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The Best Method of Preaching [Paperback]

Petrus Van Mastricht

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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent translation, exciting foretaste 14 Jan 2014
By In Thy Light - Published on Amazon.com
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This foretaste of the forthcoming multi-volume translation of Mastricht's magnum opus will certainly whet your appetite for what Jonathan Edwards called his favorite book outside of Scripture. But more than that, this excellently-translated essay makes clear the burning passion of Protestant dogmatics throughout its period of fluorescence in the 16th and 17th centuries; namely, powerful preaching—speaking in the voice of God to the people of God by the power of God's Spirit.

In their teaching of homiletics Protestant theologians refused to separate dogmatics and rhetoric, healthy teaching and healthy living. Hence in their consideration of the method of preaching, they insisted upon marshalling not only the art of rhetoric but also those of logic and grammar—all the higher faculties that God has bestowed upon human souls. The result of this full-orbed method, which Mastrict unfolds succinctly in this preface to his magnum opus perhaps better than any other attempt to do so, is preaching that renews minds with truth, enflames hearts with passionate love to Christ, and equips hands for loving service to God and neighbor.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Digging up Lost Treasure 4 July 2013
By Ryan Mcgraw - Published on Amazon.com
Jonathan Edwards stated that Peter van Mastricht's Theoretico-Practica Theologia was the best book that he had read apart from the Bible (1). Mastricht wrote his theology in order to teach men how to preach better. Each chapter of this massive work includes an exegetical section, a theological section, a polemical section (refuting error), and a practical section. The Best Method of Preaching began as a preface to Mastricht's larger theological work. Until now, most of Mastricht's writing was buried in Latin. Todd Rester's in-process translation of Mastricht's work will be one of the most important contributions to Reformed churches in our time. The Best Method of Preaching is designed to whet reader's appetites for more (19).
Mastricht believed that most books on preaching were too long (26). He thought that long tedious books on preaching resulted in long tedious sermons. Rester conveniently divides Mastricht's counsel on preaching into ten brief chapters. The book expands the four things that Mastricht believed were necessary in preaching: invention, arrangement, elaboration, and delivery (29). Each chapter is filled with good sense, pithy statements, and illustrations of how to construct the parts of a sermon using Colossians 3:1 as a template. Mastricht's primary goals were to make sermons easy to remember and to promote the practice of piety. The brevity of the book will make it a reference tool to keep on a pastor's desk for weekly sermon preparation.
It is worth knowing Latin if only to read Mastricht and his mentor, Johannes Hoornbeeck. Lord willing, Mastricht will soon be available in English. I pray that this book on preaching would leave readers hooked and longing for more.

Ryan M. McGraw
First OPC, Sunnyvale, CA
(This review appeared in Banner of Truth)
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Work 11 Jun 2014
By S. Anderson - Published on Amazon.com
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Van Mastricht is entirely relevant to preaching today. He is simple, clear, and helpful and steers the preacher away from antinomian tendencies. One of my favorite lines relevant to sermon delivery: "...it should be manly and spiritual." P. 79.
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