Item description for Preaching with Variety: How to Re-create the Dynamics of Biblical Genres (Preaching With Series) by Jeffrey Arthurs & Haddon Robinson...
Overview This new volume in the "Preaching With" series reveals how pastors can preach in a way that employs-with creativity-the six writing genres or forms found in the Bible. Each chapter includes practical "Try this" suggestions and ends with a quick checklist for preachers to consider when preaching from each of the six genres. Readers will learn how to expand their repertoire of creative, interesting, and relevant sermons.
Publishers Description This new volume in the "Preaching With" series reveals how pastors can preach in a way that employs--with creativity--the six writing genres or forms found in the Bible. Each chapter includes practical "Try this" suggestions and ends with a quick checklist for preachers to consider when preaching from each of the six genres. Readers will learn how to expand their repertoire of creative, interesting, and relevant sermons.
Awards and Recognitions Preaching with Variety: How to Re-create the Dynamics of Biblical Genres (Preaching With Series) by Jeffrey Arthurs & Haddon Robinson has received the following awards and recognitions -
Preaching Book of the Year - 2007 Honorable Mention - Book of the Year category
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Studio: Kregel Academic & Professional
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.53" Width: 6.61" Height: 0.51" Weight: 0.6 lbs.
Release Date Mar 1, 2007
Publisher Kregel Publications
Series Preaching With
ISBN 0825420199 ISBN13 9780825420191
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Good Insights Thoughts for Preaching Feb 8, 2010
Jeffrey D. Arthurs wrote Preaching With Variety for the purpose of encouraging preachers to "preach with variety and excitement" by helping them capture the rhetorical intentions which underlie the major genres of the Bible in the form and presentation of their sermons (11). Arthurs makes an insightful point regarding the importance of understanding a biblical author's rhetorical intentions that lie in the various forms (psalms, narrative, parables, proverbs, epistles and apocalypse) of literature they used in order to communicate a specific meaning and purpose. He states, "I believe that a sermon's content should explain and apply the Word of God as it is found in a biblical text, and a sermon's form should unleash the impact of that text... We should be biblical in how we preach, not just what we preach." To that end, this book describes the rhetorical dynamics of biblical genres and suggests how preachers can reproduce some of those dynamics in their sermons. The impact this book has on the subject of exegesis and hermeneutics is on highlighting the importance of not merely recognizing how a particular genre aids a preacher in determining the biblical author's meaning and intent, but on highlighting the value of finding creative ways in which to "mimic" (replicate or reproduce) that genre in the sermon's form and presentation.
Arthurs begins by presenting his presuppositions as 9.5 theses (a clever play on Luther) in his introductory chapter. Chapters one and two are also introductory in that they lay the background and challenge on which the rest of Preaching with Variety will focus. Chapter one, The Great Communicator, answers the reason and need for this book by explaining why God use different genres. Arthurs proposes a two fold answer: "Because God is both an artist and a persuader. He expresses himself with skill, and he moves audiences with purpose" (23). Chapter two, Speaking Bantu to Channel Surfers, sets forth five factors which influence listeners that preachers need to be aware of and implement if they wish to preach with impact. Arthurs' points need to be heeded by any preacher who desires to have a maximum spiritual impact with as many in his audience as possible (37).
Chapters three through nine deal with the six genres Arthurs examines. Chapter three examines Psalms; chapters four and five, Narrative; chapter six, Parables; chapter seven, Proverbs; chapter eight, Epistles; and chapter nine Apocalyptic Literature. Each of these chapters has the same format and layout, with the exception of chapters four and five where the material is covered in two chapters. Arthurs' presentation is straightforward and easy to follow. He begins each chapter by defining and explaining the particular genre being examined and he ends with a practical "how to" preach that particular genre entitled, "Try It." Arthurs' method of helping preachers discover the key literary features of each genre is enhanced by his use of examples. The most practical section is his Check List at the end of each genre chapter. Each check list is a very handy, easily reproducible, user friendly tool that preachers can have by their side as a quick reference, while they prepare their sermons from each of these genres. The Epilogue, a concise half-page summary, provides an excellent synopsis which encapsulates the biblical authors rhetorical intentions for each of the genres in one sentence sound bites which will also aid the preacher in modeling his sermon's form after the particular genre being studied.
