Walk into most Christian churches in the western world today and the chances of you hearing a biblically relevant message is, to be polite slim. Even churches claiming to be evangelical or reformed to often tend towards market led, comforting talks on the one hand and impenetrable, jargon filled theological lectures on the other. How can preachers maintian a sensible balance? Roberts Reymond has trained hundreds of pastors and has an intimate understanding of the areas where preachers are inclined to fail He often points to 8 qualities that all pastors should aspire to in their ministries, qualities that are all to often lacking.
About the Author
Robert L. Reymond (1932-2013) taught for more than 25 years on the faculties of Covenant Theological Seminary (St. Louis, Missouri) and Knox Theological Seminary (Ft. Lauderdale, Florida). He held degrees from Bob Jones University and did post-doctoral studies at Fuller Seminary, New York University, Union Seminary (New York), Tyndale House, Cambridge, and Rutherford House, Edinburgh.
'...a rigorous and step by step consideration of what it means to be a biblical preacher. Driven by historic Reformed thinking, Reymond unpacks the preaching task through the stages of the mental and spiritual condition of the preacher, its necessary focus on the revealed truth, the character and purpose of God, and the resulting communication of the specific content of that revelation. Among the growing number of books on preaching, this one should take its place at the top echelon and be made a consistent and ready reference for reminding us that truth, passionately believed, fervently lived, and articulately presented governs the preaching task.' ~ Tom J. Nettles (Senior Professor of Historical Theology, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, Kentucky)
"I found this book a very stimulating read. The first chapter alone offers immense encouragement to the preacher, buttressing confidence in the 'mere words' of Scripture to communicate the truth of God with power, and those following issue a much-needed call for robust theology, truly biblical evangelism, and genuine piety in the pulpit." ~William Philip (Minister, The Tron Church, Glasgow)
'I would highly recommend this book to preachers. The theological points are well argued and very relevant to our own day. It is the sort of book that one may refer to time and again, benefiting from studying individual chapters. Above all the emphasis that preaching and worship should be God-centred and God-glorifying is refreshing' ~Evangelical Times
'Here is a challenging work by someone who has extensive experience inthe training of preachers, and who has an obvious understanding of areas where they are inclined to fail. This is a stimulating book and it is difficult to see how any preacher could read it without profit.' ~ British Church Newspaper