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No Deed Greater Than a Word: A New Approach to Biblical Preaching [Paperback]

By William H. Shepherd (Author)
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This book is written for preachers who suspect that the way they were taught to preach (and for the most part are still being taught to preach) simply does not work. The author's objective is to bring the Bible to life in the sermon in all of its dimensions. To do that the preacher must understand his listeners as well as his message. Those who explore Shepherd's message will find themselves thinking about the sermon and preaching in an entirely new way. Shepherd presents his position with a firm grounding in biblical studies, literary criticism, and theology. The book is for those preachers who are dissatisfied with the way they were taught to preach, but are not sure why. Using practical examples from real sermons, the book uncovers many of the faults of traditional preaching styles and inspires a new approach to the sermon that unites preacher, congregation, and scripture under the powerful Word of God's grace.

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"This book is written for preachers who suspect that the way they were taught to preach (and for the most part are still being taught to preach) simply does not work."
The author's objective is to bring the Bible to life in the sermon in all of its dimensions. To do that the preacher must understand his listeners as well as his message. Those who explore Shepherd's message will find themselves thinking about the sermon and preaching in an entirely new way.
Shepherd presents his position with a firm grounding in biblical studies, literary criticism, and theology.
The book is for those preachers who are dissatisfied with the way they were taught to preach, but are not sure why. Using practical examples from real sermons, the book uncovers many of the faults of traditional preaching styles and inspires a new approach to the sermon that unites preacher, congregation, and scripture under the powerful Word of God's grace.
William H. Shepherd Jr., has been an Episcopal priest for 14 years, serving parishes in Indiana, Georgia, Virginia, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, and New York. He is currently serving as an Interim Ministry Specialist. He holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Georgia, an M. Div. degree from Yale Divinity School, and a Ph.D. in New Testament studies from Emory University. Shepherd has taught preaching and biblical studies at a number of institutions and currently is at the George Mercer Jr., Memorial School of Theology, Garden City, New York.

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Studio: CSS Publishing Company
Pages   156
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.28" Width: 5.36" Height: 0.42"
Weight:   0.48 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jan 1, 1998
Publisher   CSS Publishing Company
ISBN  0788011804  
ISBN13  9780788011801  


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A new way to think about preaching biblically  Nov 17, 2001
Here is book for preachers who are frustrating with the lifeless sermons they were taught to preach, but uncomfortable with glib preaching that neglects the Bible by treating it superficially. You can bring the Bible to life--in all of its literary, historical, and religious dimensions--and still interest your hearers!

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"In his very readable book on biblical preaching, William Shepherd pays exquisite attention to the four things on which a preacher's life depends: language, scripture, the congregation and the grace of God. Through his careful reading of each one, he develops an approach to preaching that respects both the sanctity of everyday life and the profound "otherness" of the divine which turns a sermon into an experience of the holy. Shepherd is a scholar who knows what hard work a deft sermon requires. He is also a disciple who understands that, in the end, the effective preaching of the gospel is always God's surprising gift."-Barbara Brown Taylor

"Since preaching lies at the intersection of many disciplines, so a text on preaching should do the same. There is no "ministerial ghetto" talk here. Experience, scripture, theology, literary theories, performative views of language, and understanding the difference between written and oral communication, all meet in this book and talk to each other....It is quite evident that here is both a teacher and practitioner of preaching. He respects the task of preaching and the reader who is someone called to preach....Shepherd begins with the most basic raw material-a word-and gradually works toward the final goal-the delivery of the sermon. Such a movement in a text could not be improved upon."-Fred B. Craddock

"Bill Shepherd has written a book that delights as it profits. He knows preaching and he knows the Bible. He shows how to think about each in a way that is fresh and engaging. He makes such good use of contemporary theory and theology that it seems like just plain good sense. If you care about words and care about God's Word, this book will help you appreciate them more."-Luke Timothy Johnson

"Bill Shepherd has written an immensely practical book about how to think about preaching. Anyone who has the task of proclaiming the Gospel today will find renewal in reading and reflecting on this jargon-free and thoughtful approach to the problems and possibilities of our task."-Geoffrey M. St. J. Hoare, Rector, All Saint's Episcopal Church, Atlanta GA

 

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