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Biblical Preaching

4.09  ·  Rating details ·  1,895 Ratings  ·  71 Reviews
This classic takes the student step by step through the process of preparing and preaching an expository sermon, showing how to derive the sermon's structure from the biblical text.
ebook, 251 pages
Published January 1st 2001 by Baker Academic (first published 1980)
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Matt Moran
I have mixed feelings on this book. Having just finished Preaching 601 I have mixed feelings on Dr. Robinson's class in general.

- Very practical
- Does not overspiritualize the process of preaching - brings in a lot of basic communication theory and applies it to preaching.

- I'm unconvinced that a sermon can have only one basic idea and that it needs to be reduced to a slogan-like title.
- I'm unconvinced that preaching without a manuscript (as we had to in class) is necessary
Eddy Barnes
Jun 09, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: preaching
Apparently, a standard text on expository preaching. Deals in depth with the process of creating a sermon, from the point of choosing the text, to writing the outline and manuscript, and finally delivery. A helpful step-by-step guide. Couples well with Preaching and Preachers, which deals more with the spirituality and character of the preacher.
Jun 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
What a great & a practital book by teacher, Biblical preacher and homeletician Haddon W. Robinson.
Without doubt, 'the Bible is the supreme preacher to the preacher'. Any preacher whose heart isn't moved by God's Word shouldn't attempt moving the hearts of men with his/her knowledge of the Bible.
Marcus Doe
Aug 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent book. Upon the passing of the author, Haddon Robinson, I went back and re read this book that I had read in seminary. It is just a masterpiece. The prep work for sermons can be both a great toil and a great joy, but the delivery for me is pure Holy Spirit led art. Dr Robinson does a masterful job of walking us through as best as he could the art pf preparation adn the practice of preaching the word of God so that people can clearly understand it. I appreciated the nuggets on aesthetics ...more
Genessa Torsy
Jun 04, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Reduces preaching to a carnal,uninspired formula

This text reads like a college public speaking manual rather than a guide for anointed,God-ordained ministers of the gospel. Way to put God in a box and intellectualize ministry in a way that can only hinder those with a true calling on their lives.
Nilhan Niles
Aug 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A real eye-opener!!
Ryan Boyer
Mar 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Robinson was my preaching professor in seminary. The class exceeds the book.
Czarita Aguja
By adopting preaching methods to suit the time, most pulpits have sadly abandoned the authority of the Word in this said ministry. Pragmatic approaches have devalued this divine task, substituting the message with the techniques that fit the fad. This process through which God works and through which many have been redeemed, has got to be put back the way God intended.

In his book, Haddon Robinson elaborated why we need expository preaching and clearly expounded what it is and what it is not. Ma
Aug 27, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: seminary-reading
Haddon Robinson’s work, The Development and Delivery of Expository Messages, is a staple in any pastoral library. In it, Robinson lifts high the Scripture “not as the word of men but as what it really is, the word of God, which is at work,” and states that preachers too often (and usually inadvertently) bend the Word of God to their sermon’s main idea, rather than bending their thought to the Word of God. (22)
What is expository preaching? Robinson defines it in chapter one as, “the communication
Ho Christopher
Jun 30, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
f you have dipped into a few preaching books on expository preaching, you would no doubt be referred on multiple times to Haddon Robinson’s Biblical Preaching. So it was with great joy and anticipation when I found that I can finally read this book.

Robinson first begins the book by making a case and defense for expository preaching. Though it was certainty not the most water-tight argument for expository, it does the job sufficiently. I have no doubts no readers who picked this book would rather
May 31, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An analysis of the work of lesson formation and preaching.

This is a newly revised edition of a standard text on preaching. The author is a fan of what he deems "expository preaching," and yet his definition seems expansive enough for both true exposition and for thematic preaching. He is concerned about the preacher imposing his ideas on the text as opposed to the preacher's ideas being informed by the text, and the concern is right and good. Nevertheless not a few "expository" lessons can suff
Peter Mead
Jun 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In England this book is sold under the title of “Expository Preaching,” but if you get it online, I would go for the American title so you are sure to get the 2nd edition.

