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Thematic Preaching: An Introduction [Paperback]

By Jane Ranney Rzepka (Author) & Kenneth W. Sawyer (Joint Author)
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"Illuminating, beautifully written, and filled with practical wisdom, this book will inspire and delight. The authors open the door on a way of preaching often neglected that has the power to minister profoundly to people. I highly recommend it for preachers, students of preaching, and congregants who value good preaching." - Rebecca Parker, Starr King School for the Ministry

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This basic text focuses on "preaching as ministry," that is, preaching from themes and topics that minister to the congregation, in contrast to the more traditional sermons that spring from a biblical text. The book begins with a section on practical aspects of sermon preparation and delivery, then offers specific ways sermons become ministry. Four illustrative sermons are included.

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Studio: Chalice Press
Pages   244
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.02" Width: 6.04" Height: 0.68"
Weight:   0.8 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   May 1, 2001
Publisher   Christian Board of Publication
ISBN  0827236530  
ISBN13  9780827236530  

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A great resource for Homiletics  May 20, 2005
Rzepka and Sawyer offer an instructional guide clearly based on their experience in the pulpit, for those who are preparing to enter the pulpit. They take the elements that they have taught to students in homiletics classes at Harvard and translated it into a handbook for professionals. It is a very thorough and extensive look at preparing a sermon in the first section of the book. They examine the difficulties of the task and offer recommendations and solutions for accomplishing it. The steps they take in the preparation method here is a tremendous resource for any person who preaches, but more specifically geared towards the professionally. The second section of the book is a collection of sermons based on various themes from various authors. The authors of the book offer an introduction to each sermon that addresses each general theme. This often includes listing possible variations within the theme, reasons to prepare such a sermon, and things to avoid or reasons to avoid such themes. The sermons themselves then give a full example of that theme put into practice. This section gives an extensive view of what to prepare the sermon on, which is also helpful for the professional. The only possible drawback in this section is the Unitarian Universalist perspective the sermons are offered from, which is not necessarily Biblically-based. This can cause difficulties for the Christian reader, who more likely bases their sermons on the Bible. However, the process offered is no different if one looks past that difference. The third section addresses issues that the preacher faces in offering the carefully prepared message that has been detailed in the first two sections. Overall, this book is a helpful and insightful tool for any preacher who reads it.

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