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The Art & Craft of Biblical Preaching

Haddon Robinson (Ed)Craig Larson (Ed)
The Art & Craft of Biblical Preaching
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The Art & Craft of Biblical Preaching

Haddon Robinson (Ed)Craig Larson (Ed)

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An omnibus of over 200 chapters by some of today's most respected preachers, covering every aspect of the preacher's craft.

THE ART AND CRAFT OF BIBLICAL PREACHING is far-reaching in scope, covering every aspect of homiletics from numerous angles and providing not only a source of information, but also a forum for different perspectives. It is filled with practical wisdom from the most renowned preachers in contemporary evangelicalism. And with its accompanying CD, it supplements its vast information with actual audio examples.
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An omnibus of over 200 chapters by some of today's most respected preachers, covering every aspect of the preacher's craft.

THE ART AND CRAFT OF BIBLICAL PREACHING is far-reaching in scope, covering every aspect of homiletics from numerous angles and providing not only a source of information, but also a forum for different perspectives. It is filled with practical wisdom from the most renowned preachers in contemporary evangelicalism. And with its accompanying CD, it supplements its vast information with actual audio examples.
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A Comprehensive Resource for Today's CommunicatorsThis extensive encyclopedia is the most completeand practical work ever published on the art andcraft of biblical preaching. The 11 major sectionscontain almost 200 articles, which cover every possiblepreaching topic, including changing lives, sermonstructure, "the big idea," introductions, outlining, transitions, conclusions, passionate delivery, application, leveraging illustrations, telling stories, preaching narrative texts, topical preaching, expository preaching, evangelistic preaching, preaching to postmoderns, using humor, speakingwith authority, and many others. Entries are characterizedby intensely practical and vivid writingdesigned to help preachers deepen their understandingand sharpen their communication skills.The contributors include a virtual Who's Who ofpreaching from a cross section of denominations andtraditions, such as John Ortberg, Rick Warren, Warren Wiersbe, Alice Mathews, John Piper, AndyStanley, and many othe
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The Art and Craft of Biblical PreachingCopyright 2005 by Christianity Today InternationalRequests for information should be addressed to:Zondervan, Grand Rapids, Michigan 49530Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication DataRobinson, Haddon.The art and craft of biblical preaching : a comprehensive resource for today''s communicators / Haddon Robinson,Craig Brian Larson, general editors.p. cm.Includes bibliographical references and index.ISBN 0-310-25248-2 (jacketed hardcover)-ISBN 0-310-25249-0 (companion audio CD)1. Bible-Homiletical use-Encyclopedias. I. Robinson, Haddon W. II. Larson, Craig Brian.BS534.5.A78 2005251''.003-dc22 2004015689CIPISBN-13: 978-0-310-25248-1This edition printed on acid-free paper.All Scripture quotations, unless otherwise indicated, are taken from the Holy Bible: New International Version. NIV. Copyright 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved.The website addresses recommended throughout this book are offered as a resource to you. These websites are not intended inany way to be or imply an endorsement on the part of Zondervan, nor do we vouch for their content for the life of this book.All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted in any form orby any means-electronic, mechanical, photocopy, recording, or any other-except for brief quotations in printed reviews,without the prior permission of the publisher.Interior design by Beth ShagenePrinted in the United States of America05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 /?DCI/ 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1The High Call of Preaching How Can I Be Faithful to What God Intends Preaching to Be and Do?Chapter 1Convictions of Biblical PreachingHaddon RobinsonTo do the tough work of being biblicalpreachers, men and women in ministrymust be committed to certain truths.(1) The Bible is the Word of God. As Augustineput it, "When the Bible speaks, Godspeaks." This is the conviction that if I canreally understand a passage in its context, thenwhat I know is what God wants to say. (I don''tbelieve that many evangelicals as well as liberalsreally believe this.)(2) The entire Bible is the Word of God. Notonly Romans but Leviticus, not only Ephesiansbut Esther. Not merely the "hot" passages butthe "cold" ones.(3) The Bible is self-authenticating. If peoplecan be exposed to an understanding of theScriptures on a regular basis, then they do notneed arguments about the veracity of Scripture.Therefore, a listener or reader doesn''t have tobuy into the first two commitments before Godcan work in a person''s life through his Word.(4) This leads to a "Thus saith the Lord"approach to preaching. I am not referring to ahomiletical method here, but to a desire to openup the Scriptures so that the authority of themessage rests on the Bible. (This works againstthe anti-authoritarian spirit of our society.)(5) The student of the Bible must try to getat the intent of the biblical writer. The firstquestion is, "What did the biblical writer wantto say to the biblical reader? Why?" TheReader Response theory embraced by many literaryscholars today will not work for the studyof the Bible. Simply put, "The Bible cannotmean what it has not meant."(6) The Bible is a book about God. It is nota religious book of advice about the "answers"we need about a happy marriage, sex, work, orlosing weight. Although the Scriptures reflecton many of those issues, they are above allabout who God is and what God thinks andwills. I understand reality only if I have anappreciation for who he is and what he desiresfor his creation and from his creation.(7) We don''t "make the Bible relevant"; weshow its relevance. Truth is as relevant as waterto thirst or food to hunger. Modern advertisingcreates needs that don''t really exist to move themerchandise.Chapter 2A Definition of Biblical PreachingJohn StottIintend to supply a definition of biblical expositionand to present a case for it. It seems tome that these two
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Meet the Authors

