What is preaching? Why is some preaching arresting and powerful, and some boring and flat? How do you prepare sermons? The author states that God's work in the world and preaching are intimately linked: 'The kingdom of God and preaching are like conjoined twins who cannot be separated; they stand or fall together.' This book is based on preaching seminars held over the years in Switzerland, England, and Wales. Olyott insists that a sermon should be rooted in accurate exegesis, characterized by doctrinal substance, Christ-centeredness and supernatural authority, as well as being clear, direct, vivid, helpful and moving. His book explains why. A closing section outlines a suggested method of sermon preparation, and there follows a tribute to Hugh D. Morgan, a preacher who expemplified the principles outlined in this book.
As a lay preacher, I want to do the best I can to make clear the gospel. "Preaching Pure and Simple" is full of scripture-centered, spirit -filled, practical advice. I refer to it often.