Monday, January 23, 2012
Deep Preaching Book Review
For four chapters "Deep Preaching" explores some reasons why preaching is important and why a need to preach deeply is mandatory. Then the book explodes in the last six chapters on this deep topic of prayer. Dr. Edwards expands on how to use the classic spiritual disciplines of prayer, fasting, and meditation to strengthen one's sermon. He calls this aspect, "Closet Work." This is a great way to describe this necessary aspect. An aspect that goes between the exegetical work and the homoletical work.
Once the author's intent is discovered, the exegetical work, then the preacher must go and wrestle with the Lord until he comes out of that closet with that text having done devastating reformation to the preachers soul. Only then should the preacher stand before a congregation and expound the text.
Every preacher MUST read this book. We know how to parse and we know how to collect illustrations, but do we really know how to stay in the closet until we come out with a piping hot meal that Jesus would be proud to serve? I propose most preachers do not, and this book will call us back to the vital ingredient of preaching.