Haddon Robinson (Ed)

Haddon W. Robinson (Ph.D., University of Illinois) is the Harold John Ockenga Distinguished Professor of Preaching and Presdent of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in South Hamilton, Massachusetts. His book, Biblical Preaching, has sold more than 200,000 copies and has been used extensively in Bible colleges and seminaries since 1980.

Craig Larson (Ed)

Craig Brian Larson is chief editor for Christianity Today's PreachingToday.com, an online journal and illustration service. He also pastors a church in Chicago, Illinois. His books include Contemporary Illustrations for Preachers, Teachers, and Writers; Preaching That Connects; and The Art and Craft of Biblical Preaching. He and his family live in the Chicago suburbs.

Table Of Contents

  • How To Use This Book...15
  • Contributors...17
  • Acknowledgments...20
  • Part 1: The High Call Of Preaching
  • How Can I Be Faithful To What God Intends
  • Preaching To Be And Do?
  • 1. Convictions Of Biblical Preaching...23
  • Haddon Robinson
  • 2. A Definition Of Biblical Preaching...24
  • John Stott
  • 3. A Weekly Dose Of Compressed Dignity...29
  • Craig Brian Larson
  • 4. Overfed, Underchallenged...31
  • Jay Kesler
  • 5. Theology Of Powerful Preaching...33
  • Jay E.adams
  • 6. Preaching That Raises Our Sights...36
  • Crawford Loritts
  • 7. Leading And Feeding...37
  • Jack Hayford
  • 8. John 3:16 In The Key Of C...41
  • Jeffrey Arthurs
  • 9. Growing In Your Preaching...44
  • Bill Hybels
  • 10. Spiritual Formation Through Preaching...48
  • Robertson Mcquilkin
  • 11. Preaching Life Into The Church...53
  • Jeffrey Arthurs
  • 12. My Theory Of Homiletics...58
  • Haddon Robinson
  • 13. Staying On The Line...59
  • David Helm
  • 14. History Of Preaching...64
  • Michael Quicke
  • Part 2: The Spiritual Life Of The Preacher
  • How Should I Attend To My Soul So That I Am
  • Spiritually Prepared To Preach?
  • 15. A Cup Running Over...71
  • Dallas Willard
  • 16. The Patented Preacher...74
  • Warren W.wiersbe
  • 17. I Prayed For My Preaching...79
  • Joe Mckeever
  • 18. How Does Unction Function?...81
  • Lee Eclov
  • 19. Squeaky Clean...85
  • Kenton C. Anderson
  • 20. Required Reading...89
  • Haddon Robinson
  • 21. Rightly Dividing The Preaching Load...90
  • Larry W. Osborne
  • 22. Preaching Through Personal Pain...95
  • Daniel T. Hans
  • 23. A Prophet Among You...99
  • Maxie Dunnam
  • 24. Burning Clean Fuel...103
  • Scott Wenig
  • Contents
  • 25. Backdraft Preaching...105
  • Mark Buchanan
  • 26. Why I Pace Before I Preach...108
  • Walter Wangerin Jr.
  • 27. Preaching To Convulse The Demons...109
  • Craig Barnes
  • 28. Holy Expectation...112
  • Haddon Robinson
  • Part 3: Considering Hearers
  • How Should My Approach Change Depending
  • On Who Is Listening?
  • 29. Preaching To Everyone In Particular...115
  • Haddon Robinson
  • 30. The Power Of Simplicity...121
  • Chuck Smith
  • 31. View From The Pew...124
  • John Koessler
  • 32. Preaching To Ordinary People...126
  • Lewis Smedes
  • 33. Why Serious Preachers Use Humor...130
  • John Beukema
  • 34. Connect Hearers Through Dialogue...141
  • Jeffrey Arthurs
  • 35. Self-disclosure That Glorifies Christ...143
