The Minister's Manual (Doran's)

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The Minister's Manual (Doran's)

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Since 1925, The Minister's Manual has been a resource for preaching and worship for lay leaders, choir directors, Sunday school teachers, and, of course, pastors. James W. Cox, editor since 1984 and senior professor at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, understands that "even the most original preachers ... have often needed the flame of someone else's thought to light their own candle." This exhaustive, nondenominational resource not only contains prayers for every occasion but also uses quotations, questions to prompt unbelievers, biblical benedictions, and blessings, along with messages ranging from communion services to children's sermons. Sermons for every Sunday of the year are also included, aimed not at constituting a yearlong worship program but at addressing topics specific to Sunday and seasons throughout the year. In this section, a lectionary message is followed by numerous illustrations, scripture references, sermon suggestions, congregational music selections, worship aids (call to worship, invocation), and an entire sermon to prompt individual thinking. Cox insists that this tool is not meant as a substitute for one's own study but merely serves as the starter fluid for the fire that will reflect one's own signature teaching. Quickly becoming known as the standard by which all other preaching annuals are measured, the 2001 edition's original material makes it a useful addition to even the busiest bookshelf. --Jill Heatherly

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". . . This religious anthology will nourish the pastor's heart, soul, and mind. It's a treasure for devotional reflection as well as a support for the task at hand."?James W. Crawford, pastor, Old South Church, Boston"Under the editorial . . . guidance of Professor Cox, whose sensitivity to parish needs in incomparable, The Ministers Manual has achieved a long-standing reputation for its wide variety of quality material for pulpit and worship use."?Donald Macleod, Francis L. Patton, professor emeritus, Princeton Theological SeminaryThe Ministers Manual is the single most comprehensive resource for preaching and worship available, filled with completely new material for 1999. Unlike other preaching annuals that simply outline sermons, The Ministers Manual provides complete sermons for the entire calAndar year. This nondenominational guide offers you both topical and lectionary sermons and supplements these with two alternative sermon outlines for every Sunday. You can engage the minds of your youngest parishioners by drawing from the fifty-two children's sermons and stories and there are thoughtful sermon illustrations and messages for seasonal celebrations. In addition, The Ministers Manual will help you prepare sermons and prayers for such occasions as communion, funeral services, and Memorial Day.Along with all this, The Ministers Manual gives you additional features not found in other preaching manuals. It provides three valuable worship aids with every sermon, useful for expanding your Sunday service. You can also enrich your preaching by drawing from the more than one hundred thought-provoking quotations and questions on life and religion. Further, this expansive reference offers topics to ponder at small group discussions and resources for evangelism and world missions. And the seven indexes put all of this valuable information at your fingertips. The Ministers Manual is truly unequaled in its breadth.

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