This is Robinson’s highly revered “how to” preaching textbook. He presents a ten-stage process of sermon preparation in his typically precise style. No word is wasted. In many respects numerous other books on preaching are building on this one, trying to offer some clarification or slight adjustment. That is certainly not true
Zara Dumitru
This book gives practical tips on how to achieve clarity in message, which is helpful in purposefully delivering a message to an audience. I'm reading this text book for a Homiletics class, in which I get to practice its contents right away in class. This has been extremely helpful for me in strengthening my communicating/"preaching" skills.

I gave it a 3 because it is helpful, and easily achieves its purpose. It has enough resources outside of the author which amplifies its credibility. It has
Josh L
Mar 02, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
You can read my full review at Quieted Waters.

Dr. Haddon Robinson is a wonderful writer, as shown in Biblical Preaching, but he is also a gifted pastor and the embodiment of humble love.

When I visited Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in 2008, I was privileged to have two meals at a table with Dr. Robinson (who was serving as Interim President at the time), and both times I marveled at his unassuming compassion for everyone, although he had only just met each of us. The first meal, a breakfast
Mar 10, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Haddon Robinson presents one of the evangelical classics on preaching. The work represents the sum total of the traditional methods of homiletics and does it in a manner that will resonate with many expository preachers. For the most part, the work introduces little new information, but certainly does an excellent job repackaging the material for the modern expositor. Some of the new topics include the concept of a inductive message, which is still quite new for most preachers in conservative ci ...more
Corey Hampton
Mar 20, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a good introductory book on biblical preaching. It gives broad brush strokes to very practical principles for the preacher to use in order to develop and preach effective sermons. It was very easy to read; I read it in its entirety in one day. In regards to homiletics (the art of preparing and preaching sermons), I definitely would recommend it. But, if you desire to have a better understanding of the Bible passage itself in order to preach it (hermeneutics), I would go elsewhere. "Invi ...more
Jan 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Good book on preaching

