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For more than 20 years, O. S. Hawkins served pastorates at the First Baptist Church in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and in Dallas, Texas. He is president of GuideStone Financial Resources, which serves 200,000 pastors, church staff, missionaries, doctors, and other workers of various Christian organizations with their retirement needs. He is the author of more than 25 books and preaches regularly at Bible conferences, evangelism conferences, and churches across the nation.

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HASH(0x9adbf90c) out of 5 stars Preachers Sourcebook 24 Jan. 2014
By Aaron J. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Nelson's Annual Preacher's Sourcebook, Volume 3, compiled by O.S. Hawkins, serves as a great starting point for sermon ideas. If you are experiencing preachers "writing block" (is it called "sermon block"?) pick up this volume and jump start your sermon prep process.

This book is divided into two parts: sermons, and articles. The sermons are in an expanded outline form, and include message from the likes of James MacDonald, Adrian Rogers, and eight other pastors. Each pastors sermon section cover a specific theme and includes about 13 different sermon outlines based on that theme.

The articles presented relate to practical guidance of pastoral duties. There are articles on sermon preparation, on preaching the funeral service, on preaching through the significant Christian calendar days, and the pastors role in the wedding experience. Included in the back pages of the book is a section to record church events, dedications, marriages, and sermons preached.

The value contained within the Preacher's Sourcebook well exceeds the $24.99 price tag. The sermons presented are, nearly all, of a topical nature. I prefer a more expository approach, personally. However, as previously stated, this is an excellent resource for getting your mind positioned properly for sermon preparation, and it provides another perspective outside of your own.
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HASH(0x9adbf960) out of 5 stars Tried it out and it worked as advertised. 3 Feb. 2014
By S. D. Smith - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
O. S. Hawkins, the editor of the Preacher’s Sourcebook, has done a fair job of putting together a library of sermons and teaching lessons that young or inexperienced pastors can use to get by. I enjoyed using the resource to prepare a recent sermon on Psalm 100, though I felt guilty doing so.

Speaking on a purely pragmatic sense, the book did it’s job. I tested it on a Sunday where I had been given little time to prepare as a hospital chapel I volunteer for needed someone in a pinch. Knowing I wanted to write a review on this book, I took the bait. After searching for only an hour or so, I found the sermon I wanted to use as a test. I figured that a review wouldn’t be as fruitful to my readers if I hadn’t fully tested out the book.

The “test” went fine. I tweaked a sermon from the book to fit my context and it was certainly passable. I wish I had the recording, but something tells me I wouldn’t really be able to use it, as the book holds the copyright to my sermon, not me since I didn’t write it. That is something to keep in mind if you ever use the sourcebook as your base material. I do think that the material for weddings and such would be particularly useful, as they aren't things a pastor does every day.

Overall, I say it sufficed to complete the job, but I wouldn’t use it more than I have to. I would feel guilty for using it too much. Having said that, I expect I’ll be taking it on the ship with me in the future for use if a chaplain isn’t available. It does, after all, have a lot of good resources.
HASH(0x9b3ba69c) out of 5 stars A Good Source Book for Anyone 12 Jan. 2014
By Lucille P. Robinson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Nelson's Annual Preacher's Source Book by Various Authors
O.S. Hawkins, Editor

Nelson's Annual Preacher's Source Book is a compiled text written by various authors who are also ministers. The Contents is divided into two sections: sermons and articles. There are 535 pages in these two sections followed by Special Occasion Registries covering forms for Baby Dedications, Baptisms and Confirmations, Funeral Registrations, Funerals Log, Marriage Registrations, Marriages Log, and Sermons Preached. These forms are empty so a Minister may use them for record keeping, I think. This section is followed by NOTES showing where each author obtained references for their topics. The Index is mainly a listing of words and on what pages of the text each word can be found on...much like the Concordance is arranged. Last is a CD of the text which can be used by either a MAC or PC.

I have always wanted to read one of these books out of plain curiosity. My question had been, Do preachers really use a book of sermons and outlines to plan their own weekly sermons? Now I knew it could be done, but would not a preacher want his sermons to reflect him/herself and his/her beliefs? However, I can imagine many ways in which this book can be used. A minister can indeed take the book and follow it from page one in planning a whole year's worth of sermons whether he had to have one, two or even three sermons a week. A preacher could even choose a topic and look up articles and sermons in this book to assist him in putting his thoughts together. My favorite idea is one in which a lay person could take this book and use it as a devotional book. Beginning with the first sermon/article and reading/meditating on one a day would be fantastic for those of us who have studied the Bible in so many ways we may be looking for a different approach.

