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Preaching with Purpose: The Urgent Task of Homiletics

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"The amazing lack of concern for purpose among homileticians and preachers has spawned a brood of preachers who are dull, lifeless, abstract and impersonal; it has obscured truth, hindered joyous Christian living, destroyed dedication and initiative, and stifled service for Christ." –Jay Adams, from the book Preaching needs to become purposeful, says Jay Adams, because pur ...more
Paperback, 176 pages
Published May 26th 1986 by Zondervan (first published January 28th 1983)
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Scott Korljan
Sep 02, 2014 rated it liked it
Preaching with Purpose is worth the short and easy read that it is. Adam's is very direct and to the point (very purposeful you might say), and while the age of the book comes out (published in 1982), it contains many principals worth considering. As a preacher, I found the following to be some of the helpful points made:

1. Purposeful Planning - Adams challenges pastors to be 6 months ahead in sermon prep.
2. Gathering Storytelling material - Adams challenges pastors to always be in the process.
Phillip G.
Apr 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
In my estimation, this is the best book on homiletics.
Jacob Atchley
Feb 12, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: empty-shelf-2015
I found this book to be thought provoking and challenging. While Adams references his work and material at a non stop pace he does so to direct the reader to resources consistent with the content he's presenting.

He spends a bit of time developing the "telos" idea and then weaves it through the book.

While not an exhaustive work on homiletics by any means this book works to clarify the focus of the preacher and bring a laser like approach on "purpose" in preaching.

Lots of practical suggestions
Mar 10, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: preaching
I liked the concept of "purpose" as an overarching lead in the entire process. I had hoped for some more hands-on help and at times I had the feeling the author was promoting the other books he had written on the issues I was looking for more help. Overall, the book does give some basic issues (somewhat a summary) to consider in order to do well in preaching.
Jun 18, 2013 rated it it was ok
I haven't read a book on preaching in some time. Admittedly, I probably had too high of expectations for this one. At any rate, I believe that Douglas Wilson has said it best: "A tad less than good."
Jun 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Unique focus on purpose makes it stand apart from other books on preaching.
Douglas Wilson
Apr 12, 2009 rated it it was ok
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Jay Edward Adams is a Reformed Christian author. He has written over 100 books and these have been published in sixteen languages.
He received a Bachelor of Divinity from Reformed Episcopal Seminary, a Bachelor of Arts in Classics from Johns Hopkins University,a Masters in Sacred Theology from Temple University, and a PhD in Speech from the University of Missouri.
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