Book Review: Preaching

Preaching?: Simple Teaching on Simply PreachingPreaching?: Simple Teaching on Simply Preaching by J. Alec Motyer
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Good solid book on preaching. It is almost like having your grandfather walk you through a preaching course on your back deck. It had a great conversational tone that gave it warmth. I really enjoyed his focus on variation and personality. He gives solid instructions without saying, “You must do it this way.” The last chapters on the pastor’s personal walk with Christ were excellent. He shows clearly how the private life of the minister is the source of his public life.

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Ten Quotes from Crazy Busy

“For most of us, it isn’t heresy or rank apostasy that will derail our profession of faith. It’s all the worries of life.”

“Doing the cookie drive so you can love others is one thing. Doing the cookie drive so that others might love you is quite another.”

“Of all the possible problems contributing to our busyness, it’s a pretty good bet that one of the most pervasive is pride.”

“Jesus didn’t meet every need. He left people waiting in line to be healed. He left one town to preach to another. He hid away to pray. He got tired. He never interacted with the vast majority of people on the planet. He spent thirty years in training and only three in ministry. He did not try to do it all. And yet, he did everything God asked him to do.”

“What’s important, however, it to think about what really ought to matter compared to what really is mattering.” (emphasis his)

“I can’t serve others effectively without setting priorities.”

“Stewarding my time is not about selfishly pursuing only the things I like to do. It’s about effectively serving others in the ways I’m best able to serve and in the ways I am most uniquely called to serve.”

“Parenting may be the last bastion of legalism.”

“While we can’t avoid being busy with our children–indeed it’s a biblical command (Titus 2:5)– with a good dose of prayer, a shot of biblical reflection, and a little common sense, we can avoid freaking out about them quite so much.”

“Effective love is rarely efficient. People take time. Relationships are messy. If we love others, how can we not be busy and burdened at least some of the time?”