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Preaching: The Art of Narrative Exposition

by Calvin Miller Baker Books (2006) – Hardback – 284 pages. Calvin Miller has done it again. The noted author and former professor of preaching at Beeson Divinity School of Samford Univeristy, has published a book on sermon making simply titled, Preaching: The Art of Narrative Exposition. Miller is an artist in the pulpit. He has

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Preaching to a Postmodern World

by Graham Johnston Baker, 2001, Paperback Preaching to a Postmodern World is the title of one of my favorite books that I read in 2002. The author, Graham Johnston, is an evangelical minister who serves as a senior pastor in Western Australia. In this insightful presentation for biblical communicators, Dr. Johnston told about an encounter he

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The Preacher and The Presidents

by Nancy Gibbs and Michael Duffy Center Street, 2007,  Hardcover The Preacher and The Presidents, co-authored by Nancy Gibbs and Michael Duffy, veteran reporters for Time Magazine, is one the very best books I read during the last year. These authors had unusual access to the famous evangelist, as well as those closest to the ten

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The Papa Prayer: The Prayer You’ve Never Prayed

by Larry Crabb Integrity Publishers, 2006 Why read another book on the Lord’s Prayer? On the surface, that may seem to be a good question, but it is almost like asking, why read another book about the Bible? The Papa Prayer, written by long time author Larry Crabb, is worth your time commitment in terms of

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Creating Stories That Connect

by  D. Bruce Seymour Kregel Publications, 2007, Paperback Creating Stories That Connect: A Pastor’s Guide to Storytelling, is well worth the time of the preaching pastor. In the vein of Calvin Miller, author Bruce Seymour offers help to all of us who face the challenge of communicating “the old old story” to Biblically illiterate generations of people we

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A City Upon a Hill

by Larry Witham Harper Collins A City Upon a Hill, is a unique consideration of America through the lens of the sermon. Essentially, Larry Witham has given the reading public a four hundred year history of preaching in America. In a analytically artful way, Witham has described how sermons have shaped America’s self-understanding from colonial

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Your God and Your Tears

Psalm 56:8-11 Children are experts in the crying business. They can fall and skin a knee, and the tears flow. They can fall off their tricycles or bicycles, and the tears well up in their eyes and trickle down their little cheeks. They know how to cry. Crying, shedding tears, is a part of life.

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Worshiping the SAVIOR, Not a Celebrity

Matthew 28:16-20 The word Twitter has entered our vocabulary recently. With the Iranian protesters using Twitter as a means of telling their story in that troubled nation, millions of people have been exposed to the brutal reactions of the Iranian government. The authorities have been seen beating and, in some instances, killing those who have

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Why is the Church So Important?

I Cor. 1:2; 3:5-10 and 16:19. “I am an alumnus of the church”, the man said to a friend. He obviously had given up on the church. I don’t know that I have ever heard of that term until I heard that story. It raises the question, is the church really important? When Jesus said, “upon this rock,

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What is Your Church Worth to You?

Ephesians 5:25-33 There is an old story told by ministers concerning a wedding ceremony that describes a rather tense and nervous moment. The tension was not so much during the ceremony but afterward. The groom rather sheepishly comes to the pastor half way apologizing for not giving him an honorarium. He says “I just don’t know

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