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Speaking God's Words: A Practical Theology of Preaching

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There are many books on preaching, but few, if any, on the theology of preaching. Yet, whether it is recognized or not, theology underlies any preaching that claims to be biblical. In Speaking God's Words Peter Adam builds confidence in preaching by laying a firm theological foundation for it. Preaching rests upon three great pillars: God has spoken, his words are now reco ...more
Paperback, 173 pages
Published May 18th 2004 by Regent College Publishing (first published December 31st 1996)
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Bobby Oliveri
Mar 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Clear and concise, full of helpful insights from a seasoned preacher. Saturated with scripture and references to faithful preachers of the past. Challenging and encouraging, a great tool for new and aspiring pastors.
Jan 18, 2016 rated it liked it
Some good moments, but a bit disjointed. I think he tried to do too much. Adam's point about the ministry of the Word being broader than preaching (to include other teaching, counseling, evangelism, etc.) was helpful. ...more
Seth Channell
Dec 11, 2018 rated it liked it
He provides a solid theological foundation for preaching in the first part of the book. I was most edified by the second part of the book. Many of the historical quotes and illustrations did not help the books argument.

If you are committed to preaching the Bible (and know why you are), then just read the last two chapters of the book.

Favorite quotes:

"Faith in the present work of God who has called us to be preachers of the Word is important, otherwise we may continue preaching out of sheer obe
Chas Morse
Aug 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Peter Adam does an outstanding job of defining the “complete” role of the preacher. His aim is to “provide” a robust practical theology of preaching as part of the ministry.

I was especially convicted with the implications of Chapter 4, “Preaching as a ministry of the Word.”

“Effective pastoral ministry will include NOT only preaching but also demonstrate the practice of other ministries of the word to including, forming the life of the congregation in the conformity of the Word (the preacher’ sp
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Feb 21, 2017 rated it it was ok
Not very good.
Feb 09, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Absolute gold!
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Peter Krol
Nov 19, 2018 rated it liked it
Very strong theology of preaching. Not as strong as I had hoped on the practice of preaching.
Ben Zornes
Feb 28, 2017 rated it liked it
In a word, where this is good it is very good, and where it is bad it is very bad. Peter Adam vigorously defends the importance of the Word of God as central to the task of preaching, and that preaching ought not be restricted to the pulpit. A pastor's ministry is that of the Word, and this means, in our postmodern culture, that he must declare that God has spoken and the "it is written". I greatly appreciated this reminder of such a foundational truth for preachers; we must never veer from the ...more
Aug 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is a very good book on preaching. In fact, it is actually a book on ministering the Word of God, whether that is done by preaching or by some other means (e.g., small group studies, one-on-one interactions, etc.), though its primary focus is preaching.

Adam uses the ministry practices of, and sermon excerpts from, John Calvin and puritan pastors to illustrate his points. On the surface, those examples may seem a bit dated, but one of the problems we have in the Church today is with the atti
Mar 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book is a must read for any developing preacher. Adams covers a theology of preaching that connects revelation and proclamation seamlessly. He then shows how preaching is just one aspect of the "ministry of the Word." Thus, the book is suitable for any ministry of presenting and applying the scriptures (e.g. adult Sunday school, youth work, and counselling).

The book comes out of a series of lectures Adams did in 1993. He is to be commended for addressing postmodernism before it was a buzzw
Mark A Powell
Mar 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
Speaking God’s Word is primarily an act of preaching (though not limited to it, as Adam explains). The necessity and nature of Word-based ministry are nicely examined here. Adam writes with a style that invites further reading, his prose suffering mostly when he relies too heavily on quoted material. Despite a few minor disagreements, the force of Adam’s book is sound and easily recommendable to those desiring a deeper understanding of the ministry of the Word.
Mar 13, 2015 added it
Clear and pinpoint of a way to speak God's Word affectingly and boldly without hesitation. Makes one wonder if they are really speaking their own words or are they speaking God's Words! Read this and find out! ...more
Peter Jones
Aug 26, 2011 rated it liked it
I picked this book up because I saw it footnoted in Stott's Between Two Worlds. It had some good insights, but was not great. The last two chapters were the best. ...more
Jeremiah von Kühn
Jul 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
My favorite book on preaching, granted I've only read a few.

"God has spoken. It is written. Preach the Word."
May 15, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A great job developing the biblical foundations on the practice of preaching and good practical help for pastors.
Jan 20, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Peter Adam's major ministries have included lecturing at St John's College Durham, UK, and serving in Melbourne as vicar of St Jude's, Carlton from 1982-2002, and then as principal of Ridley Melbourne from 2002-2012. He was also chaplain of Melbourne University and archdeacon for parish development in the Melbourne Anglican diocese. Peter is currently vicar emeritus of St Jude's, Carlton, and Cano ...more

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