Saving Eutychus

 

Saving Eutychus

Paul's Goodreads Review

This is a brilliant book. Although it's based on solid theology, it's wonderfully practical, but with the feeling that the authors are on the journey with you too. Realistic, encouraging, funny, and honest are a few more words to describe this indispensable handbook on preaching.
 

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God doesn’t use people because they are gifted. God uses people (even preachers) because he is gracious.

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If true religion lies much in the affections we may infer that such means are to be desired as have much tendency to move the affections. Such books, and such a way of preaching the word and the administration of the ordinances, and such a way of worshipping God in prayer and praises, as has a tendency deeply to affect the hearts of those who at... View Quote


Where God is explaining something, we need to help people understand. Where God is warning us, we need to help people feel the urgency and weight of that. Where God is wooing us, we need to help people feel the pull of his love. Where God is correcting us, we need to show people that they are going the wrong way and to help them get back on trac... View Quote


Preaching [passage by passage] is hard work. And, in one sense, it doesn’t get any easier the longer you’re at it. That’s why all of us need to develop a culture of lifelong learning. If we are going to take teaching the Bible seriously, then we will need to work at it constantly, developing our ability to understand, and teach... View Quote


Working through the Bible week by week will force us to cover subjects that we wouldn’t choose to address in a million years. In other words, expository preaching is the simplest, longest-lasting antidote we have to pragmatism.

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In fact, to use very long words, to seem very learned, to make people go away after a sermon, saying, “How fine! how clever! how grand!” all this is very easy work. But to write what will strike and stick, to speak or to write that which at once pleases and is understood, and becomes assimilated with a hearer’s mind and a thing never f... View Quote


Biscuits and sermons are improved by shortening.

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Robert Estienne added verse numbers [to the Bible] in 1551 on a horse ride from Paris to Lyons. Some think the horse would have done better.

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