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The Imperative of Preaching: A Theology of Sacred Rhetoric

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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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Douglas Wilson
I have read quite a few books on preaching, I have to say. This one was in the top three. Really fine. I'll be doing a more detailed review on my blog.
Joostnixon
Jul 22, 2014 Joostnixon rated it liked it
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.
Zack
Jul 02, 2015 Zack rated it it was amazing
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.
Peter N.
Mar 08, 2013 Peter N. rated it really liked it
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
mpsiple
Jun 10, 2013 mpsiple rated it liked it
Good. On the necessity of both indicatives and imperatives (in that order) in preaching. It had some wonderful short sections, but most of it read like a dissertation. Should have been half the length.
Nathan Shaver
Jan 09, 2013 Nathan Shaver rated it it was amazing
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Excellent! A great reminder in what preaching is and a great primer on how to do it biblically. Filled with great examples!
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