Haddon Robinson wrote Biblical Preaching twenty-seven years ago. It has become a modern classic on the preparation and delivery of expository sermons. Much has changed, however, since it was first published, so Robinson has undertaken the task of updating his work to benefit a new generation of preachers who will speak to a markedly different world. While retaining its original outline and Robinson's ten-stage process of sermon development, this new edition offers significant improvements. Many of the illustrations and arguments have been updated, the prose has been changed to gender-inclusive language, each chapter is enhanced with suggestions for further study, and the discussions of narrative and inductive preaching have been expanded.
This bestselling text by Haddon Robinson, considered by many to be the "teacher of preachers," has sold over 300,000 copies and is a contemporary classic in the field. It offers students, pastors, and Bible teachers expert guidance in the development and delivery of expository sermons. This new edition has been updated throughout and includes helpful exercises.Praise for the Second EditionNamed "One of the 25 Most Influential Preaching Books of the Past 25 Years" by Preaching"[An] outstanding introduction to the task of preparing and presenting biblical sermons. More than any other book of the past quarter century, Biblical Preaching has profoundly influenced a generation of evangelical preachers."--PreachingContents1. The Case for Expository Preaching2. What's the Big Idea?3. Tools of the Trade4. The Road from Text to Sermon5. The Arrow and the Target6. The Shapes Sermons Take7. Making Dry Bones Live8. Start with a Bang and Quit All Over9. The Dress of Thought10. How to Preach So People Will ListenA Final WordSample Sermon and EvaluationStudent ExercisesAnswers to Student ExercisesIndexes
In an attempt to avoid the circularity of earlier studies of sermons or sermonic elements in the Christian writings of the first two centuries, the author tries to outline formal criteria to recognize evidence of preaching in this literature of early Christianity (39). He insists that there must be formal consistencies as well as "indisputable indications of orality and audience" (70) to ensure that a given speech was intended for delivery during the synaxis. In addition, the presence of prophetic speech forms may be important indicators of homiletic activity (79). One of the formal criteria that Stewart-Sykes proposes is that the speech take the [End Page 125] proem form (40), including an interpretation of the text kayÉ ßkaston whereby a passage is cited and then broken down in an expository paraphrase (43-44). Alternately, the text might take a narrative homiletic form, which involves a paraphrase of the biblical text plus an expansion for the purpose of admonition (54-55). 2b1af7f3a8