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The nature of a preacher is that of a herald, one commissioned and sent by another to speak his message in his behalf to a recipient. The Weight of Preaching develops a workable theology of the preacher's task in this role, commissioned by God to proclaim the Good News. Even in the West's postmodern culture, where people have come to doubt the idea of objective truth, the preacher still serves to herald God's enduring truth. Author Rick Harrington builds upon his service as a senior pastor, his doctoral study of preaching, and his exposure to multiple cultures to fashion a guide valuable to younger lay leaders, seminarians, and pastors alike, as well as for Christians engaged in the serious exploration of preaching. Speaking primarily to readers in the Reformed and Baptist traditions, The Weight of Preaching offers an approach that falls within the boundaries of "The New Calvinism" This guide presents its theology of homiletics in three sections. The first, "Biblical and Theological Foundations Revisited" delves into the theology of preaching. Next, "Faithful Preaching in Practice" guides the reader through the practical steps for faithful preaching. Finally, "A Lay of the Cultural Landscape" surveys the diverse issues of contextualization that arise in a contemporary, pluralistic milieu. The Weight of Preaching seeks to lead you through the holy tasks of seeking to understand the Scriptures, grasping the message God reveals, and following your commission to herald the gospel of grace.
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Rick Harrington is a graduate of Trinity Evangelical Divinity School with a doctorate in preaching from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. He currently serves as the senior pastor of First Baptist Church in Haverhill, Massachusetts. He and his wife, Jessica, live with their two children, Isaac and Sophie, near the beach in Salisbury, Massachusetts.Review:
"Amid shelves full of how-to books about preaching, Rick Harrington's book stands out in its consideration of the fundamental why and what of preaching. His theme of the preacher as herald is worthy of much meditation, for it casts the preacher's authority, message, person, and effectiveness under the shadow of the gracious King. It is a refreshing and reinvigorating word to the messengers of the Lord."-Joel R. Beeke, President Puritan Reformed Theological SeminaryGrand Rapids, Michigan
"Rick Harrington has written an insightful book on preaching that is unified around the theme of the preacher as herald and preaching as heralding. Intended as a complement to (not a replacement for) homiletical textbooks, this is a welcome addition to our understanding of the theology of preaching. I heartily recommend it to all who care about the church or about preaching."-T. David Gordon, Professor of Religion and GreekGrove City CollegeGrove City, Pennsylvania
"Effective preachers should read at least one new book on preaching every year. If that is your custom then by all means read "The Weight of Preaching" this year."-Haddon RobinsonGordon-Conwell Theological Seminary
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