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Noticeboard: Preaching

15 August 2014

IN THE collection of essays Inspirational Preaching, each takes a particular theme. These include: the supremacy of God in preaching, authentic inspiration, preaching the "wow" factor, preacher as advocate, and "Last Sunday you preached your final boring sermon." All the writers are seasoned preachers; the book is edited by Craig Larson (Hendrickson, £9.99 (£9); 978-1-59856-859-2).

John Wesley and George Whitefield are often contrasted with each other as opponents. Ian Maddock argues in Men of One Book that the two had more in common than is usually thought, especially in their desire to live by scripture (The Lutterworth Press, £20; 978-0-7188-9261-6).

And God Spoke to Abraham comprises 55 sermons on Old Testament pages. The author, Fleming Rutledge, is keen to encourage preachers to use the OT more, both because it is needed for understanding the New Testament, and for its own sake. She offers her work as an example and an encouragement (Eerdmans, £19.99; (£18); 978-0-8028-6606-6).

William Lyons and Isabelle Sandwell have edited a collection of essays on the interplay between text, preacher, and audience, which address the influence of these on the way the Bible is interpreted and received. Delivering the Word: Preaching and exegesis in the Western Christian tradition takes examples of case studies from early Christianity to the 20th century (Equinox, £60 (£54); 978-1-84553-892-7).

Michael Reeves wants to bring the Trinity alive for his readers and show how it can help to increase the sense of God's beauty and kindness. The Good God: Enjoying Father, Son and Spirit is in a chatty style (Paternoster, £9.99 (£9); 978-1-84227-744-7).

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