Item description for Preaching with Spiritual Vigour: Including Lessons from the the Life and Practice of Richard Baxter by Murray A. Capill...
Overview Two trends are to be avoided in preaching. On the one hand a subjectivism and entertainment orientation for the crutch of popularity: on the other an intellectualism, a zimmer frame encouraging impressions of depth and thoughtfulness. We need guidance and help for our preaching that doesn't send us skittering down the road of the latest fad adapted from the world. Richard Baxter is regarded as one of the Christian church's models of pastoral practice, many books have been written about his pastoral skills and methods to aid the modern pastor, but Baxter was also an effective preacher. It is one of the reasons why his ministry showed that spark of vitality that changed his surrounding community for the better. Murray Capill set out to discover Baxter's secret. From a thorough study of Baxter's preaching ministry he has constructed a useful framework for us to follow. Not theoretical or historical in orientation, it seeks to inspire and assist pastors to greater preaching vitality.
Publishers Description Two trends are to be avoided in preaching. On the one hand a subjectivism and entertainment orientation for the crutch of popularity: on the other an intellectualism, a zimmer frame encouraging impressions of depth and thoughtfulness. We need guidance and help for our preaching that doesn't send us skittering down the road of the latest fad adapted from the world.Richard Baxter is regarded as one of the Christian church's models of pastoral practice, many books have been written about his pastoral skills and methods to aid the modern pastor, but Baxter was also an effective preacher. It is one of the reasons why his ministry showed that spark of vitality that changed his surrounding community for the better.Murray Capill set out to discover Baxter's secret. From a thorough study of Baxter's preaching ministry he has constructed a useful framework for us to follow.Not theoretical or historical in orientation, it seeks to inspire and assist pastors to greater preaching vitality.
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Studio: Christian Focus
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.75" Width: 5.5" Height: 8.25" Weight: 0.75 lbs.
Release Date Aug 1, 2003
Publisher Christian Focus Publications
ISBN 1857928571 ISBN13 9781857928570
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More About Murray A. Capill
Murray A Capill is Principal of Reformed Theological College, in Victoria, Australia. He comes from New Zealand where he pastored a church in Auckland for 10 years. Murray is married to Wendy, and they have five children living at home.
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A Fresh Old Look at Preaching Mar 21, 2006
For many years I made it a habit of reading at least one book every year on the subject of preaching. I started this early in my pastoral ministry and I have 15 books on my shelf that are on this topic. A few years ago I couldn't bring myself to buy another book about preaching. I would go to Lifeway or Mardel and peruse the shelves looking from something fresh that would either give me new insight or inspiration into the work of preaching the gospel only to find it was the same ideas rehashed. It seems a lot of thought was put into the titles of many of the books I found on preaching. I almost bought several books based only on the cover art and title, but I kept making the mistake of opening them to the table of contents.
Well, this year I did buy a book on preaching. To be frank, I had to force myself to read it. I took it with me on a trip to India. I knew the plane ride would be long and boring and it would force me into the book. So I forced myself to start reading it, but I didn't have to make myself finish it. Once I started finishing wasn't a problem.
"Preaching with Spiritual Vigour" (my spell check wants me to believe I'm spelling Vigour incorrectly and I am for an American, but this is an Englishman's book so vigour works) is not just about the skill of biblical oratory. That is what makes the book fresh. It almost seems odd calling it fresh since the author's primary source for this book is the writing and ministry of Richard Baxter. Baxter's most famous work, "Reformed Pastor" is one of my favorite books and the inspiration for much of what Capill writes about preaching in this work.
What makes Capill's book fresh and new is the approach he takes to the subject of preaching. He demonstrates how preaching is not only about study and oratorical skills, but about the life, spirituality and heart of the pastor. There is too much good material in the book to condense it down in this review, but let me point out some of what I feel are the highlights.
Capill makes the strong point that what is needed is spiritual fervor and depth. Too much preaching is cold and mechanical. The common answer is to run to another conference or seminar or read another book or watch a new video series. "The one thing most necessary - a revitalized communion with the Lord - is the thing most easily neglected. Anything else, however, is but a short-term remedy."
Capill also draws upon Baxter for insight into the necessity for a pastor to not only know the Bible, but to know his people. The sermon has power in the lives of people when it is applied to their specific situations. Baxter saw the pulpit as the place to give godly instruction and counsel.
The book does delve into form and structure of a sermon, but not in great detail. It shows Baxter's method of giving the teachings or doctrines of a text, showing the validity of these truths and explaining them from scripture, and then applying these truths to the lives and hearts of the congregation. Application played the largest role in Baxter's preaching. It was never just an ending to a theoretical or academic teaching. The application was the most important part and Baxter aimed his preaching at the heart. Baxter, for the most part, was able to preach a faith that made sense to the mind, while at the same time moved the heart. The tendency in most quarters is to go to one extreme or the other - to either turn preaching into a seminary lecture, or to make it a strictly emotional appeal with no foundation of truth under girding the teaching.
Baxter also believed that "preaching was to be plain. Not boring. Not dull. But plain in that it avoided unnecessary displays of learning and all gimmicks that might detract from the message." His preaching was "passionate and energetic, full of imagery and illustration, easy to understand yet powerful...In plain language, addressed to the ears of the common man, he found immense power." He was simple without being simplistic. He was comprehensible to the listeners without being trite, superficial or insignificant.
I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants more than just information of methods of sermon construction and different types of sermons and the typical information rehashed in almost every sermon book. Capill is really writing about the pastoral ministry of Richard Baxter, but it doesn't come across as a biography; nor does he imply that Baxter did everything perfectly. He has taken some of the best from the life of a great pastor and tried to make it useful to preachers of this age.