Eutychus: How to Preach God's Word and Keep People Awake

Saving Eutychus: How to Preach God's Word and Keep People Awake

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Poor Eutychus might have tumbled off his perch in Acts 20, but it's humbling to notice that what took Paul many hours of preaching to achieve - near-fatal napping in one of his listeners - takes most preachers only a few minutes on a Sunday.

Saving Eutychus will help you save your listeners from such a fate. Written by an Aussie and an Irishman with very different styles who share a passion for preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ, Saving Eutychus delivers fresh, honest, faithful and practical insights into preaching the whole word of God, Sunday by Sunday, without being dull.

"Many books on preaching are published every year; this one is a 'must'." - D A Carson.

"This book deserves to be included in the 'must read' category for preachers... When my congregation asks me to explain the improvement in my preaching, I will ask, "Have you read the one by the Irishman and the Aussie?" - Alistair Begg, Senior Pastor, Parkside Church, Cleveland, Ohio

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Poor Eutychus might have tumbled off his perch in Acts 20, but it's humbling to notice that what took Paul many hours of preaching to achieve - near-fatal napping in one of his listeners - takes most preachers only a few minutes on a Sunday.

Saving Eutychus will help you save your listeners from such a fate. Written by an Aussie and an Irishman with very different styles who share a passion for preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ, Saving Eutychus delivers fresh, honest, faithful and practical insights into preaching the whole word of God, Sunday by Sunday, without being dull.

"Many books on preaching are published every year; this one is a 'must'." - D A Carson.

"This book deserves to be included in the 'must read' category for preachers... When my congregation asks me to explain the improvement in my preaching, I will ask, "Have you read the one by the Irishman and the Aussie?" - Alistair Begg, Senior Pastor, Parkside Church, Cleveland, Ohio
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Meet the Authors

Gary Millar

J. Gary Millar is principal of Queensland Theological College, Australia. Previously he served as a minister in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. He is the author of Now Choose Life, co-author of Saving Eutychus and a contributor to His Mission: Jesus in the Gospel of Luke.

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Preach it brother
5 stars By Rory, Oct 26 2016
A very accessible and enjoyable read that lays out the basics of preparing for and delivering a sermon. Good for the seasoned preacher but also the newcomer, this is great to give to someone beginning out preaching that doesn't overload you with information but frames preaching in a Biblical context- that it is proclaiming God's message and that most of all we need him to help us to do it!
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Useful for all Bible teachers and preachers
5 stars By Hoa, Feb 13 2016
Saving Eutychus manages to be both short and readable, but at the same time extremely useful for those wanting to preach the Bible's message faithfully. The authors emphasise preaching biblically and engagingly so that listeners can follow.

An important foundation is laid, with explanations on how to preach expositionally, preaching from the Old Testament and how to study the passage to be preached. Some aspects of preaching are treated in less detail. For example the chapter on delivery is mainly limited to vocal dynamics. However, given the length of the book, the most important points have all been covered well. A particular highlight is the chapter on preaching Christ from the Old Testament, which provides nine practical suggestions. The chapter and examples on giving and receiving feedback is also particularly helpful.

This book would be useful for both experienced preachers and beginners alike.
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Highly recommended
5 stars By Aaron, Dec 10 2014
I found this book very valuable in understanding some key concepts around preaching from the amount of time, to preparation techniques, to delivery. Phil and Gary have a great sense of humour and the book is down to earth and enjoyable to read but does not pull away from the fact that when preaching, we are preaching the Good News about Jesus. The criteria for critiquing sermons provides a greater way to reflect on your or any sermon for that matter.

I would highly recommend reading this book for anyone who is currently preaching or preparing to preach a sermon. It has refreshed my preaching style, preparation, delivery and more.
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A unique book on preaching
5 stars By Charles, Jul 30 2014
What Gary Miller and Phil Campbell do is affirm expository preaching in its fullest sense, but acknowledge that often there is a tendency for that kind of great preaching to just put people to sleep. That argue that content must not only be faithful to the Scriptures, but that it must also be communicated effectively, otherwise people won't actually receive all the solid content! Having said this, they more or less assume that the readers are convinced that expository preaching is of great value, discussing it only in chapter 2. They are more interested in how this is communicated. Which is precisely what makes this book unique in its approach. I feel as if there could have been more to write, but that is only because it was so good. Highly recommended.
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Wonderful concise introduction to composing and delivering sermons that engage
5 stars By Gary Ware, Jul 16 2013
What does Saving Eutycus (Gary Millar and Phil Campbell, Matthias Media, 2013) promise?
In 172 focussed and engaging pages Millar and Campbell unpack the book's subtitle How to preach God's Word and keep people awake'.
What I liked.
Everything.
Though not a sermon, Saving Eutychus is a wonderful example of practising what it preaches (so to speak). Ideas are introduced, explained in straightforward and well illustrated ways, and then their practical usage is demonstrated before moving on.
There is no padding, and, like the best preaching this reader reached the end of each chapter wishing for more. Saving Eutychus doesn't take the place of larger books on hermeneutics, homiletics, biblical theology, biblical studies, and communication theory, but you'll want to wade into them all with fresh enthusiasm and purpose after having your appetite whetted by this book.
The authors identify which chapters they principally authored, with Millar's chapters covering spiritual preparation and the difference between preaching and lecturing; identifying the Gospel imperative in texts (particularly the Old Testament); and the process of ongoing accountable evaluation. Campbell covers techniques in composing written material that can be effectively delivered as spoken word; structure, emphasis and omitting unhelpful material; identifying the big idea; verbal delivery; and a tutorial in preparing and delivering a sermon.
The sheer helpfulness and practicality of Campbell's ten tips for preaching and Millar's chapter on preaching Gospel from Old Testament (in which he distills the essence of many books worth of Biblical Theology into a handful of pages) are standouts.
What I'm not sure about.
Nothing major.
Even if you're not in the habit of writing out sermons in full, which is the book's recommended model, there's still so much content that is helpful and constructively challenging.
I was disappointed not to see the works of Sidney Greidanus recognised as a biblical theologian who has done wonderful work in the practical area of preaching gospel from Old Testament texts.
The subsuming of covenant theology into (and to the margins of) biblical theology continues.
I didn't discern much reference to how systematic theology contributes to interpretation and sermon theme development.
I can't recommend this book highly enough.
I've been preparing and delivering sermons for twenty-five years and Saving Eutychus taught me, challenged me, encouraged me, and also reminded me of the great goal of effective preaching: it's not just to keep folk awake, it's to be the Spirit-empowered means by which God ushers people into His family and grows them to become more like Jesus.
The Kindle edition of Saving Eutychus upon which this review is based was provided by Cross Focused Reviews (in conjunction with Matthias Media) for their Saving Eutychus blog tour.
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  • Catalogue Code 378108
  • Product Code 9781922206251
  • ISBN 1922206253
  • EAN 9781922206251
  • Pages 176
  • Department Academic
  • Category Church
  • Sub-Category Preaching
  • Publisher Matthias Media
  • Publication Date Jun 2013
  • Sales Rank #1277
  • Weight 0.262kg

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