  • Joe Stowell
  • 36. How To Be Heard...145
  • Fred Smith
  • 37. Opening The Closed American Mind...149
  • Ed Dobson
  • 38. Turning An Audience Into The Church...154
  • Will Willimon
  • 39. Preaching To Change The Heart...159
  • Alistair Begg
  • 40. Preaching Truth, Justice, And The American Way...163
  • Rick Mckinniss
  • 41. Preaching Morality In An Amoral Age...166
  • Timothy Keller
  • 42. Cross-cultural Preaching...171
  • Rick Richardson
  • 43. Connecting With Postmoderns...174
  • Robertson Mcquilkin
  • 44. Preaching Amid Pluralism...177
  • Timothy Keller
  • 45. Connecting With Non-christians...179
  • John Koessler
  • 46. How To Translate Male Sermons To Women...181
  • Alice Mathews
  • 47. He Said, She Heard...184
  • Jeffrey Arthurs
  • 48. Connecting With Men...188
  • Bill Giovannetti
  • 49. Creating A Singles-friendly Sermon...191
  • Susan Maycinik Nikaido
  • 50. Preaching To Preschoolers...193
  • Marilyn Chandler Mcentyre
  • 51. Hispanic-american Preaching...195
  • Noel Castellanos, Jesse Miranda, Alfredo Ramos
  • 52. African-american Preaching...197
  • Rodney L.cooper
  • 53. Asian-american Preaching...200
  • Matthew D. Kim
  • 54. Work Wins?...204
  • Lee Eclov
  • 55. One Sermon, Two Messages...207
  • Wayne Brouwer
  • 56. The Playful Preacher...210
  • Richard P. Hansen
  • 57. What Authority Do We Have Anymore?...213
  • Haddon Robinson
  • Part 4: Interpretation And Application
  • How Do I Grasp The Correct Meaning Of
  • Scripture And Show Its Relevance To My Unique
  • Hearers?
  • 58. Why The Sermon?...217
  • Ben Patterson
  • 59. Getting The Gold From The Text...221
  • John Koessler
  • 60. Faithful First...226
  • David Jackman
  • 61. God's Letter Of Intent...230
  • Greg R. Scharf
  • 62. Five Bird-dogging Questions For Biblical Exposition...234
  • Earl Palmer
  • 63. The Rules Of The Game...237
  • David L. Allen
  • 64. Why All The Best Preachers Are Theological...241
  • John Koessler
  • 65. Letting The Listeners Make The Discoveries...247
  • Earl Palmer
  • 66. Conviction And Compassion...250
  • S. Bowen Matthews
  • 67. The Inadequacy Of 'yes'
  • Theology...254
  • Ben Patterson
  • 68. What Great Coaches---and Preachers---know...255
  • Craig Brian Larson
  • 69. Preaching That Opens Ears And Hearts...260
  • Haddon Robinson
  • 70. Leading Hearers To The Tree Of Life...261
  • Ted Haggard
  • 71. Fundamentals Of Genre...264
  • David L. Allen
  • 72. From B.c. To 11 A.m...267
  • Steven D.mathewson
  • 73. The Big Idea Of Narrative Preaching...271
  • Paul Borden And Steven N.mathewson
  • 74. Life In Leviticus...281
  • Rob Bell
  • 75. Apply Within...283
  • David Veerman
  • 76. Application Without Moralism...289
  • Bryan Chapell
  • 77. Blending Bible Content And Life Application...294
  • Haddon Robinson
  • 78. Showing Promise...300
  • Craig Brian Larson
  • 79. Helping Hearers Practice What We Preach...302
  • Randy Frazee
  • 80. The Heresy Of Application...306
  • Haddon Robinson
  • 81. Preaching For True Holiness...311
  • Randal Pelton
  • 82. Less Joe, More Jesus...313
  • Joe Stowell
  • 83. Preaching That Promotes Self-centeredness...315
  • Craig Brian Larson
  • 84. The Danger Of Practical Preaching...317
  • Lee Eclov