This book taught the structure of a sermon from the introduction to the conclusion. After prayer the selection of the text and it is proper interpretation appeared as the first step on the process of sermon preparation. Also the author taught how to find the subject and complement of the biblical text and in what way it is relevant to the audience in twenty first century. The elements for a proper introduction and conclusion and the used of specific and vivid instead of abs
Robinson's book is a solid introduction to preaching. He takes time to address every aspect, from choosing a text to exegeting it, from delivery to dress. Many of the subjects he addresses I hadn't given much thought (for example, transition). He tells a joke early on that to ruin someone's golf game, you give them a book on "Golf 101," to explain the dangers of bad introductory texts; my only concern with this book is that addressing every piece so thoroughly will make me overthink everything!
Ben Adkison
Jan 22, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was supposed to read this book in seminary and somewhere in the craziness I only read a few chapters. Lately I've been examining preaching a lot, so I decided to go back and read 'ol Haddon. All I can say is that this book is really amazing! If you want to know how to preach well and in a manner that will be most beneficial for your listeners, then you need to read what Haddon Robinson has to say. I would recommend this book to any Biblical Communicator. I'm more convinced now of expository pr ...more
Jan 15, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Lydia by: Eric Thompson
This was my first book specifically on preaching/homiletics and found it to be very helpful. Robinson creates bite-sized pieces with his ten stages of development. I especially liked the stress of concise and clear ideas as well as of developing a subject and complement idea. Overall, this is a great book for any form of communication, not just preaching. I can see the concepts and stages put forth in this book used for small group studies, writing curriculums, natural conversations, and any oth ...more
Apr 06, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
not quite as dry as 'Christ Centered Preaching', but kinda up there. A lot of good information about forming the sermon with one chapter at the end titled 'how to preach so people will listen' which I thought that a lot more time should have been given to in my class. Oh well, at least now I'm stuffed full of information about forming a biblical/expository sermon. Delivery on the other hand...well, maybe I'll luck out and it'll come naturally eh. >_< *sigh (oh Moody, why do you do this to ...more
Feb 17, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a very practical text on the technicalities of preaching. Robinson emphasizes the importance of understanding the Scripture first and then allowing the text to determine the message. He does tend to emphasize felt needs and relatable principles a little more than I would like, but his advice and guidance on preparation and delivery are very helpful. This would be especially helpful for someone who has preached for awhile and is looking to improve in the craft.
Jacob Aitken
Jun 24, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reference, preaching
Respect the classics. I suppose homiletics manuals have been in style since the days of Broadus and Dabney. For our generation, and for the one preceding us, Robbinson set the stage. Other manuals are no doubt better, but for those of us who were preaching right out of high school and knew literally nothing about the bible and preaching, Robbinson's text was a god-send that gently walked us through the mechanics.
Oct 20, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A completely average and unremarkable book about preaching. It has helpful ways of thinking about the preaching task, good insight, tips, figures that help explain what the author is getting at and other underwhelming, mediocre, run of the mill observations about preaching. If you need a basic preaching book this is as good as any. (I haven't read it but Craddock's book might be better).
Daniel Ligon
This book is a classic. Haddon Robinson does a solid job explaining what expository preaching is, why it is important, and how to do it. The weakness of Biblical Preaching is that it tends to be a little stiff in its format of sermon development, but you won’t go wrong in following Robinson’s advice!
Nov 15, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very good basic guide to preaching. Would be great for the beginner, and did have a number of helpful points and ideas, but didn't add a huge amount to improve my practice after twenty years of preaching. Nonetheless, it was a good refresher and reminder of some of the things that I do that are unhelpful!
Nathan Parker
Nov 06, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a classic work on how to prepare expository messages. The principles Robinson outlines in this book are extremely beneficial for any biblical expositor. Pastors wishing to better develop expository preaching will mine gold from this resource. I highly recommend it to anyone wishing to better communicate the Word of God.
Aaron W. Matthews
I might as well have bought yellow paint and a brush over a highlighter. Every page is loaded with power and preaching gold. I read this for a preaching class, but gleaned more out of it than I ever anticipated.
Brandon Current
Jul 15, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Read and keep as resource. Good organization for the development of a sermon. Sermons may be stiff for a while as these steps are practiced, but they should get back to a natural flow with time, with better clarity and effectiveness.
Matthew Farrell
Jan 06, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really good book. It took me a while to understand a lot of the lingo, as I am not as accustomed to understanding big "churchy" theological words, but once I understood the concept of the book and was able to get into a better understanding of the way the author writes I enjoyed.
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  • Between Two Worlds: The Challenge of Preaching Today
  • Christ-Centered Preaching: Redeeming the Expository Sermon
  • The Supremacy of God in Preaching
  • Preaching and Preachers
  • Preaching the Whole Bible as Christian Scripture: The Application of Biblical Theology to Expository Preaching
  • Biblical Eldership: An Urgent Call to Restore Biblical Church
  • Feed My Sheep: A Passionate Plea for Preaching
  • Power in the Pulpit: How to Prepare and Deliver Expository Sermons
  • Rediscovering Expository Preaching
  • Creative Bible Teaching
  • Communicating for a Change: Seven Keys to Irresistible Communication
  • New Testament Exegesis: A Handbook for Students and Pastors
  • Teaching to Change Lives: Seven Proven Ways to Make Your Teaching Come Alive
  • Basics of Biblical Greek Grammar
  • Exegetical Fallacies
  • Christian Theology
  • The Hermeneutical Spiral: A Comprehensive Introduction to Biblical Interpretation
  • Greek Grammar Beyond the Basics: An Exegetical Syntax of the New Testament
Haddon W. Robinson (PhD, University of Illinois) was 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 authored numerous books, including It's All in How You Tell It and Making a Difference in Preaching.
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“Be clear! Be clear! Be clear!” Clarity does not come easily. When we train to be expositors, we probably spend three or four years in seminary. While that training prepares us to be theologians, it sometimes gets in our way as communicators. Theological jargon, abstract thinking, or scholars’ questions become part of the intellectual baggage that hinders preachers from speaking clearly to ordinary men and women.” 2 likes
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