Fundamentals of Preaching

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Fortress Press, 1985 - Religion - 223 pages
Originally published in 1983, Fundamentals of Preaching has been a leading comprehensive textbook on preaching, guiding in the novice from the first steps of conceiving the sermon through the actual construction and delivery of it. In this new, revised form, it continues its outstanding qualities, with much input from recent homiletical studies and from the preaching of women.

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User Review  - oataker - LibraryThing

Worthy book on the subject, quite practical, with so many examples they tend to pad it out. Useful classification of the types of sermons that are given, they are not all three point sermons. Not ... Read full review

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The Tradition of Preaching
The Importance of the Bible
The Personal Dimension
Constructing the Sermon
Beginnings and Endings
Illustrating the Sermon
Matters of Style and Delivery
What to Preach
The Person Behind the Sermon

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Page 97 - They said unto him, Grant unto us that we may sit, one on thy right hand, and the other on thy left hand, in thy glory.
Page 34 - The great secret of morals is love; or a going out of our own nature, and an identification of ourselves with the beautiful which exists in thought, action, or person, not our own. A man to be greatly good, must imagine intensely and comprehensively; he must put himself in the place of another and of many others; the pains and pleasures of his species must become his own.
Page 82 - As a deer longs for flowing streams, so my soul longs for you, O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When shall I come and behold the face of God? My tears have been my food day and night, while people say to me continually, "Where is your God?
Page 110 - Whom have I in heaven but thee? And there is nothing upon earth that I desire besides thee.
Page 110 - My flesh and my heart faileth: but God is the strength of my heart, and my portion for ever.
Page 109 - Before I'll be a slave I'll be buried in my grave, And go home to my Lord And be free.
Page 68 - Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus.
Page 43 - For this cause left I thee in Crete, that thou shouldest set in order the things that are wanting, and ordain elders in every city, as I had appointed thee : 6 If any be blameless, the husband of one wife, having faithful children not accused of riot or unruly.
Page 96 - And the Lord said unto him, This is the land which I sware unto Abraham, unto Isaac, and unto Jacob, saying, I will give it unto thy seed : I have caused thee to see it with thine eyes, but thou shalt not go over thither.
Page 88 - The moment you step into the world of facts, you step into a world of limits. You can free things from alien or accidental laws, but not from the laws of their own nature. You may, if you like, free a tiger from his bars; but do not free him from his stripes. Do not free a camel of the burden of his hump: you may be freeing him from being a camel. Do not go about as...

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