  • 85. Grace: A License To Wander?...319
  • Bryan Chapell
  • 86. The Rich Sound Of Grace And Holiness...321
  • Kenton C. Anderson
  • Part 5: Structure
  • How Do I Generate, Organize, And Support
  • Ideas In A Way That Is Clear?
  • 87. Set Free From The Cookie Cutter...323
  • Haddon Robinson
  • 88. Say And Do...327
  • Fred Craddock
  • 89. Connecting Biblical Content With Contemporary Audiences...329
  • Mike Yearley
  • 90. Clearly...333
  • Haddon Robinson
  • 91. Skills Of Oral Clarity...336
  • Don Sunukjian
  • 92. Questions That Put Muscle On Bones...338
  • Don Sunukjian
  • 93. Better Big Ideas...353
  • An Interview With Haddon Robinson
  • 94. The Power Of Sequence...358
  • Craig Brian Larson
  • 95. Outlines That Work For You, Not Against You...360
  • Steven D.mathewson
  • 96. The Tension Between Clarity And
  • Suspense...363
  • Donald Sunukjian
  • 97. Lifeblood Of Preaching...367
  • Ian Pitt-watson
  • 98. Alliteration Downfalls...367
  • Don Sunukjian
  • 99. Modulating Tension...369
  • Craig Brian Larson
  • 100. The Purpose-driven Title...370
  • Rick Warren
  • 101. Why Should I Listen To You?...372
  • Kent Edwards
  • 102. Satisfying Conclusions...374
  • Kent Edwards
  • Part 6: Style
  • How Can I Use My Personal Strengths And
  • Various Message Types To Their Full Biblical
  • Potential?
  • 103. Determining Your Strengths And Weaknesses...377
  • Duane Litfin
  • 104. Interesting Preaching...385
  • Stuart Briscoe
  • 105. Crafting An Experience...389
  • Rob Bell
  • 106. Seven Habits Of Highly Effective Preachers...394
  • Craig Brian Larson
  • 107. The Sermon's Mood...400
  • Fred Craddock
  • 108. Teaching The Whole Bible...404
  • D. A.carson
  • 109. Dramatic Expository Preaching...405
  • Haddon Robinson
  • 110. Verse-by-verse Sermons That Really Preach...407
  • Steven D.mathewson
  • 111. What Makes Textual Preaching Unique?...412
  • Steven D.mathewson
  • 112. Can Topical Preaching Also Be Expository?...418
  • Timothy S.warren
  • 113. The Biblical Topical Sermon...421
  • Don Sunukjian
  • 114. Topical Preaching On Bible Characters...424
  • Timothy S.warren
  • 115. Topical Preaching On Contemporary Issues...427
  • Timothy S.warren
  • 116. Topical Preaching On Theological Themes431
  • Timothy S.warren
  • 117. Making The Most Of Biblical Paradoxes...434
  • Richard P. Hansen
  • 118. Getting The Most From The Sermon Series...439
  • Craig Brian Larson
  • 119. Trends In Sermon Series...443
  • F. Bryan Wilkerson
  • 120. The Compelling Series...446
  • An Interview With John Ortberg
  • 121. First-person Narrative Sermons...448
  • Torrey Robinson
  • 122. Biblical Preaching Is About Life Change, Not Sermon Form...451
  • John Ortberg
  • 123. Seven Principles For Reaching Lost People...453
  • Dick Lucas
  • 124. Evangelistic Preaching In The Local Church...461
  • Haddon Robinson
  • 125. Felt-needs Preaching...464
  • An Interview With Duane Litfin
  • 126. Preaching To Those Ripe For Conversion...467
  • An Interview With James Macdonald
  • 127. How To Preach Boldly In A 'whatever' Culture471
  • An Interview With Greg Laurie
  • 128. Preaching With A Leader's Heart...473
  • Jim Nicodem
  • 129. Critique Of The New Homiletic...476
  • Scott M.

