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Biblical Preaching (2nd Edition) [Hardcover]

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Pages   256
Dimensions:   Length: 1" Width: 6" Height: 9.5"
Weight:   1.15 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Jun 1, 2001
Publisher   Baker Publishing Group
ISBN  0801022622  
EAN  9780801022623  

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Updated version of Haddon Robinson's best-selling book Biblical Preaching which provided a methodology for creating and delivering significant, effective sermons.

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Haddon Robinson's classic, with more than 150,000 in print, is a lesson in the basics. This updated edition will benefit a new generation of preachers. Praised by Newsweek magazine and his peers as one of America's most significant preachers, Robinson guides you step-by-step through the fundamentals of preparing and preaching an expository sermon.

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Haddon W. Robinson (PhD, University of Illinois) is the Harold John Ockenga Distinguished Professor of Preaching and senior director of the Doctor of Ministry Program at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in South Hamilton, Massachusetts. He has authored numerous books, including "It's All in How You Tell It "and "Making a Difference in Preaching".

Haddon W. Robinson currently resides in South Hamilton, in the state of Massachusetts.

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Basics of preaching  Jan 15, 2007
I thought I knew about preaching the Bible before I read this book but relised how ignorant I had been. It helped me to get down to some basic but vital principles of studying and preparation.
How to Preach by the Book  Dec 1, 2006
For the benefit of twenty-first century readers, the Harold John Ockenga Distinguished Professor of Preaching at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, Haddon W. Robinson, Ph.D., has revised and updated his 1980 classic, Biblical Preaching (Grand Rapids, Mich.: Baker Academic). The 2001 version, still subtitled, The Development and Delivery of Expository Messages, takes into account a changed culture and audience which now thinks "with pictures in their heads" (10). In his preface to the second edition, Professor Robinson admits he sees "some matters more clearly now than I did two decades ago" (10) (who does not?). Therefore, even though his thesis remains the same--"sermons must deal with ideas or they deal with nothing" (10)--Robinson's second edition is a conscious effort to improve on the clarity of his writing and the gender- sensitivity of his pronouns. The result is a methodical, highly readable homily on the art and--dare I say it--science of the development and delivery of the conscience-stirring, biblically-based, expository sermon.

In ten chapters and two appendices Professor Robinson takes his readers on a guided tour of the well-done expository sermon. He begins by expounding on the premise behind preaching, then takes us step-by-step from a message's genesis in the Bible through its various developmental stages, ending with the preacher's delivery of the carefully crafted homily in the pulpit. The final two chapters of Biblical Preaching discuss the elements of style and delivery absolutely essential to achieving the biblical expositor's ultimate goal--the edification of his audience. For a work designed to serve as a how-to manual on an important aspect of a professional discipline, the language is surprisingly crisp and accessible, free of the eye-glazing, esoteric jargon usually cluttering textbooks, evincing an avuncular warmth reminiscent of a savvy old pro's soft-spoken advice to a struggling rookie.

No one's preaching will be hurt by reading this brother's outstanding book.
Seminal Volume on Expository Preaching  Mar 21, 2006

Robinson, Haddon W. Biblical Preaching: The Development and Delivery of Expository Messages. Second Edition. Grand Rapids: Baker Academics, 2001.

Summary of Purpose

Robinson's first edition of Biblical Preaching (Baker, 1980) stands as one of the seminal volumes on the subject. This second edition revised and updated that earlier work. Robinson began by lamenting the paucity of true expository preaching and defined what constitutes authentic expository preaching. "Expository preaching is the communication of a biblical concept, derived from and transmitted through a historical, grammatical and literary study of a passage in its context which the Holy Spirit first applies to the personality and experience of the preacher, then through him to his hearers" (20). Most of the book is devoted to developing Robinson's ten-step approach toward expository sermon development. The final chapters address the mechanics of sermon delivery.

Robinson declared that many so-called expository sermons are neither expository nor sermons. His thesis contends that authentic expository sermons must focus on presenting the "big idea" of a specific biblical passage. True expository sermons must draw their subjects from the main idea of the text itself. The preacher must state the big idea in terms of a subject and a complement. The main points of the sermon serve to develop and support that subject as limited by the complement. He insisted that preachers do not deliver sermons; they deliver messages from God as revealed in the Scriptures. The message must first be true to the text, accurately exegeted, interpreted in light of the modern culture, and delivered with passion and persuasiveness. The book is replete with examples, illustrations, and practical advise from a trusted sage.

Analysis of Strengths

Robinson's writing style reflected his approach to preaching--lucid, vivid, and meaningful. He can express an ocean of thought in a drop of language. Novice readers will not be intimidated. Seasoned professionals will find the book a refreshing reminder of their sacred task.

Robinson's thesis stands as the true strength of the book: the preacher must discover the meaning within a given text and present that message in clear contemporary language. He is right when he opined that many preachers are guilty of preaching three or four ideas in one message rather than one idea shaped and supported by the major points. "A sermon should be a bullet, not buckshot" (35). Robinson does a fine job of helping the reader think through how a subject is determined and framed. The practice exercises are priceless.

