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Preaching with Freshness

ISBN-10: 0825434491
ISBN-13: 9780825434495
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Description: (Foreword by Jay Adams) If more books on preaching were as interesting as this, then perhaps we would have more interesting preachers. --Howard Hendricks

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Book details

List price: $18.50
Publisher: Kregel Publications
Publication date: 5/15/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 264
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 0.60" tall
Weight: 0.682
Language: English

(Foreword by Jay Adams) If more books on preaching were as interesting as this, then perhaps we would have more interesting preachers. --Howard Hendricks

Bruce Mawhinney is senior pastor of New Covenant Fellowship in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania. He received his M.Div. from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary and his D.Min. from Westminster Theological Seminary.

Foreword
Preface
The Board Meeting
The Return of Dr. Vickerson
The Preacher's One Business
The Importance of Starting Early
Planning the week for sermon preparation
Planning three weeks in advance
Planning one year of sermons in advance
Redeeming the Time
Conducting a detailed self-study of your use of time
A Day in the Life
Logging your use of time throughout the day and week
Rifles and Shotguns
The importance of a clear purpose aimed carefully at its target
The danger of "word association sermons"
The purpose statement as the sermon's destination
Introducing the use of aphorisms in preaching
Preaching with Aphorisms
The definition of aphorism
Jesus' use of aphorisms in his preaching
Jonah Snoring
Using "non-dictionary" sounds to enliven preaching
Shaping the Purpose into an Aphorism
Rewriting the purpose statement into a succinct, memorable aphorism
Learning to listen for the use of aphorisms around you
Rewriting worn cliches into fresh, aphoristic statements
Vary the Vehicles
Developing clear, easy-to-follow sermon outlines
Using different kinds of outlines for variety and freshness
Persuasion and Procedure
Sermons aimed at persuasion
Attacking difficult and controversial topics from the pulpit
Procedural sermons: how to change, how to face difficulties, etc.
Surprise Power
Tapping into the power of the surprising statements of Scripture
Creating Internal Dialogue
Using questions to cause the audience to carry on an "internal dialogue" with the preacher
The use of puzzles and riddles to hold interest
Using the apparent contradictions of Scripture to anticipate the responses of the congregation and to challenge their thinking
The Nehemiah Project
Overcoming the tyranny of the urgent
Working with the Church Board to redefine the pastor's job description and to rearrange the congregation's expectations
Surprising Requests
Entering into Paul-Timothy relationships with other pastors
Reservoir Power
A reservoir of Scripture, scholarship, and prayer
Study that goes beyond week-to-week sermon preparation
The importance of studying the sermons of powerful preachers
A Visit to Forest Hills
The Three R's of Preaching
The importance and right use of reminding in preaching
The importance and right use of repetition in preaching
The importance and right use of reiteration preaching
The Six Fold Path
Reading and gathering illustrations and insights from six different categories of books at a time
Turning the Light on the Sermon
Sermon illustrations
Snob Appeal or Sense Appeal
Avoiding words that only boast of the preacher's vocabulary
Employing words that appeal to the five senses
Creating vivid, fresh images
Light from Fog
The importance and place of application in preaching
Campfire Reflections on Preaching
Using similes and metaphors
The place of humor in preaching
The use of puns
The Tale of the Tapes
Using the second person "you" for greater urgency
The importance of sermon analysis
Writing out introductions, conclusion, key thoughts
Home at Last!
The dangers of repeating old illustrations
The importance of using fresh illustrations of the Gospel's power today
The Late Night Phone Call
A Promise Kept
Aftermath
The importance of the preacher's life "adorning" the Gospel
The importance of mutual encouragement in the ministry
A Seminar on Fresh Preaching
The importance of keeping a checklist of principles as a reminder
Preaching-with-Freshness Checklist
One-Page Checklist
Paul's Seminar on Preaching

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