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Choosing to Preach


Zondervan 2006

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With the landscape of ministry changing, preachers need a variety of tools to effectively communicate God’s truth to today’s listeners. Beginning with a strong call to keep preaching, this practical book presents and describes five different models for doing so, also relating each style to well-known contemporary preachers.

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.

Key Features

  • Discussion questions and practical exercises
  • Discerning your message from the Bible
  • Communication techniques
  • Contributions by John MacArthur, Rick Warren, Eugene Lowry, Rob Bell, and Kent Anderson


  • Part 1: Options
    1. Introduction: Preaching at a Crossroads
    2. First Option: Are You Going to Preach?
    3. Second Option: Are You Going to Preach the Bible?
    4. Third Option: How Will You Discern Your Message from the Bible?
    5. Fourth Option: How Will You Communicate the Message?
  • Part 2: Structures
    1. Make an Argument: The Declarative Sermon
    2. Solve a Mystery: The Pragmatic Sermon
    3. Tell a Story: The Narrative Sermon
    4. Paint a Picture: The Visionary Sermon
    5. Sing a Song: The Integrative Sermon
    6. Conclusion: A Tap on the Shoulder

Praise for the Print Edition

We have but one great truth to preach, but there are as many ways to preach it as there are preachers. In this important volume, Kenton Anderson teaches us to cherish two things: well-spoken truth, and our own glorious diversity.

—Calvin Miller, Beeson Divinity School

Choosing to Preach does for preachers what Baskin-Robbins does for kids. It shows us more options than we knew existed. And every one is delicious!

—Kent Edwards, Talbot School of Theology

Product Details

  • Title: Choosing to Preach: A Comprehensive Introduction to Sermon Options and Structures
  • Editor: Kenton C. Anderson
  • Publisher: Zondervan
  • Publication Date: 2006
  • Pages: 288

About Kenton C. Anderson

Kenton C. Anderson is dean of Northwest Baptist Seminary, and associate professor of homiletics of the Associated Canadian Theological Schools (ACTS) of Trinity Western University in Langley, British Columbia, Canada.

Sample Pages from the Print Edition