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Biblical Preaching: The Development and Delivery of Expository Messages, 2nd ed.

ISBN: 9781441254337

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Haddon Robinson wrote Biblical Preaching twenty-seven years ago. It has become a modern classic on the preparation and delivery of expository sermons. Much has changed, however, since it was first published, so Robinson has undertaken the task of updating his work to benefit a new generation of preachers who will speak to a markedly different world. While retaining its original outline and Robinson's ten-stage process of sermon development, this new edition offers significant improvements. Many of the illustrations and arguments have been updated, the prose has been changed to gender-inclusive language, each chapter is enhanced with suggestions for further study, and the discussions of narrative and inductive preaching have been expanded.

Top Highlights

“A sermon should be a bullet, not buckshot. Ideally each sermon is the explanation, interpretation, or application of a single dominant idea supported by other ideas, all drawn from one passage or several passages of Scripture.” (Page 35)

“Sermons seldom fail because they have too many ideas; more often they fail because they deal with too many unrelated ideas.” (Page 35)

“When we make any declarative statement, we can do only four things with it: we can restate it, explain it, prove it, or apply it. Nothing else.” (Page 75)

“When reduced to its basic structure, an idea consists of only two essential elements: a subject and a complement.” (Page 41)

“Yet when they fail to preach the Scriptures, they abandon their authority.” (Page 20)

Robinson's book offers a bracing and yet enjoyable whirlwind tour of homiletical theory. If you are looking for a book to challenge you and to enrich how you go about the privileged work of preaching the gospel, this book won't disappoint. . . . Biblical Preaching can be a helpful resource in polishing some of the most basic homiletical skills that we place into the service of the proclamation of the gospel.

—Richard Gurgel, Wisconsin Lutheran Quarterly

The homiletics primer of choice for over 100 seminaries and Bible colleges is now, finally, in its second edition. . . . Robinson's book is an excellent primer, the one I recommend and use. The second edition is even better than the first. Robinson has thought himself clear on the mysterious process of birthing a sermon. Novices can cut their eye teeth on this book, and seasoned preachers will see in black and white what they have done intuitively for years. The ten methodical stages with their examples and exercises make the art of preaching accessible. . . . If you've read the first edition, read the second. Some light bulbs may turn on for you. If you haven't read the first, jump straight to the second, and see why more than 200,000 copies of this book are in print.

—Jeffrey Arthurs, Journal of the Evangelical Homiletics Society

Biblical Preaching brims with homiletic wisdom from a master of the art. Robinson not only shares insight about exegeting passages for preaching, he also provides many strategies on how to communicate scripture in the beneficial manners. . . . Whether a preacher is a neophyte or a seasoned veteran, this homiletical handbook rewards its readers thirty- and sixty- or even a hundredfold.

The Clergy Journal

One of the most significant releases of the year is the second edition of Haddon Robinson’s Biblical Preaching. Robinson’s volume has become a standard text of expository preaching at evangelical colleges and seminaries, and the second edition has been eagerly awaited. While retaining the solid content of the first edition, Robinson has also provided helpful updates which relate to the changing homiletical scene of the last two decades. The new edition is sure to guarantee Biblical Preaching its place in homiletical libraries for another generation.


Robinson’s sermonic method is remarkably complete….The exercises at chapter ends should prove helpful to homiletical teachers as well as those who would like to refresh themselves in the basics. Biblical Preaching will be a welcome addition to many pastors’ libraries.

Christianity Today

  • Title: Biblical Preaching: The Development and Delivery of Expository Messages, Second Edition
  • Author: Haddon Robinson
  • Publisher: Baker Academic
  • Publication Date: 2001
  • Pages: 256

Haddon Robinson is the Harold John Ockenga Distinguished Professor of Preaching and President at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. He received his ThM from Dallas Theological Seminary, an MA from Southern Methodist University, and a PhD from the University of Illinois. Robinson served as director of the Dallas Youth for Christ (1952–55), associate pastor of the First Baptist Church in Medford, Oregon (1956–58), and an instructor of speech at the University of Illinois (1960–62). He was president of Denver Conservative Baptist Seminary and taught homiletics at Dallas Theological Seminary for 19 years. Robinson has done extensive work in radio and television, serving as one of the hosts for Discover the Word, a daily radio program in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He is the author of What Jesus Said About Successful Living.


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  1. Dario Oliveira de Matos
    Link to the current edition: https://www.logos.com/product/52527/biblical-preaching-the-development-and-delivery-of-expository-messages-3rd-ed
  2. Louis Zachary

    Louis Zachary


  3. Denver Race

    Denver Race


  4. Rev. Gilson da Silva
  5. Greg Wilson

    Greg Wilson


  6. Wim Evers

    Wim Evers


    An extremely good book for beginning and advanced preachers. Has helped me a lot to think about the content for the message.
  7. Rev. Dr. Courtney O Lackard
  8. Rusty Davidson
  9. Jonathan Sine

    Jonathan Sine


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