Preaching?: Simple Teaching on Simply Preaching Paperback – 20 Jul 2013
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Given the content, readability and insights... this book is a "must" for preachers and for those who want to understand preaching and encourage preachers.(Harry L. Reeder III)
Alec's succinct and stirring treatise on preaching makes me wish wholeheartedly that I could start all over again-in that blessed privilege of preaching, praying and pastoring.(Dale Ralph Davis)
Alec Motyer has had a profound, formative influence on my preaching. In this book he puts his decades of wisdom on expository preaching at the reader's fingertips. This is as practical and Biblically solid a book on preaching as you can find today.(Tim Keller)
This refreshing guide, laced with excellent Biblical examples and astute observations from personal experience, will be a great read for preachers old and new, and I warmly commend it.(Jonathan Lamb)
This primer on preaching, Preaching? Simple Teaching on Simply Preaching, is one of the best there is, displaying the work of a master who knows his subject so well he can make it look 'simpler' than it is, and therefore less daunting.(D. A. Carson)
I find it hard to imagine a more exciting book on preaching. It's the distilled wisdom of a veteran Old Testament scholar, full of wisdom and great outlines on scripture. It's ideal for both regular preachers and those just starting out. It's one of those books that will spawn sermon series in the reader's mind.(Mark McDowell)
... ought to be read by all preachers and prospective preachers and teachers alike... educational, engaging and encouraging.(English Churchman)
This is an excellent book. Those who have recently started to preach should read it as soon as possible; it will help them avoid foolish mistakes and a lot of wasted time. Those who have been preaching for some time should also read it- while there is still time to do it better!(Evangelical Times)
Alec Motyer is a man of the Bible... The book is very helpful to both the novice as well as the veteran preacher. I highly recommend the book.(David Zadok)
... written with the twinkly wisdom of a true veteran. This is a practical and inspiring look at the subject of preaching... thought-provoking and challenging.(Ichithus Magazine)
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As I read this book, I felt like I was sitting in a class taught by Dr. Motyer. There were times I disagreed with him but the vast majority of the time as I was reading, I would find myself saying, "Amen". The book spends four chapters talking about the importance of preaching and the growth of the preacher in the grace of God. His methodology of preaching is covered in chapters six through eleven with chapter twelve being a discussion on how the preacher should apply the teaching to his own life. Chapters thirteen and fourteen wrap up the book.
Recently I've been reading over every book I have in my office on preaching. When asked to review this book, I jumped at the opportunity because I've hear a lot of good things about Dr. Motyer from my friends. As I read this book, I realized that while I engage in much of Motyer's methodology, for example, examining the text, analyzing it, orientating myself to the passage, harvesting it, presenting it and applying it, I still have a lot to learn about preaching and teaching the Word to the people of God.
One area where I struggle some in my own preaching and teaching of the Word is in the area of application. Dr. Moyter notes, "There are two factors to keep in mind, then, in bringing a sermon to an end: first, the task of creating and implementing a response is totally the work of the Holy Spirit and must be left to Him. But secondly, the statement of truth (the task granted to the preacher) includes the appeal of the truth. We are called to be faithful (to our task) and believing (in the Lord the Spirit). This calls for great sensitivity. It does not call for stopping short of the appeal which is any given text or passage is part of the truth of that passage - The Word of God not only teachers what is true but also how to respond to what is true" (109). I've longed believed and practiced in my own preaching and teaching the fact that the text of Scripture dictates how we appeal to our hearers. It is precisely for this reason that this book was so helpful because the preaching of the point of the passage means we will apply the point of the passage to two audiences: the people of God and those who are not yet the people of God.
While preachers and teachers will have quibbles with some of what Dr. Moyter says in this book, I think what they will find in this book is a gold mine of godly thoughts on how to do sermon prep, how to engage the Scriptures faithfully, and method to apply the Word of God to the believer and those who need the message of the gospel. Whether you are a relatively young preacher like myself or a seasoned preacher, Dr. Moyter, a seasoned professor and preacher of the Word has something for you. This fantastic book makes the task of preaching and teaching uncomplicated while making sure not to neglect the reality that preaching is a high and holy task. This simple but engaging book is practical theology at its best, a book rooted in the Word, exalting the Gospel and relying on the Holy Spirit to assist the preacher or teacher as they prepare and preach the Word. I recommend this book for both young and seasoned preachers, especially those who are preparing in seminary to preach the Word of God.
Character sermons or lessons are great ways to see how the shape of a story fits into an overall truth. Alec writes, “Ever incident has its own truth to tell and every incident could be the subject of its own sermon,….The message of the private failure of the public man is more relevant to our times in which leading figures insist that what is private is strictly private and a man must be judged on how he does on the job. Not so, says the story of Davd: the private failure,…brought the whole fabric down – private, public, personal, domestic, individual, national” (55). This truth is powerful in that it relates the truth that there is no clear cut separation between public and private spheres because the attitudes of our heart are displayed in both. For the preacher, bringing out this point is as much a target at oneself as it is to the congregation. Do we separate our private life from our public life, do we have two personas?
One reminder that Alec sought to relay to his readers concerns the manuscript and the pulpit. He writes, “take into the pulpit with you whatever leaves you free to handle the material fluently, and to address your hears in a ‘face-to-face’ manner” (99). There are two points here worth commenting on: freedom in the pulpit and posture. Preaching that is carefully constructed and meditated upon will by nature be an exercise in delivering what you have so diligently prepared. Secondly, the sermon is not a lecture but an exercise in connecting with God’s people. The face to face manner goes by the wayside if we are tied to our manuscript in an overzealous manner. Alec is aware that preparation is so important to the delivery of a good sermon because without it we look like a person who cares not for God’s people. I would also add that without thorough preparation we make a statement to our people that God’s Word is not worth studying because our words are what counts. Alec is careful throughout the book to provide examples of word studies, sermon application, and serious points about analysis.
I encourage all who preach or who are in preparation to be preachers to take a look at this book. You will be refreshed and challenged as you examine its contents.
Thanks to Christian Focus Publications for the copy of this book in exchange for review.