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Preaching is a strange business. The very word preach has come to mean something we wish someone else would not do to us (Don't preach to me! All I ever get from him is a sermon!) The idea of standing up and just talking for twenty minutes or more seems hopelessly outdated in a world fascinated by the dance of electronic images that flicker on a screen. Ours is a post-Chri Preaching is a strange business. The very word preach has come to mean something we wish someone else would not do to us (Don't preach to me! All I ever get from him is a sermon!) The idea of standing up and just talking for twenty minutes or more seems hopelessly outdated in a world fascinated by the dance of electronic images that flicker on a screen. Ours is a post-Christian society in which the church's voice--especially as heard from the pulpit--is increasingly drowned out by competing claims for our time and attention. And yet, has there ever been a time when people were more in search of meaning and purpose? In spite of living in a period of affluence and accomplishment, do we not yet feel vulnerable to forces beyond our control? In short, are we not still hungry for a word from God? Adam Hamilton is persuaded that there is a great need and desire for effective preaching today--and that those who learn how to preach effectively for 21st-century people have the potential to make a significant impact upon the lives of their hearers, and through them upon the culture in which they live. Preaching can transform people's lives, change the culture, and renew the church.In fact, it may very well be that no one has a greater potential to bring hope, healing, and light to the community than does the preacher. Key features: practical insights on effective preaching gained from the experience of one of today's most influential pastors; helpful guidance on the best ways to integrate sermon outlines and notes, as well as screen projection and audio, into sermons. Key benefit: will reinvigorate the reader's preaching with down-to-earth suggestions and inspiring stories of the difference effective preaching can make in the life of a congregation and a community.


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Preaching is a strange business. The very word preach has come to mean something we wish someone else would not do to us (Don't preach to me! All I ever get from him is a sermon!) The idea of standing up and just talking for twenty minutes or more seems hopelessly outdated in a world fascinated by the dance of electronic images that flicker on a screen. Ours is a post-Chri Preaching is a strange business. The very word preach has come to mean something we wish someone else would not do to us (Don't preach to me! All I ever get from him is a sermon!) The idea of standing up and just talking for twenty minutes or more seems hopelessly outdated in a world fascinated by the dance of electronic images that flicker on a screen. Ours is a post-Christian society in which the church's voice--especially as heard from the pulpit--is increasingly drowned out by competing claims for our time and attention. And yet, has there ever been a time when people were more in search of meaning and purpose? In spite of living in a period of affluence and accomplishment, do we not yet feel vulnerable to forces beyond our control? In short, are we not still hungry for a word from God? Adam Hamilton is persuaded that there is a great need and desire for effective preaching today--and that those who learn how to preach effectively for 21st-century people have the potential to make a significant impact upon the lives of their hearers, and through them upon the culture in which they live. Preaching can transform people's lives, change the culture, and renew the church.In fact, it may very well be that no one has a greater potential to bring hope, healing, and light to the community than does the preacher. Key features: practical insights on effective preaching gained from the experience of one of today's most influential pastors; helpful guidance on the best ways to integrate sermon outlines and notes, as well as screen projection and audio, into sermons. Key benefit: will reinvigorate the reader's preaching with down-to-earth suggestions and inspiring stories of the difference effective preaching can make in the life of a congregation and a community.

30 review for Unleashing the Word

  1. 5 out of 5

    Karen Bordner

    I have read quite a few books on preaching and this is by far one of the best. Lost of good, practical advice.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Steve Campbell

    Hamilton shares some practical pointers for preaching from his own experience. He starts where every textbook about preaching should start by establishing the purpose for preaching. He makes the compelling point that every preacher should be conscious of what preaching is supposed to be and what it is supposed to do. He wisely insists that preaching should be interpreting and translating what God is saying to people in a way that they can understand and apply to their lives. Effective preaching Hamilton shares some practical pointers for preaching from his own experience. He starts where every textbook about preaching should start by establishing the purpose for preaching. He makes the compelling point that every preacher should be conscious of what preaching is supposed to be and what it is supposed to do. He wisely insists that preaching should be interpreting and translating what God is saying to people in a way that they can understand and apply to their lives. Effective preaching moves people to think and act in the way God wants them to. In the rest of the book, Hamilton shows how he prepares and delivers his sermons to achieve the purpose he has identified. He identifies five different types of sermons and sermon series that help achieve the stated purpose and gives some helpful examples of each kind. The five types of sermons are evangelism, discipleship, pastoral care, equipping/sending, and institutional development. He points out that even though the primary purpose of a sermon might be one of those five areas, there will be elements of the others in the sermon as well. For example, an evangelism sermon is obviously aimed toward the unchurched, but there will be elements of the sermon that will speak to discipleship and so on. He also gives practical tips on preaching for Advent and Christmas, prophetic preaching, and weddings and funerals. I think beginning preachers will find this book helpful, and even veterans will find a few nuggets that will rekindle their creative fire.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Jason

    Really an excellent guide to the philosophy of preaching, particularly from traditions that utilize lectionary preaching. Hamilton's strengths are his guide to long-term sermon planning. The downside is little technical input on the preparation of individual messages. But there are myriad books on that topic. I recommend this to anyone ministering in a mainline or evangelical church not chained to lectionary preaching, but not opposed to seasonal and planned sermons. Really an excellent guide to the philosophy of preaching, particularly from traditions that utilize lectionary preaching. Hamilton's strengths are his guide to long-term sermon planning. The downside is little technical input on the preparation of individual messages. But there are myriad books on that topic. I recommend this to anyone ministering in a mainline or evangelical church not chained to lectionary preaching, but not opposed to seasonal and planned sermons.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Terri Milstead

    Quick read with good tips and tricks for writing and planning sermons, as well as a helpful chapter on weddings and funerals.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Cara Spaccarelli

    Good creative sparks for people who have been preaching for awhile and need their imaginations inspired.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Thom Kohl

    Very informative book covering the importance of a good sermon and how to plan and execute effective sermons throughout the year. I found the different purposes of sermons and when to preach each type during the year particularly helpful. The author has developed a wonderful discipline that seems almost excessive - but you cannot deny the results he has achieved. Every pastor should read this book.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Keith Beasley-Topliffe

    Adam Hamilton shares his method for sermon planning and preparation and working with a worship team. It's all good stuff. Just a little dated since video presentation possibilities have expanded over the dozen-plus years since it was written. It inspired me to do some long-range sermon planning and try to begin a worship team, so hooray! Adam Hamilton shares his method for sermon planning and preparation and working with a worship team. It's all good stuff. Just a little dated since video presentation possibilities have expanded over the dozen-plus years since it was written. It inspired me to do some long-range sermon planning and try to begin a worship team, so hooray!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    This book has some helpful information, especially for folks who are open to preaching series rather than always using the lectionary. Much of what is here is in summary form in Leading Beyond the Walls, and some of the series/sermon ideas can be gleaned from the COR website. But it's still helpful information, and a quick read, if not life-changing. This book has some helpful information, especially for folks who are open to preaching series rather than always using the lectionary. Much of what is here is in summary form in Leading Beyond the Walls, and some of the series/sermon ideas can be gleaned from the COR website. But it's still helpful information, and a quick read, if not life-changing.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Michelle

    Great resource for preachers

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    Benjamin Stilwell-hernandez

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    Paul Catterton

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    Cindy Huskey

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