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The High Call of Preaching How Can I Be Faithful to What God Intends Preaching to Be and Do? Chapter 1 Convictions of Biblical Preaching Haddon Robinson To do the tough work of being biblical preachers, men and women in ministry must be committed to certain truths. (1) The Bible is the Word of God. As Augustine put it, 'When the Bible speaks, God speaks.' This is the conviction that if I can really understand a passage in its context, then what I know is what God wants to say. (I don't believe that many evangelicals as well as liberals really believe this.) (2) The entire Bible is the Word of God. Not only Romans but Leviticus, not only Ephesians but Esther. Not merely the 'hot' passages but the 'cold' ones. (3) The Bible is self-authenticating. If people can be exposed to an understanding of the Scriptures on a regular basis, then they do not need arguments about the veracity of Scripture. Therefore, a listener or reader doesn't have to buy into the first two commitments before God can work in a person's life through his Word. (4) This leads to a 'Thus saith the Lord' approach to preaching. I am not referring to a homiletical method here, but to a desire to open up the Scriptures so that the authority of the message rests on the Bible. (This works against the anti-authoritarian spirit of our society.) (5) The student of the Bible must try to get at the intent of the biblical writer. The first question is, 'What did the biblical writer want to say to the biblical reader? Why?' The Reader Response theory embraced by many literary scholars today will not work for the study of the Bible. Simply put, 'The Bible cannot mean what it has not meant.' (6) The Bible is a book about God. It is not a religious book of advice about the 'answers' we need about a happy marriage, sex, work, or losing weight. Although the Scriptures reflect on many of those issues, they are above all about who God is and what God thinks and wills. I understand reality only if I have an appreciation for who he is and what he desires for his creation and from his creation. (7) We don't 'make the Bible relevant'; we show its relevance. Truth is as relevant as water to thirst or food to hunger. Modern advertising creates needs that don't really exist to move the merchandise. Chapter 2 A Definition of Biblical Preaching John Stott Iintend to supply a definition of biblical exposition and to present a case for it. It seems to me that these two tasks belong together in that the case for biblical exposition is to be found in its definition. Here, then, is the definition: To expound Scripture is to open up the inspired text with such faithfulness and sensitivity that God's voice is heard and his people obey him. Now let me draw out the implications of this definition in such a way as to present a case for biblical exposition. The definition contains six implications: two convictions about the biblical text, two obligations in expounding it, and two expectations in consequence. TWO CONVICTIONS ABOUT THE BIBLICAL TEXT (1) It is an inspired text. To expound Scripture is to open up the inspired text. Revelation and inspiration belong together. Revelation describes the initiative God has taken to unveil himself and so to disclose himself, since without this revelation he would remain the unknown God. Inspiration describes the process by which he has done so, namely, by speaking to and through the biblical prophets and apostles and by breathing his Word out of his mouth in such a way that it came out of their mouths as well. Otherwise his thoughts would have been unattainable to us. The third word is providence, that is, the loving provision by which God has arranged for the words that he has spoken to be so written down as to form what we call Scripture, and then to be preserved across the centuries so