Robinson possesses a high view of the task of preaching and of preachers. The preacher stands in the gap between heaven and earth seeking to convey eternal, life-changing truths. Robinson urged readers to be faithful to the text. Preachers deliver God's message, not their own. God is speaking through the Bible. He warned readers that when preachers fail to preach the Scriptures, they abandoned their authority.

Robinson's ten stages in the development of expository messages provide readers with a systematized approach to sermon preparation. As one would expect, Robinson instructed readers to begin with the text. However, step six can prove exceptionally helpful to many: determine the sermon's purpose. Often the purpose of expository messages is ill defined. Preachers assume that the purpose of the sermon is to present and explain the text assuming the Holy Spirit would provide the individual application. Robinson cautioned that the preachers must answer the question, So what? If the preacher does not know what he or she hopes to accomplish with the message, neither will the listeners.

Some readers will appreciate Robinson acknowledging that not every Scripture passage has homiletic value for a particular congregation (54). Those preachers who preach systematically through books of the Bible should not feel they have to preach a particular passage meant for another people or another day.

Analysis of Weaknesses

Three factors could make this good book even better. First, the book could use more explanation on how to do proper exegesis. Robinson urged readers to study commentaries, grammars, lexicons, and other aids. However, this reviewer would have liked a few pages of "show and tell." Perhaps the lack of authentic expository sermons lies in the lack of competent exegetical skills. The text can never mean what it never could have meant. I would have gladly traded a few pages on dress and appearance for a more detailed analysis of quality exegesis. I would have appreciated more information on how to move from an exegetical outline, to a didactic outline, then to a homiletic outline.

Second, Robinson insisted that preachers must artfully choose their words. He gave examples from poets, presidents, and other preachers. He insisted that a well-turned phrase creates vivid imagery the audience would appreciate. I do not doubt an audience would desire picturesque speech, but I would not want a listener to fixate on a skillful turn of a phrase and miss the point. When reading a book, a reader can pause, appreciate the beauty of the language, and then move on. In spoken communication, a distracted mind is a lost mind. Robinson provided several stirring examples of vivid word usage, however many of the examples were meant for printed publication, not just a single Sunday morning delivery. Words should never stand in the way of understanding--even good words.

Third, Robinson updated his earlier work to reflect several cultural and technological changes that were unknown twenty-five years ago, such as women preachers and the widespread use of computers. However, he missed an opportunity to address the effect of postmodernism on how listeners understand truth. While it is inspiring that Robinson embraces a high view of Scripture, many church attendees are skeptical of authoritative truth claims. Robinson urged his readers to ask three developmental questions of the text, one of which is, "Is it true?" (80). The postmodern person cares less about truth and more about relevance. Such pragmatism presents a challenge for preachers who proclaim, "Thus saith the Lord."

Application and Implications

Biblical Preaching is an outstanding primer on the preaching task. It stands along side of Brown, Clinard, and Northcutt's classic Steps to the Sermon. There is little unusable material in Robinson's book. Biblical Preaching is a wonderful tool for the novice and seasoned preacher. Robinson's thesis continues to remain valid into the twenty-first century. The Bible is same book and contains the same message preached two thousand years. As such, it can turn this modern world upside down as well. It can also serve as a corrective to poor theology.

For example, some leaders of the emerging church movement have devalued the role of preaching in worship. These Generation X preachers have forsaken sermons for narrative "talks." The pulpit is replace by a stool. These preachers sheepishly proclaim that they struggle along the same path of understanding as do the listeners. These preachers do not want to appear superior. Propositional truth claims are eschewed. There is no clear word from the Lord.

Reformation Christianity stands upon the declaration, sola scriptura. Spiritual transformation occurs when a person encounters God. People encounter God in and through the Scriptures. Expository preaching unwraps God's message preserved in the Bible, clears away the cultural clutter, introduces listeners to life-transforming truths, and provides a medium through which people can encounter the Divine.

Robinson affirms the centrality of the spoken word to reveal the living Word. God has spoken and he continues to speak through the Scriptures. The Christian church has no other source for moral, ethical, or theological authority. Expository preaching, properly done, functions to bridge the gap between the temporal and the eternal. Robinson's book helps that purpose. Robinson's insistence on relevant application will help ensure that an expository message does not devolve into an academic lecture. The revised edition will ensure its continued use in seminaries and Bible colleges for years to come.

Biblical Preaching: The Development and Delivery of Expository Messages  Feb 20, 2006
Excellent book in teaching expository preaching.
Instructions are clear and easy to follow.
Every preacher must own this  Jun 22, 2005
If you're a novice pastor or preacher and you're lost on how to formulate and deliver a sermon this book is the best place to start. Robinson's book is not only organized, practical, scholarly, and easy to understand it is also passionate about the subject matter at hand. Robinson gives good and effective pointers on how to formulate sermons, do exegesis, and to speak behind the pulpit (or capturing the congregation's attention). Another good aspect about the book is that it is written from an explicitly evangelical perspective. In a time when evangelical preaching is going down the tubes this book is a great guide on how to biblically preach to a congregation and remain faithful to God's word. This book must be in every pastor's library.

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