Progress in the Pulpit Review

Book Review: 

Jerry Vines and Jim Shaddix' Progress in the Pulpit: How to Grow in Your Preaching works best as a companion volume to their modern introductory textbook on preaching, Power in the Pulpit. Progress in the Pulpit, though, is one of those resources that intermediate students should study and that pastors should consult regularly. Here, these model preachers offer lots of wisdom for novices and experienced preachers alike.

The book itself is divided into three parts. The first part deals with defining preaching, particularly expository preaching. The second part centers on the task of developing the sermon. The key theme in developing a sermon is to keep Christ at the center. Part three covers various things such as using a pulpit or not using a pulpit, giving an invitation/altar call to the nonbeliever to trust in Christ, evaluating your sermon with other people in your church, and teaching others about preaching. All of these things and more will aid in the delivery of a preacher's sermon.

I was much more excited with Progress in the Pulpit. I expect to consult this book again and again.

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I received a free copy of this book from Moody Publishing in exchange for my honest review here.