Choosing to Preach: A Comprehensive Introduction to Sermon Options and Structures, is Kent’s first hardcover book, published by Zondervan in 2006. It seeks to map the landscape of preaching, describing five approaches to the task: visionary, declarative, narrative, pragmatic, and of course, integrative preaching.
Today, traditional forms of preaching are being scrutinized and challenged. The biblical sermon is not immune to the pressure to evolve or even fall by the wayside, leaving pastors and seminary students confused over how best to communicate to today’s listeners. In this forward-looking textbook, Kenton Anderson delivers a strong call to current and future ministers to indeed choose to preach biblical sermons, despite the obstacles to doing so. While preaching itself is non-negotiable, the exact form it takes can be much more flexible, allowing people to hear from God as they hear his Word preached. Rather than presenting one model or process for preparing a sermon, Anderson explains several available options. As you discern your message from the Bible, will you begin with the text (deductive) or with the listener (inductive)? Will you focus on the idea (cognitive) or the image (affective)? The choices you make lead to five possible sermon structures: • DECLARATIVE―make an argument • PRAGMATIC―solve a mystery • NARRATIVE―tell a story • VISIONARY―paint a picture • INTEGRATIVE―sing a song Each model is described in detail and related to well-known contemporary preachers, including John MacArthur, Rick Warren, Eugene Lowry, and Rob Bell. This book equips you with a variety of tools for your preaching tool kit.