While the format of Arthurs' book is easy to follow, his use of end notes instead of footnotes is cumbersome. Some key points are hidden in several end notes which should have been incorporated into the text since they would have aided in the comprehension of that material. In particular, endnote five of the introduction deals with two definitions of expository preaching, one by Robinson and the other by Wiersbe. These definitions are too crucial to be buried in an endnote (204). The same may be said of endnote 16 (chapter one) which deals with the importance and value of rhetoric (206). Arthurs' dealing with poetry only skims the subject and since most preachers are not well versed in Hebrew poetry (or Hebrew for that matter) this topic should have been expanded to two chapters, as Arthur did with Narratives.
What this reviewer found refreshing is the manner in which Arthur honestly deals with the problem of ineffectual sermons by his choosing to surface and not to focus his attention on what is wrong, but on how to fix it. While readers will not come away with an in-depth understanding of all the different genres, Preaching With Variety may serve as a primer to introduce preachers to these genres, motivate them to pay careful attention to the impact that particular genres have, help them capture that impact in their sermon preparation and then deliver that impact on Sunday morning. This book is a valuable resource to any preacher who seeks to bring as faithful a presentation/representation of the text as possible in his messages.
A great introduction to the genres of the Bible Apr 4, 2009
Dr. Arthurs' book is a great introduction to the genres of the Bible. It is also thought-provoking for anyone who teaches or preaches the Bible. Don't read it if you want to stay comfortable with what you always do when you preach or teach.
Excellent guide to Biblical genres and preaching them May 15, 2007
I hope this book gets the recognition it deserves. This is a power-packed paperback that seeks to stimulate Biblical preachers in developing variety in their preaching through awareness of how the various Biblical genres function. Arthurs offers not only understanding of how the genres do what they do, but also many suggestions on how to reflect their diversity as we preach them.
Arthurs states, "I believe that a sermon's content should explain and apply the Word of God as it is found in a biblical text, and a sermon's form should unleash the impact of that text." (p.13)
Arthurs is not arguing that the form of a text dictate the form of a sermon, even if that were possible. Rather he argues that genre sensitive preaching seeks to replicate the impact of the text. He affirms the great freedom in form available to preachers, and encourages that freedom by presenting the great variety found within the six major Biblical genres.
The first two chapters argue in favor of variety in preaching, firstly because God the master communicator uses such great variety in all His communication - not least in the diverse forms of literature used in His Word, and secondly because our listeners value variety.
The rest of the book deals with six Biblical literary forms: Psalms, Narrative, Parables, Proverbs, Epistles and Apocalyptic. In each case presenting an introduction to the genre, a helpful explanation of the rhetorical devices used to create their impact and numerous helpful suggestions on how to preach the different types of text. The result of these suggestions, if heeded, will be real variety in Biblical preaching.
Arthurs is as much concerned with rightly handling the Biblical forms as he is with prompting variety in preaching. He is urging effective understanding of the rhetorical function of Biblical genre, so that one's preaching might also fizz with Biblical variety. This is not the definitive book on creative preaching, for there are others that suggest many exciting and bizarre possibilities. However this may well become a model book on interpreting Biblical genre (and in that divinely designed diversity is the shove we all need to vary our preaching!)
So I hope this book gets the recognition it deserves. Thomas Long's brief paperback on literary forms has been rightly praised as a helpful introduction to the subject of genre studies with some help for the preacher. Arthur's work is in the same league and may well replace Long's, for it is a more complete introduction to more Biblical genres from a more definite evangelical stance, with much more in the way of practical suggestion for the preacher.
This book will help you say what the text says, and do what the text does!