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A Chorus of Witnesses; Model Sermons for Today's Preacher

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Wanting to make model sermons more accessible to students, teachers, and pastors, Long and Plantinga have compiled this anthology of mostly contemporary sermons that display excellence in form, aim, style, and content, Developed and delivered by renowned pastors, theologians, and homileticians, the thirty-six superb entries in this volume include sermons that make artful use of their sources, that pursue classic aims, that exhibit particular homiletic forms, and that are suited ...
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Overview

Wanting to make model sermons more accessible to students, teachers, and pastors, Long and Plantinga have compiled this anthology of mostly contemporary sermons that display excellence in form, aim, style, and content, Developed and delivered by renowned pastors, theologians, and homileticians, the thirty-six superb entries in this volume include sermons that make artful use of their sources, that pursue classic aims, that exhibit particular homiletic forms, and that are suited to special occasions.
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Editorial Reviews

Christian Ministry
An impressive collection of three-dozen sermons from 20th-century preachers including Frederick Buechner, Barbara Brown Taylor, Elizabeth Achtemeier, Karl Barth, JC.S. Lewis, William Willimon, Harry Emerson Fosdick, Paul Tillich, William Sloane Coffin, Lewis Smedes and J├╝rgen Moltmann. Reading one of these sermons a day should greatly inspire your preaching.
Christianity Today
"Here is a collection of sermons so delightful, so engrossing, so beautifully crafted, so moving that it begs to be savored in thoughtful bits and consumed in craving gulps.... Rarely does a book so concretely go about its business with such a clear focus and then deliver exactly what it promises."
Navy Chaplain
"Looking for a good collection of sermons? Who can lose with a collection such as A Chorus of Witnesses edited by Tom Long and Cornelius Plantinga?... An exceptional collection of some of the best sermons ever preached, as well as some of the best sermons that ever needed to be preached. It is a "must have" for every preacher's library and an invaluable tool for devotional use."
Reformed Review
"Anyone who has occasion to preach, or who enjoys hearing or reading a finely crafted message will take delight in this book.... Those who preach will find themselves returning to these pages for inspiration, encouragement, refreshment, or to be reminded of the value of a well-crafted message."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780802801326
  • Publisher: Eerdmans, William B. Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 6/28/1994
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 6.04 (w) x 9.02 (h) x 0.85 (d)

Table of Contents

Editors' Preface
Introduction
The Sources of the Sermon 1
The Magnificent Defeat 3
Beginning at the End 12
The Pharisee and the Tax Collector 21
Have You Ever Heard John Preach? 34
Raging Faith 44
Parables and Children's Sermons 48
From the Sixteenth Floor 53
Of Children and Streets and the Kingdom 62
The Aims of the Sermon 71
Jesus Is Victor 73
The Weight of Glory 82
You Are Accepted 92
What Time Is It? 102
The Importance of Doubting Our Doubts 110
Life Is a Gift 120
The Reuben Option 131
Blindness 139
The Cult of the Publican 146
The Power of Promises 155
The Forms and Dynamics of the Sermon 163
Follow Me 165
At the River's Edge 171
My Eyes Are Not Raised Too High 179
God and Laughter 189
Things Are Not Always What They Seem 198
The Elder Son's Defense 204
Do We Deserve Peace? 212
Up Against the Powers That Be 218
A Sprig of Hope 225
The Occasions of the Sermon 235
The Eye of the Storm 237
Shall the Fundamentalists Win? 243
Sermon at Nathanael's Grave 256
Alex's Death 262
The Only Question 267
Holy Angels 271
Owning Up to Baptism 278
His Own Clothes 286
The End Is Life 293
For Further Reading 301
Contributors 302
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