as to be accessible to all people in all places and at all times. Scripture, then, is God's Word written. It is his self-disclosure in speech and writing. Scripture is the product of God's revelation, inspiration, and providence. This first conviction is indispensable to preachers. If God had not spoken, we would not dare to speak, because we would have nothing to say except our own threadbare speculations. But since God has spoken, we too must speak, communicating to others what he has communicated in Scripture. Indeed, we refuse to be silenced. As Amos put it, 'The lion has roared---who will not fear? The Sovereign LORD has spoken---who can but prophesy?' (Amos 3:8), that is, pass on the Word he has spoken. Similarly, Paul echoing Psalm 116:10, wrote, 'We believe and therefore we speak' (2 Cor. 4:13). That is, we believe what God has spoken, and that is why we also speak. I pity the preacher who enters the pulpit with no Bible in his hands, or with a Bible that is more rags and tatters than the Word of the living God. He cannot expound Scripture because he has no Scripture to expound. He cannot speak because he has nothing to say, at least nothing worth saying. Ah, but to enter the pulpit with the confidence that God has spoken and that he's caused what he has spoken to be written and that we have this inspired text in our hands, why then our head begins to swim and our heart to beat and our blood to flow and our eyes to sparkle with the sheer glory of having God's Word in our hands and on our lips. That is the first conviction, and the second is this: (2) The inspired text to some degree is a closed text. That is the implication of my definition. To expound Scripture is to open up the inspired text. So it must be partially closed if it needs to be opened up. And I think at once I see your Protestant hackles rising with indignation. What do you mean, you say to me, that Scripture is partly closed? Is not Scripture an altogether open book? Do you not believe what the sixteenth-century Reformers taught about the perspicuity of Scripture, that it has a seethrough quality, a transparent quality? Cannot even the simple and the uneducated read it for themselves? Is not the Holy Spirit our Godgiven teacher? And with the Word of God and the Spirit of God, must we not say that we need no ecclesiastical magisterium to instruct us? I can say a resounding yes to all of these questions, but what you rightly say needs to be qualified. The Reformers' insistence on the perspicuity of Scripture referred to its central message--- its gospel of salvation through faith in Jesus Christ alone. That is as plain as day in Scripture. But the Reformers did not claim that everything in Scripture was plain. How could they, when Peter said there were some things in Paul's letters that even he couldn't understand (2 Peter 3:16)? If one apostle did not always understand another apostle, it would hardly be modest for us to say that we can.

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This large resource on preaching is a compilation of articles by preachers from a variety of backgrounds, denominations and styles. The focus is very much on expository style preaching.  
It as an excellent reference resource for young preachers to access, and a solid resource for experienced preachers to be refreshed and developed.  
The articles are generally short and very readable. They address a very wide variety of topics and questions by experienced preachers and teachers of preachers. 
There is some variety in the authors and their theological background, so the reader may not appreciate all the perspectives. However, there is much solid, quality articles.
Topics are very broad and include types of preaching, methods, personal life of the preacher, and more. 
A very good preaching resource. 
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