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A real eye-opener,
This review is from: Biblical Preaching: The Development and Delivery of Expository Messages (Hardcover)This is an excellent book on expository preaching. Robinson declares that in the act of preaching God himself is speaking through the pastor. Thus, as preachers of the Word, we have a tremendous responsibility to be faithful to it. Robinson's thesis is that this faithfulness is best found in expository preaching. He states that expository preaching is more than a philosophy than a method. Does the preacher bend his or her own thought to the Word, or does the Word bend to the preacher's thought? Although Robinson believes that preaching is an art, he rightly states that there is a methodology behind the art that almost anyone can master. So, step-by-step, he leads us through the process of putting together the sermon.
Robinson finds the strength of an expository sermon is that it proclaims the Word. If we do not preach the Word, we abandon authority. The Bible is great literature that demands a response; thus, we are to preach ideas, not word definitions. Robinson lifts us up above the Bible lecture sermon to preaching to demand a response to the living God. The final chapters on delivery, dress and appearance were great. Too many books on preaching ignore these important considerations.
The book was such and eye-opener, I found it very difficult to find fault with it. I will take issue with his criticism of the use of a manuscript. It did not take into account that such great speakers as Bill Hybels uses a manuscript in the pulpit.
Every preacher should own and read this book.