"I would not be who I am and I would not be doing what I do if it were not for God's grace toward me through the reading and applying of this book." —David Platt.
It's still used in Bible schools and seminaries today, and it shows no signs of slowing down: Power in the Pulpit is an ideal introduction to preaching.
Dr. Jerry Vines and Dr. Jim Shaddix have achieved a balanced approach to sermon preparation in Power in the Pulpit. This primer combines the perspective of a pastor of forty years with that of someone who devotes daily time to training pastors in the context of theological education. It offers practical preaching instruction from a tradition that sees biblical exposition as a paramount and frequent event in the life of the local church.
Power in the Pulpit is the combined work of Dr. Vines's two earlier publications on preaching: A Practical Guide to Sermon Preparation (Moody Publishers, 1985) and A Guide to Effective Sermon Delivery (Moody Publishers, 1986). Dr. Shaddix carefully organized and supplemented the material to offer this useful resource that closes the gap between classroom theory and what a pastor actually experiences in his weekly sermon preparation.
This book is an encyclopedia of practical and useful material for the serious preacher, but it reads like a fireside chat. Whether you're in your first church or a seasoned preacher, you'll find both information and inspiration in its pages, the biblical "how" and "why" of effective pulpit ministry. You'll enjoy reading the book and I predict you'll refer to it often.
-Warren W. Wiersbe, Distinguished Professor of Preaching, Grand Rapids Baptist Seminary
The criticisms I hear about expository preaching are in reality criticisms about "boring preaching." The greatest preaching in the earth is still captivating, prophetic, invigorating, Christ-honoring exposition. Vines and Shaddix tell you how to do that in a way that will win the lost and revive the saints. If you preach, do not miss this book.
-Paige Patterson, Former President, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, Wake Forest, North Carolina