Book Review: The Homiletical Plot: The Sermon as Narrative Art Form

The Homiletical Plot, Expanded Edition: The Sermon as Narrative Art FormThe Homiletical Plot, Expanded Edition: The Sermon as Narrative Art Form by Eugene L. Lowry
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Overall a pretty good book. The concept of narrative sermon has to do with final form for delivery. So, the parts of the book dealing with how to get a sermon idea were the weakest. He doesn’t underplay exposition or theology, but I think the readers might not take them seriously enough. I understand how speaking of the plot of the sermon could be confusing to some, but it needs to be worked through. You going to have to overlook somethings and other things you will need to discern principles and make your own applications. It is a good and helpful read.

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Book Review: Preaching: The Art of Narrative Exposition

Preaching: The Art of Narrative ExpositionPreaching: The Art of Narrative Exposition by Calvin Miller
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I‘ve found something useful in about every book on preaching I’ve read. Some adjustments could’ve made this a higher rating from me, but those would come from differences between me and the author, so it will have to stand. It was a bit of a back-and-forth as I read it, but the good parts were really good. I also picked up a couple of book recommendations.

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Book Review: Expository Exultation: Christian Preaching as Worship

Expository Exultation: Christian Preaching as WorshipExpository Exultation: Christian Preaching as Worship by John Piper
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book is a fantastic treatment of the task of preaching. Piper aims to bring together the rigors of exposition with the beauty of Christ’s Gospel from Genesis to Revelation. He gives careful attention to various texts throughout the Bible to show how every good promised to believers in Scripture is bought by Christ’s work on the cross, so the preaching of Christ from all Scripture is not some tacked on mask or afterthought. This book is helpful on a number of levels and will help you think about the aim of preaching and how that aim is accomplished through faithful exposition.

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Book Review: Writing a Small Group Study

Writing a Small Group StudyWriting a Small Group Study by Richard Sweatman
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is a very helpful and brief book. The author walks through the process of writing a Bible study, with examples and helpful suggestions. The real strength of this approach is that the study is built around exposition of the passage. He touches on various aspects of context, and biblical and systematic theologies. He also give suggestions concerning the use of helps in preparation. Some of the work done will be similar to preparing a sermon, but the end result is a teacher-led Bible study and not a pulpit sermon. He touches on the subject of using pre-written studies versus writing your own studies for your class or group. Though not an extended argument, he does make a case for writing your own. He also gives helpful suggestions for using a pre-written study, should you choose to do so. This book would be valuable to preachers and teachers alike.

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Book Review: On Preaching

On Preaching: Practical Advice for Effective PreachingOn Preaching: Practical Advice for Effective Preaching by H.B. Charles Jr.
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book is filled with practical advice on preaching. No matter how long a man has been preaching, he should always be striving to improve and this book will help.

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