Power in the Pulpit: How America's Most Effective Black Preachers Prepare Their Sermons

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Power in the Pulpit: How America's Most Effective Black Preachers Prepare Their Sermons


Battle, Michael, Anglican Theological Review


Power in the Pulpit: How America's Most Effective Black Preachers Prepare Their Sermons. Edited by Cleophus J. LaRue, Louisville, Ky: Westminster John Knox Press, 2002. viii + 191 pp. $22.95 (paper).

Power in the Pulpit is a necessary resource for the art of preaching. In addition to providing content from some of the most prominent figures in the church, this creative book synthesizes, in particular, twelve distinguished preachers' thoughts on preaching from the Black Church Tradition in North America. The twelve preachers go into detail about bow they prepare sermons, as well as prepare themselves for Sunday morning and other preaching engagements. For example, one of my favorite preachers in this book, Charles G. Adams, writes:

If I begin with the words and works of others concerning the basic text, I will suppress my own spontaneity, sensitivity, and creativity. The words and works of others are so excellent, so admirable, and so compelling that they must be deferred at the start of sermonic preparation, lest I become a mere puppet mouthing the words from the seemingly closed lips of some ingenious homiletic ventriloquist (p. …

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