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It's All in How You Tell It: Preaching First-Person Expository Messages

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Pastors are continually looking for resources to make their preaching more powerful and culturally relevant. Old-school models based on three-point outlines do not resonate with today's churchgoers, who are accustomed to media-driven modes of expression.
It's All in How You Tell It provides the tools and insights necessary to help both veteran and novice preachers move fro
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Paperback, 144 pages
Published March 1st 2003 by Baker Books
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Andrew Murch
Dec 15, 2015 Andrew Murch rated it liked it
It is hard to find a better source for a book on preaching than Haddon (and his son Torrey) Robinson. This text is a quick, targeted read on first person expository preaching. The Robinsons break down the book in two sections, devoting the first half of the text to explaining the method (including checklists and step by step guides). The second half is eight appendices which lay out model sermons from top-level practitioners. I particularly enjoyed reading some of these examples. Haddon's sermon ...more
Peter Mead
Jul 26, 2014 Peter Mead rated it really liked it
This book, by Robinson and son, has a clear target. The sleek and well prepared script of the book flies effortlessly to hit that target. Unhindered by extraneous information, disconnected asides or time-consuming tangents, the book achieves its purpose. Preaching first-person expository messages.

The first major thrust of the book is to convince the reader of the efficacy of first-person preaching. Like a stealth bomber that flies in undetected by the defensive radar systems of modern believers,
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Thomas Kinsfather
Jul 22, 2010 Thomas Kinsfather rated it liked it
A thorough look at an interesting approach to sermon delivery. Telling stories from the first person. That is, pretending to be John the Baptist and tell the story of Jesus' baptism as if you were there.

I have used this approach on several occasions. Once for a special day I dressed up and pretended to be Nicodemus. I told of my midnight visit to Jesus, of the affairs within the Sanhedrin, and then of the crucifixion, burial, and resurrection. An excellent addition to any preachers tool box.
Charles Jr.
Mar 19, 2012 Charles Jr. rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed this book, because as a preacher it's important that you know how to preach messages in different ways. We all know that God's message never changes, but He does change His methods. Therefore, we must know that some people are attracted to the Word of God through different ways of presentation. Haddon shows us how to exegete a text and preach it in first person precise and with power.
Bill Tillman
Feb 05, 2010 Bill Tillman rated it it was amazing
Shelves: christian, theology
Great for preacher or other christian speaker.
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Haddon W. Robinson (PhD, University of Illinois) is the Harold John Ockenga Distinguished Professor of Preaching and senior director of the Doctor of Ministry Program at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in South Hamilton, Massachusetts. He has authored numerous books, including It's All in How You Tell It and Making a Difference in Preaching.
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