My colleague at Columbia International University Seminary and School of Missions (we have very large sweatshirts) has produced for us an enormously practical work on all the critical issues of preaching in today's world. I commend Preaching with Balance without reservation.Someone has said that balance may be just another word for deadness, but that is certainly not true with this very helpful discussion of faithfully and fruitfully proclaiming God's Word. The topics covered are balance in theological and personal perspective, in preaching purpose, in homiletical variety, and in sermon content and delivery..Dr. Hamilton makes the point that most congregations would be pleased to hear better preaching, and most preachers would be pleased to be more effective in the pulpit. This text, carefully studied and applied, will greatly help to fulfill both desires.. ~ Larry Dixon (Professor of Systematic Theology and Church History, Columbia International University, South Carolina)
For too long homileticians have camped out on the practical "how to" while blatantly neglecting foundational matters in preaching. Don Hamilton has brought a corrective to the work. Preaching with Balance truly is a balanced approach to preaching, addressing theology and philosophy as well as practical application. To top it off, Hamilton weds hermeneutical integrity, homiletical ingenuity and healthy sermon delivery into one volumea much-needed feature in books on preaching. It's got it all! And all of us who preach will do a better job of handling God's Word rightly as a result of reading this book. ~ Jim Shaddix, Teaching Pastor, Riverside Baptist Church, Denver, Colorado - Author of The Passion Driven Sermon.
"Preaching With Balance" covers all the bases for a preacher to maintain balance in the preaching task. The author is insightful and incisive when handling issues of balance. He cautions the preacher of the possibility of getting into a rut. This book is a plumb line for all preachers. It is an invaluable contribution to the preaching fraternity. A must for the preacher's shelf." ~ Dr. George Sumadraji (Rajoo), Academic Dean, Durban Bible College, Durban, South Africa.
•..through Preaching with Balance, a firm hand reaches out to steady preachers both neophyte and veteran. Through seven wisely placed steps Dr. Donald Hamilton enables us to firmly plant our feet, steadily keep our balance, humbly move aheadall while faithfully declaring, "Thus saith the Lord! ~ John A. Kitchen (Senior Pastor, Stow Alliance Fellowship, Stow, Ohio)
Preachers ought to focus major attention on preaching. That may seem to be a firm grasp of the obvious but it often seems that preachers focus on everything else except preaching. This is why I welcome Donald Hamilton's profoundly thoughtful and wonderfully perceptive book... a genuine contribution to the important study of this noble art. ~ Paige Patterson (President, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Fort Worth, Texas)