Preaching Master Class: Lessons from Will WillimonOs Five-Minute Preaching Workshop

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Preachers around the globe have come to rely on Will Willimon for insight and advice on the craft of preaching. For over a decade, Willimon has published his reflections in the ""Five-Minute Preaching Workshop,"" a quarterly column he writes as editor of Pulpit Resource. Here the best selections from that column have been brought together into a single volume for the first time. Drawing on years of experience, study, and careful observation of the current state of ...
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Overview

Description:
Preachers around the globe have come to rely on Will Willimon for insight and advice on the craft of preaching. For over a decade, Willimon has published his reflections in the ""Five-Minute Preaching Workshop,"" a quarterly column he writes as editor of Pulpit Resource. Here the best selections from that column have been brought together into a single volume for the first time. Drawing on years of experience, study, and careful observation of the current state of preaching, Willimon offers candid thoughts on a wide range of homiletical issues-from theological to pastoral, cultural, and stylistic. Readers will find challenge and inspiration from a few hours spent in the studio of this master preacher.

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""Will Willimon is a master preacher who is eminently qualified to teach a 'master class' on preaching. Paradoxically, he refuses to master the text or the awesome responsibility of preaching the gospel. Instead, he shows us how to listen for God's word and to experience it in every moment of the pastoral life. In Willimon's reading, preaching is not an onerous burden but a lively exercise of the theological and biblical imagination. He really can't help himself! He loves words, but he loves the Word even more. The outcome of this book is something we could all use--a newfound joy in the art of preaching.""
--Richard Lischer
Duke Divinity School author of The End of Words

""What a wonderful collection of insightful essays that invite us preachers to learn from the homiletic wisdom of Bishop Will Willimon. Arguably, what is best about this little book is that the teacher of this wisdom has been a faithful preacher of the gospel for more than thirty years. I hope many readers will take advantage of this opportunity to enhance their growth in the art of preaching for building up the faith and life of the church.""
--Michael Pasquarello III
Granger E. and Anna A. Fisher Professor of Preaching
Asbury Theological Seminary

About the Contributor(s):
William H. Willimon is Bishop of the North Alabama Conference of the United Methodist Church and former Dean of the Chapel at Duke University. He is the author of over fifty books and is widely recognized as one of America's best preachers.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781606089156
  • Publisher: Wipf & Stock Publishers
  • Publication date: 3/26/2010
  • Series: Art for Faith's Sake Series
  • Pages: 136
  • Sales rank: 1,441,364
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

William H. Willimon is Bishop of the North Alabama Conference of the United Methodist Church and former Dean of the Chapel at Duke University . He is the author of over fifty books and is widely recognized as one of America's best preachers.

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Table of Contents

Editor's Preface vii

Section 1 The Practice of Preaching

Wonder at Words 3

The Most Dangerous, Most Wonderful Step in Sermon Preparation 6

Character and Credibility 10

Easter Preaching 13

When Preaching Is Out of Control 16

Preaching as Oral Communication 19

The Art of Preaching 22

Being Present in Our Preaching 24

Play It Again, Sam 28

Section 2 Special Issues in Preaching

Preaching as Entertainment? 35

Topical Preaching-Again? 38

Proclaiming the Word with Children 42

Delivery: How to Say What You Say 45

Imitation as Essential for Preaching 47

Preaching on Stewardship 49

Preaching and Pastoral Care 53

The Character of the Preacher 57

Humor among Preachers 60

Section 3 Preaching and the Text

How Unbiblical "Biblical Preaching" Can Be 65

The Wonderful Thickness of the Text! 69

The Lectionary as a Source for Preaching: Possibilities and Pitfalls 73

Parables in Our Preaching 76

Preaching Parables with Matthew 79

It Is Not Only That Jesus Was God's Son; It Is That God's Son Is Jesus: The Challenge of Incarnational Preaching 82

Preaching from Mark's Gospel 85

Trusting the Bible a Little More and Ourselves a Little Less 88

Section 4 Preaching, the Church, and the World

It's About God 95

Formed by the Saints 99

Preaching to Young Adults 103

On Not Reaching Our Culture 106

Anti-Jewish Preaching 110

Can We Talk? 114

The Particularity of Preaching 117

Biblical Preaching 120

Bibliography 125

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