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Excellence in Preaching: Studying the Craft of Leading Preachers

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Preaching is a dangerously high calling in which mere mortals dare to speak on behalf of God. All too often, well-intentioned preachers preach poorly. But what do good preachers do well? And what can we learn from them? Simon Vibert has studied the work of today's leading preachers with an eye for discerning the dynamics of effective preaching. Each chapter profiles a cont ...more
Paperback, 173 pages
Published November 18th 2011 by IVP Books
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Aaron
Apr 17, 2012 Aaron rated it really liked it
This was a really great book that examines some characteristics of what makes some well known preachers good communicators. Vibert gives a short bio of each and then examines what makes their preaching so powerful. The conclusion of each chapter he gives four or five principles that preachers can begin to apply and integrate into their ministries. I especially like that he profiles preachers from different theological stripes.
Bob
May 13, 2014 Bob rated it liked it
I was attracted by the idea of this book. Study great preachers to look for the qualities that define the greatness of their preaching. Vibert starts with the greatest of all, Jesus and his Sermon on the Mount. He then explores the work of twelve others, ranging from Tim Keller to John Piper to Nicky Gumbel to Mark Dever and even Mark Driscoll (obviously before some of the controversies surrounding his ministry).

The plan of each chapter is a brief personal profile of the person, a digest version
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Clint Walker
Oct 13, 2011 Clint Walker rated it really liked it
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Overview
Simon Vibert has written a unique text on preaching. In Excellence in Preaching, Vibert chooses twelve well-known, leading evangelical English-speaking preachers from three continents. He analyzes one or two of each of their messages, and points out the strengths of that particular message. Then, he has some take-away tips for preachers to better the execution of their craft.

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I enjoyed reading through Excellence in Preaching. There is a lot to learn from this text. There
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Joe Valenti
Nov 24, 2014 Joe Valenti rated it liked it
Shelves: own, preaching
This was a good little book. Vibert explores some of the best preachers alive today (in his opinion) and breaks down the details of what makes them excellent preachers. I was quite familiar with most of the American preachers, but knew only a few of those representing the UK. It was really good to learn about the preaching ministries of some new men from the UK.

One thing to note is that some of these men have preaching ministries that work particularly well due to the fact that they know their
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Omar
Sep 20, 2013 Omar rated it it was ok
Shelves: preaching, 2013
This book has a very interesting strategy: determine what makes the most influential preaches so influential. Vibert book is based off surveys he performed. The strength of the book was really the conclusion where he brings together all he found into a succinct argument. The chapters on preachers I already knew were interesting, but I skimmed most of the chapters of pastors I was not familiar with. If you pick up this book I would encourage you to read the conclusions of all the chapters and the ...more
Anna Bell
Jun 29, 2012 Anna Bell rated it it was ok


This book is not helpful for anyone trying to improve their own preaching. While it does as advertised and provide short case studies of leading preachers, they are all over the map. Maybe I'm seriously out of the loop, but I only recognized a few of them by name in the first place. If you're looking for help, look elsewhere.
Michael Locklear
Simon Vibert shares the strength of 12 pastors who come from various backgrounds, pastoring throughout the world with contrasting beliefs, passions and styles. Vibert closes each chapter with his own "Lessons For Preachers." The book was informative and an easy read.
Bob Wolniak
Feb 13, 2015 Bob Wolniak rated it really liked it
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A quick read with insights drawn from observing famous preachers. A few of my own favorites were in there and I felt that the author captured their peculiar genius quite well. However, I would've liked to have seen some women in this list as well.
John Wiley
Aug 16, 2013 John Wiley rated it liked it
Was really looking forward to this read. It was pretty good, but honestly I already knew a lot of what Vibert had analyzed. The intro was insightful, though.
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