The thoughts and ideas of the contributors of this source book have given me new insights into scriptures I already understood, but I still appreciated the new thoughts. I have also been able to get new understandings of scriptures which I had not been able to fully understand before. For these reasons I not only recommend this book to ministers, but also to lay people. Read the book. Meditate on what the authors are saying, pray God will open your understanding and enjoy finding out how experienced ministers think and feel. But most of all, enjoy the stronger relationship between you and the Lord Jesus Christ that this book should help develop.
HASH(0x9adbfbe8) out of 5 stars Nelson's Annual Preacher's Sourcebook 14 Dec. 2013
By Steven Ruff - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
As a pastor, the ministry to which the bulk of my time is devoted is the preaching/teaching ministry. My goal is to share a God’s Word in a relevant and interesting way. However, this is not my only ministry. With time being so valuable, it is important to have good resources in place to aid in the research, preparation, and delivery of a sermon. I am always on the look-out for inspiration and help that would allow me to better do what I have been called to do. One such resource is Nelson's Annual Preacher's Sourcebook, Volume 3, edited by Dr. O.S. Hawkins, former pastor of First Baptist Church in Dallas, Texas and President of Guidestone Financial Resources. Dr. Hawkins pulls together outlines, examples, and advice from many of today’s well-known preachers, seminary professors/presidents, and Bible scholars in a beautiful collaborative work. Contributors to the book are:

Daniel L. Aiken, President of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary
Mark L. Bailey, President and Professor of Biblical Exposition at Dallas Theological Seminary
Matt Carter, Pastor of Preaching and Vision, Austin Stone Community Church in Austin, TX
Steve Dighton, Senior Pastor, Lenexa Baptist Church in Lenexa, KS
David Epstein, Senior Pastor of Calvary Baptist Church, New York, NY
JD Greear, PhD, Lead Pastor, The Summit Church
Jeff Iorg, President, Golden Gate Seminary, Mill Valley, CA
James MacDonald, Senior Pastor, Harvest Bible Chapel in Chicago, IL
Adrian Rogers, Pastor Emeritus, Bellevue Baptist Church in Memphis, TN
K. Marshall Williams, Pastor, Nazarene Baptist Church in Philadelphia, PA
Jim Henry, Pastor Emeritus at First Baptist Church, Orlando, FL
Russell D. Moore, President, Ethics & Religious Liberty of the Southern Baptist Convention

I was hesitant to pick up this book. Because it contains sermon outlines, I was not sure what kind of message it may send. Dr. Hawkins states in the beginning how this book should be used. He writes, “It is not designed as an 'easy fix' for late Saturday night sermon preparation. Rather, it is a sourcebook designed to lay alongside all your other tools of word studies, exegesis, commentaries, prayer and analytical thought that goes into a fully developed and crafted sermon." This sourcebook also contains a DVD with all the notes and outlines that are printed inside. Nelson's Annual Preacher's Sourcebook is about 600 pages long and contains far more material than can be used in a single year. At the end of the book, Dr. Hawkins has included sample forms and suggested further reading in the form of essays. As he does every year, Dr. Hawkins has put out a great work that will be asset to preacher and other ministry leaders. A word of caution is due here. At one time in my life, I worked for a construction contractor. He had one simple rule which he was passionate about. His rule was that tools were to be used for their intended purpose only. Those who utilize this book should take great care that is serves as a means of inspiration and does not become a liability which brings reproach upon the preacher or the church which he serves. Great work. I will be looking forward to volume four.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their Blogger Review Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
HASH(0x9adbfe28) out of 5 stars An Excellent Resource 11 Dec. 2013
By Jalynn Patterson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
About the Book:

Preach great sermons and plan innovative worship services with the newest edition of Nelson’s Annual Preacher’s Sourcebook. This volume is the same sermon planner you have come to depend on for more than ten years. Outstanding pastors provide an entire year’s worth of preaching and worship resources for every week. Look for a new volume every fall.

Features include:

Sermons, creative outlines, illustrations, and quotes for every week of the year
Worship helps, including hymns, prayers, and Scripture texts
Inspirational thoughts and preaching techniques
Sermons for special occasions and holidays

About the Author:

For more than 20 years, O. S. Hawkins served pastorates at the First Baptist Church in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and in Dallas, Texas. He is president of GuideStone Financial Resources, which serves 200,000 pastors, church staff, missionaries, doctors, and other workers of various Christian organizations with their retirement needs. He is the author of more than 25 books and preaches regularly at Bible conferences, evangelism conferences, and churches across the nation.

My Review:

This is a very great resource for any minister to have! Those were the exact words from my husband. He was so excited when he seen this book arive at our home. He is in seminary and will soon be writing sermons and he has enjoyed flipping through the book and reading all the helps inside. For someone just starting out on sermon writing this will become their very best friend. He helps them until they get more experience at sermon writing.

The book includes sermons and outlines for each week as well as a few thrown in there for special occasions and holidays. It even can give that aspiring minister sermon starts for the times that they would just like an idea or topic to just start the process. With over 500 pages there is something in this book for every minister to use and to learn from.

The book is edited by O.S. Hawkins, he has combined these messages from several minsters such as Daniel Akin, the President of the Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary and J.D. Greear, Lead Pastor of the Summit Church just to name a few. There is enough in this book to last any preacher about years worth of teachings. There is even a disc included to assist you with the book. What is also great about this book is it is updated yearly. So there is always something new to add.

As stated in the introduction, this is only a tool. This is a sourcebook to be used along with the other tools that you use to create your sermons. You are to use it in such a manner to enhance God's message to His people.

**Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from Booksneeze.
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