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The Imperative of Preaching: A Theology of Sacred Rhetoric
by John Carrick
Believing that preaching remains of vital importance today, John Carrick argues that its effectiveness can be greatly enhanced if preachers make use of the patterns of communication laid down by God in Scripture for their instruction. He sees in the Bible a sacred rhetoric which the apostles and prophets, and Christ himself, used to awaken, move and persuade their hearers. ...more
Hardcover, 202 pages
Published January 1st 2003 by Banner of Truth
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The strength of this book is its use of example in the Scriptures for each of the chapters. I found that the chapter on the interrogative--the use of questions in preaching--was the most helpful to me as a preacher. Carrick's style is a bit of butterless toast, but the content is solid.
Incredibly valuable resource in that it is accessible (if a bit dense), succinct (if a bit heavy on block quotes), unique (emphasizing the complementary balance between indicative and imperative while using rhetorical and grammatical categories throughout), and Christ-exalting.
I really enjoyed this book. John Carrick addresses the different methods or parts of preaching, including indicative, interrogative, exclamative and the imperative. All the chapters were worth reading. But the key contributions of the book are the two chapters on the imperative. There Carrick rebukes those who would leave specific and pointed application out of preaching. I believe this is an important corrective to current preaching trends that tell the story without little, if any, application ...more