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Overview The power of an intriguing story can not only captivate an audience, but when presented in a familiar and personal way, can communicate important truths. With this realization, Steven Mathewson offers here a guide to applying careful expository preaching methods to popular Old Testament stories. The Art of Preaching Old Testament Narrative guides students and preachers through a ten-step process from text selection to sermon delivery. Mathewson provides sermons and interviews of five individuals, including Alice Mathews and and Haddon Robinson. Seminary students, professors will appreciate this valuable tool for refining their narrative preaching skills.
Publishers Description The power of an intriguing story can not only captivate an audience, but when presented in a familiar and personal way, can communicate important truths. With this realization, Steven Mathewson offers here a guide to applying careful expository preaching methods to popular Old Testament stories. Mathewson guides students and preachers through a ten-step process from text selection to sermon delivery. Mathewson then provides sample sermons and iinterviews of from five individuals, including Alice Mathews and Haddon Robinson. This book contains a number of pedagogical features-diagrams, figures, and two appendixes. Seminary students, professors, and pastors will appreciate this valuable tool for refining their narrative preaching skills.
Awards and Recognitions The Art of Preaching Old Testament Narrative by Steven D. Mathewson & Haddon Robinson has received the following awards and recognitions -
Christianity Today Book Award - 2003 Winner - Award of Merit category
Preaching Book of the Year - 2002 Winner - Book of the Year category
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Studio: Baker Academic
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.9" Width: 6" Height: 0.8" Weight: 1 lbs.
Release Date Apr 1, 2002
Publisher Baker Publishing Group
ISBN 0801022967 ISBN13 9780801022968
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More About Steven D. Mathewson & Haddon Robinson
Steven D. Mathewson (DMin, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary) is senior pastor of the Evangelical Free Church of Libertyville, Illinois. He is an adjunct faculty member at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and Moody Bible Institute and also teaches in the Doctor of Ministry program at Denver Seminary. The author of The Art of Preaching Old Testament Narrative, which received the Christianity Today merit award and the Preaching magazine Book of the Year award, Mathewson lives in Illinois.
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Teaches You How to Preach from the Old Testament! Feb 19, 2007
There really isn't anything in this book that hasn't been said in the past by giants in the field of homiletics. But Steven Mathewson does a great job of explaining in clear language how to put together a sermon from an Old Testament story. He discusses the importance of finding what the main thing that a story is teaching about God, and the fallen condition focus of humanity (following Bryan Chappell's lead).
He also says that you can't preach an OT narrative verse by verse, you often have to summarizes paragraphs in one or two action packed sentences.
He discusses watershed texts such as Genesis 13, Genesis 22, 1 Samuel 17, and 2 Samuel 11-12. The last part of the book is most helpful, for it contains manuscripts of Old Testament narrative sermons by some of the best homileticians on the planet: Paul Borden, Don Sunukjian, Alice Mathews, and Haddon Robinson.
I should say that I didn't always agree with how certain texts were handled. For example, making Genesis 22 into a sermon about how fathers should worship God rather than their children is not the direction I would have gone. This approach ignores the main point of the text, Abraham's faith that God would provide the lamb. It would be better to trace this theme of God's provision through the rest of scripture.
Similarly, the discussion of the David and Goliath story ignored the main point of how David had faith in God's promise to drive the enemy from the land. The passage is about how faith in God's holy promises gives us the courage to face the challenges God places before us. I wished again that there was more of a connection with the promises of Exodus 3 and Deuteronomy 6 and Joshua 1 and other texts which promises that God would drive out the enemy and how this ties in with David's faith.
I also think that understanding the theology of each book or section of the OT should shed light on the meaning and purpose of a particular passage. Mathewson does a great job of giving us the tools to expound the text and the examples to practice with, but he does not deal so much with the theology of each book, which helps us to identify the big idea of a given passage.
But on the whole, this is one of the better books on preaching that I have read. In spite of my reservations regarding the lack of theological reflection, I still think that this is a five star book.
Preaching Book of the year Jan 30, 2003
Preachingýs Book of the Year
Several weeks ago in PreachingNow (our weekly e-mail newsletter), we ran a survey asking preachers what they are reading these days. The list was long, but I was surprised to see a particular book show up frequently. When we went back to take a look, we werenýt surprised any more.
In a year when many outstanding titles have been published in preaching, one book jumped to the top of the list as our Preaching Magazine Book of the Year for 2002: The Art of Preaching Old Testament Narrative, written by Steven D. Mathewson and published by Baker Academic.
This is a book by a well-trained pastor who preaches in his own local church Sunday after Sunday. (The author is senior pastor of Dry Creek Bible Church in Belgrade, Montana, as well as an instructor in preaching and Old Testament at Montana Bible College.) In contrast to some books which seem better suited to the classroom than the pulpit, this volume combines outstanding scholarship with a passionate and practical heart for ministry.
The book has three major sections. In the first, Mathewson takes you through the hermeneutical task of understanding Old Testament narratives. The second part deals with the homiletical task of moving from exegesis to a ýsermon that bristles with accuracy, clarity, interest and relevance.ý The final section offers model sermons from Haddon Robison, Paul Sunukjian, the author and others.
In the foreward, Robinson calls Mathewson ýa thoughtful guide to help us get a handle on the great stories of the Bible.ý William Willimon calls the book ýa great resource for biblical preaching from some of the most challenging and revealing parts of Scripture.ý Tony Evans describes the book as ýan awesome guide on how to communicate the truth from the Old Testament to our contemporary generation.ý
We are proud to recognize The Art of Preaching Old Testament Narrative by Steven D. Mathewson as our Preaching Book of the Year.