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Overview Written in a conversational style with profuse examples to illustrate all concepts, Invitation to Biblical Preaching takes the reader step-by-step through the entire process of preparing a biblical message, from studying a passage with skill and integrity to delivering a message with persuasion, accuracy, passion, and relevance. An experienced pastor and homiletics professor, Donald Sunukjian provides budding pastors with wise counsel that is sure to stay with them throughout their ministries.
Publishers Description Written in a conversational style with profuse examples to illustrate all concepts, "Invitation to Biblical Preaching" takes the reader step-by-step through the entire process of preparing a biblical message, from studying a passage with skill and integrity to delivering a message with persuasion, accuracy, passion, and relevance. An experienced pastor and homiletics professor, Donald Sunukjian provides budding pastors with wise counsel that is sure to stay with them throughout their ministries.
Awards and Recognitions Invitation to Biblical Preaching: Proclaiming Truth with Clarity and Relevance by Donald Sunukjian has received the following awards and recognitions -
Preaching Book of the Year - 2007 Winner - Book of the Year category
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Studio: Kregel Academic & Professional
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.75" Width: 6" Height: 9" Weight: 1.4 lbs.
Release Date Mar 31, 2007
Publisher Kregel Publications
Series Invitation to Theological Studies
ISBN 0825436664 ISBN13 9780825436666
Reviews - What do customers think about Invitation To Biblical Preaching?
Fabulous theme -some flawed details Nov 26, 2009
Sunukjian's definition of the preacher's task is admirable, and the methodology presented to support that goal is well constructed. The emphasis on the faithful exposition of the original author's ideas and of how they developed in the text is excellent. There is nothing in his expressed intent that would elicit anything but wholehearted approval. Having said that, several of his examples illustrate some hazards that exist as we analyze and prepare to reveal scripture.
One such case is the author's treatment of Jesus' calming of the storm in the book of Mark (pp.31-41). Citing the kingdom parables and Mark 3:31-35 as prior context, Sunukjian claims that "knowing the nation will reject Him, Jesus then reveals that the kingdom will no longer be limited to those of Jewish blood but will be available to whoever does God's will." While the kingdom parables do picture the future universality of the kingdom, it is conjectural to conclude the original writer meant that in this text.
Based on this, he asserts that Mark 4:35-41 "opens with a command to cross the Sea of Galilee and take the gospel to the Gentiles," a purpose not present in the text. In fact, later in 7:25-30 Jesus still limits His mission to the nation of Israel. Further, in the parable of 12:1-12 the consequences of Israel's rejection are still in the future. The great commission is not explicit until 16:15 or executed until after the ascension.
Citing Jesus' power over demons in Mark 5:1-20 as subsequent context, Sunukjian then focuses on the word "rebuked" (in 4:39) that describes how Jesus stilled the wind. Since in Mark, this word only occurs when Jesus is casting out demons, Sunukjian determines that the storm is demonic. It is probably unwise to build a central truth on the interpretation of a single word.
Biblical Preaching Oct 28, 2008
Wow! If you are a pastor, you have to read it. If you are a seminary school student, you must read it. So far what I taught is not so great after reading this book.
Great Help Sep 6, 2007
I enjoyed this book very much, it is laid out in a helpful manner that will help any reader.
Exhaustive, but not exhausting - a great book! Aug 9, 2007
Donald Sunukjian studied under Haddon Robinson at Dallas Seminary, then also taught there. He now teaches at Talbot Seminary in LA. Sunukjian has an ability to think through elements of preaching in minute detail, yet has a communication style that is clear and accessible - both in person and in his writing. These qualities have combined to make this a great book.
This is definitely another book in the Haddon Robinson school of thought. The process is similar, the emphasis on the main idea and the purpose are evident, delivery without notes is encouraged, etc. Incidentally, the reader should not be intimidated by the "zigzag" big idea - if Sunukjian came up with such effective preaching ideas regularly, surely more would be included in the book! He admits that you go with what you have, and only sometimes is the preaching idea a real humdinger.
He defines biblical preaching simply as "Look at what God is saying to us!" Throughout this 370 page book, numerous biblical examples are given to make clear the point being taught. Sunukjian has a large bank of example sermons that show up throughout the book so that the variety is not random and overwhelming, but reinforcing and familiar.
His ability to think through the details comes out in areas such as whether to use inductive or deductive approaches according to the material being covered, or how to preach a chiastic passage so contemporary listeners will understand it.
Sunukjian's speciality is the subject of oral clarity - preaching so listeners can follow. His six elements of oral clarity are detailed in a chapter, but exemplified throughout the book. Sunukjian demonstrates a real awareness of what works for the listener, a concern sometimes missing in other "how to" preaching texts.
After the process is detailed, there are two sample sermons presented in the appendix. These are repeated with helpful explanatory notes to guide the reader through the process.
In a book of 370 pages, it seems strange to point to a section being too short, but the delivery chapter is very short. However, it is fair to say that if a preacher follows the teaching throughout the book, then delivery will be improved. If there were any other negatives, it would be a slight discomfort with one or two of the biblical examples. Again, this is a small point since most are handled very effectively.
Overall this is a very strong book, perhaps even a great book. As I read preaching books, I mark helpful points with post-its. Many books have only a handful sticking out, this one has a forest of post-its! As an introductory text for a preaching class, this would work well. As a supplemental book for those of us who've read other textbooks, this is definitely worth having. It has many definite strengths, is clearly organized and engagingly written. This definitely makes my list of top preaching books.
The Only Way To Preach Jul 12, 2007
The book lives up to what it proclaims. Don in stating that a sermon should be biblical, interesting, clear and relevant has used these principles in writing the book. The book is so clear that it will help a total novice learn the art of biblical preaching. in using simple illustrations it will keep its readers stuck on the book.