The Sermon Doctor: Prescriptions for Successful Preaching

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The quest to preach well is an endless one. The Sermon Doctor combines the preaching and communication expertise of Harry Farra with the wisdom of the masters of all ages, classic to modern. Substantial help awaits both experienced and younger preachers. Seminarians, especially, will find bedrock principles here to shape their preaching ministry.

In a unique Socratic format, this creative guide to preaching records a series of fictional meetings between the Sermon Doctor and ...

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Overview

The quest to preach well is an endless one. The Sermon Doctor combines the preaching and communication expertise of Harry Farra with the wisdom of the masters of all ages, classic to modern. Substantial help awaits both experienced and younger preachers. Seminarians, especially, will find bedrock principles here to shape their preaching ministry.

In a unique Socratic format, this creative guide to preaching records a series of fictional meetings between the Sermon Doctor and three discouraged preachers in search of a better understanding of effective preaching. They have a deep desire to honor God and inspire congregations by revitalizing their faltering preaching techniques.

Many helpful insights are provided in this practical and creative handbook for today's sermon makers.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780595147861
  • Publisher: iUniverse, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 12/28/2000
  • Pages: 197
  • Product dimensions: 6.12 (w) x 9.04 (h) x 0.49 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 9
1. Find Yourself a Mentor 11
2. Energize Your Truth 21
3. Know Your Materials 35
4. Locate Yourself on the Homiletical Grid 51
5. Examine the Communication Contract 63
6. Live an Organized Life 79
7. Understand How Sermons Are Born 93
8. X-Ray Your Sermon 107
9. Consider the Impact of Words 121
10. Focus on the Psychology of Delivery 135
11. Gain Command of Your Material 147
12. Earn the Right to Preach by Listening 163
13. Be Your Own Sermon Doctor 179
Epilogue 193
Bibliography 195
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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 2, 2001

    A Novel Approach to Healing Broken Sermons

    Harry Farra has written a wonderful book offering practical help on overcoming the regular problems associated with preaching. A story about three preachers from three different traditions who meet together and under the tutelage of an experienced preacher discuss what makes good preaching. The book is not your typical self help manual, it offers no easy solutions to the world's most important profession. Rather, it seeks to Socratically develop the rational behind what makes for good preaching and offers real usable solutions for progressing through each step towards a well crafted, well delivered and hearer sensitive sermon. Farra uses his own advice well in the crafting of this book. He writes an interesting story which imparts information, evokes interest, examines problems and heightens excitement to preach better sermons. A quick reading would bring great benefit and a careful reading that seeks to plumb all that he offers would bring immeasurable help to many, including the best preachers. I heartily recommend this book to all who are called to preach. It has been a significant help in explaining my own struggles and helping me to find viable solutions. A real God send.

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