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Overview This book is designed to show that a preacher does not need to rest on one's speaking ability for a sermon. That a preacher should lay aside the manuscript and sermon notes and go into the pulpit fully and throughly prepared to be the most effective preacher possible.
Publishers Description In this important book, Webb makes two central claims. First, that effective preaching without a manuscript is not a matter of talent as much as it is a matter of preparation. Preachers can learn the practices and disciplines that make it possible to deliver articulate, thoughtfully crafted sermons, not from a written page, but as a natural, spontaneous act of oral communication. Throughout the book, the author offers specific examples including a transcript of a sermon preached without manuscript or notes. Second, that the payoff of learning to preach without a manuscript is nothing less than sermons that more effectively and engagingly give witness to the good news.
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Studio: Abingdon Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.52" Width: 5.56" Height: 0.38" Weight: 0.44 lbs.
Release Date Jan 1, 2001
Publisher Abingdon Church Supplies
ISBN 0687090881 ISBN13 9780687090884
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More About Joseph M. Webb
Robert Kysar is a retired professor of Preaching and New Testament from Candler School of Theology at Emory University, Atlanta, GA. Robert has published several books including Greek for Preachers and Stumbling in the Light: New Testament Images for a Changing Church from Chalice Press. Joseph M. Webb is author of Preaching and the Challenge of Pluralism and Comedy and Preaching from Chalice Press.
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Very good start for helping to preach without notes Jan 29, 2008
I've been preaching for almost 20 years, always with notes before me, even though I haven't stayed tied to the pulpit. I knew that, as I was taught in seminary years ago, the best sermons are preached without notes. This book was great to get me jump started in this endeavor. Of course it is simple, and I know that I'll adapt its methodology to fit my own style. The basic premises of Webb's approach will probably remain important, though. I especially appreciate Webb's explanation of how to design a sermon that is easier to learn--a logical progression that is much better than memorizing a complex, perhaps disjointed, outline. My first sermon without notes--this past weekend--was very well received. It really can be done, and Webb will help you succeed. I do wish the book conveyed a higher view of Scripture and did more to cover prayer and a sense of spiritual inspiration in sermon preparation. Still, a very good book.
Preaching without notes Nov 23, 2007
A must read for all Ministers that are attached to manuscript's It is now time to Preach without notes
Very Helpful Dec 5, 2006
I found this book to be very helpful, if not a bit liberating. While the ongoing working example he gives of the preparation process is more of an inductive sermon, the principle of structuring the sermon as a series of logical connected "chunks" of communication (rather than as a hierarchical outline with three alliterated main points) is adaptable to exegetical sermons, as well.
When using the "traditional" method of "three (alliterated) points and a poem", I always had two points that were beautifully parallel, but I could never make the third one alliterate or follow the pattern of the first two points. This approach is more concerned about the logical flow than with shallow alliteration, which helps the preacher focus more on what he is saying than on some arbitrary convention like an alliterated outline.
Delivering a sermon using his method is also refreshing. Each point in the sequence of logical "chunks" (I prepared one sermon with 6 or seven main sections) flows logical into the next--no more stumbling over that awkward third main point that makes no sense except for the alliteration. No more squinting at notes in your Bible's margin or at your computer print out...on to REAL communication....
All right but Sketchy Oct 6, 2005
Webb's basic thesis is that the best preaching is done without notes. He then precedes to give an example of how he puts his sermons together week after week. Webb attempts to prove that preaching without notes is more valuable in general because it allows a greater connection to the audience and it frees the preacher to be passionate. Then after defending the approach, Webb describes the approach in a day by day approach.
Monday-Tuesday - Planning. During this time the preacher should determine what the text says and take extensive notes. He suggests a kind of extensive outlining. This is solely to determine what the text says. This is a pretty traditional component, and I would suggest other resources to fill in this component. For example, Paul Scott Wilson in "The Practice of Preaching" provides a much more detailed approach to determine what the text says. Another approach is Brad Braxton in "Preaching Paul." Braxton handles in outline form the steps to take in exegeting the passage. Both of these appraoches do more than tell you to look at the passage, but tell you what you are looking for in the text.
Webb believes that the difference between preaching without notes and with notes is that this component should be more detailed. I think that Wilson or Braxton can help the preacher ask questions of the text which is an important component of preaching.
Wednesday: Create Outline: Here the preacher creates an initial outline and evaluates the outline. Also, the preacher gives a preliminary title to the message and creates a controlling metaphor. During this step, the preacher determines what the sermon is about and splits it up into what he calls "sequences" and others call "moves. Once again it is a very sketchy approach that might leave the preacher wondering what exactly to do. I would once again suggest adding either David Buttrick's Homiletic which speaks extensively on how to create and evaluate "moves" or John McClure's "Four Codes of Preaching" which also gives an evaluation method of moves or sequences. One can also look at Henry Mitchell's student Frank Thomas in "They Like to Never Quit Praising God.
The controlling metaphor is an interesting sermonic device. As I look back at my own sermons, I have found that many of the more effective ones had a clear metaphor. I will attempt to always find one from now on. This is a metaphoric thread that ties the whole sermon together.
Thursday - Friday: Memorize Outline: Here the preacher memorizes the sequences. And also memorizes any data under each sequence that must be memorized. For example, one may have to memorize texts or stories for a particular sequence. Basically, you are to memorize what you need to know in each sequence. Then you are ready for preaching.
Preaching: During the preaching event, Webb pushes us to remember trust our memories and our preparation. He also suggests that the preacher not worry about forgotten sequences. Webb also reminds the preacher to be opent o new things that the Spirit may give us in the pulpit as well as to interact with the audience.
I have a few problems with the method. One is that it is extremely sketchy, it needs the supported materials that I have explained above. Two it only allows for inductive sermons. I do not belive that inductive move based sermons are the only sermons to preach. Becuase of this, I wonder if this kind of preaching can become predictable over the long haul. While I am not sure that this has to happen, there will probably be a tendeny to use common metaphors or common sayings, or other things may become predictable.
Must have! Even if you're not a preacher! Aug 25, 2005
This is a no brainer for all people called to ministry to have whether you speak every week or once in a blue moon. This is also a great book for laypeople in case you are called upon to speak, preach, or teach a Bible study. This book breaks down the mechanics of preaching and communication excellently. I just took a Homiletics course with Joesph Webb and I have brought my speaking and preaching skills to a new level. One of the biggest challengers preachers face is writing a new sermon every week. This book will give you the tools and enable you to make sermon preperation on a weekly basis, much simpler than before reading this book.