While the goal of the preacher is the same as it ever was, with each new generation comes unique challenges and opportunities for those who deliver God’s message. Preaching Essentials: A Practical Guide offers new and seasoned preachers a comprehensive, practical perspective on preaching to a new generation. Lenny Luchetti brings fresh insights—like how to use story, imagination, and mind-mapping—and suggests new habits that can reenergize preaching.
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Lenny preaches and lives the power of the gospel. Now he shares how preachers can continue to grow in their preaching skills within the rhythm of ministry. I’ll open Preaching Essentials each time I prepare a message, so that I can continue my development as a messenger even as I plan my messages. The frequency of preaching threatens its freshness; Lenny’s breadth of insights provides practical inspiration that will restore it!
—Wayne Schmidt, vice president, Wesley Seminary
Lenny Luchetti is right to say that preaching is an organic art, more like painting a landscape than mixing a chemistry formula. In this book, Luchetti has given the church a practical, accessible, and useful guide to the essentials of the preaching life, the life of a skilled and devoted artist. It is a worshipful art Lenny Luchetti still loves to learn, even as he teaches.
—Dave Ward, associate professor of religion, Indiana Wesleyan University