So Pastor, What’s Your Point?
On Sermon Preparation
So Pastor, What’s Your Point? This is the question a congregation member may have. “How do I get started? How do I put a sermon together?” These are questions many students of preaching have.
The sermon preparation procedure introduced in this volume answers these and many other questions. You’ll learn to determine the main point of your text, the truth of God. You’ll see the importance of a solid and succinct sermon point applying God’s truth. You’ll grasp how your outline should unfold your text and lead both you and the congregation into the application of God’s truth. You’ll understand how a solid sermon point and sequential outline give focus, unity, and purpose to your explanations, illustrations, applications, and transitions. You’ll learn to introduce God’s truth distilled from your text and applied in your sermon and then to clinch this point in your conclusion. You’ll learn that force in preaching is born of solid preparation, passion, body language, and eye contact. In addition, you can begin to discern God’s active application of His covenant Word to His covenant people. The vital principles taught here are also invaluable to those who teach God’s Word in various venues.
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Dr. T. David Gordon on
“So Pastor, What’s Your Point?”
Prutow’ s volume will serve very well in either of two capacities: as a seminary text on homiletics, or as a refresher for those who have been preaching for a number of years, and have perhaps forgotten the reasons for the homiletical habits they have adopted. Among the many fine qualities of this very thorough and judicious book are these:
- A thorough appreciation of the contributions ofhomileticians both of the past and the present;
- An awareness of the distinctive charactistics of orality and oral culture, especially via the work of the late Dr. Walter J. Ong;
- Genre-specific counsel on sermon preparation from OT and NT narratives, prophetic literature and apocalyptic literature;
- Many succinct, practical directions that themselves grow out of a serious theology of preaching.
I will be very surprised if this does not become a widely-read and sincerely-treasured book that
can only have a very salutary influence on the church in the third millenium.
Dr. T. David Gordon
Professor of Religion and Greek,
Grove City College
C. Robert Keenan III on “So Pastor, What’s Your Point?”
Thank you for publishing the book by Dennis J. Prutow entitled, “So, Pastor, What’s Your Point?”
Full disclosure: I have known Dr. Prutow not just from his teaching at the Reformed Presbyterian Theological Seminary, but also as an occasional preacher at my church here in Pittsburgh. I have benefited from his teaching and counsel, especially during a recent stretch in which I taught an adult class on the Westminster Shorter Catechism. So I was not biased when I picked up a copy of this book at the Seminary where Dr. Prutow teaches.
Now that I have completed the book, rereading it in multiple places, I want to commend the Alliance not just for offering a valuable work for pastors, preachers, and teachers. The book also offers a solid Scriptural foundation for lay students like me.
But please let me tell you another significant advantage of this book, and the reason why it sits on my bookshelf here at work rather than in my library at home.
The reason I keep Dr. Prutow’s book here is that I am a trial lawyer, and the meat and potatoes of my work consists of persuading judges, juries, opposing counsel, clients, and others, and I found this book to be a definite plus for my practice.
Indeed, reading a recent biography of Patrick Henry along with Dr. Prutow’s book, I was struck by the similarities in background, preparation, delivery, and substance when comparing my fellow lawyer, Henry, with my friend and Seminary Professor, Prutow.
Moreover, I am adding this book to the list of “non-lawyer” works I recommend to law students at two local law schools here whom I teach as part of their participation in the student chapters of the Christian Legal Society. Generally, I do not recommend “non-lawyer” books to law students who are already swamped with reading, although I have included “non-lawyer” works on logic, rhetoric, and writing. Oddly, I have not yet had the advantage of recommending to law students a “non-lawyer” work involving the power of persuasion, and Dr. Prutow’s book is what I’m going to include on the list of necessary books for lawyers who intend to have any trial practice at all, alongside some familiar and important “lawyer books” which I will continue to recommend.
In any event, I certainly found So Pastor, What’s Your Point? to have been valuable and an important boost for my own law practice. On a more personal note, I found myself calling out quotes from this book to my wife,
my colleagues, and anyone else fortunate or unfortunate enough to be near me when I was reading the book.
So again, many thanks for bringing this fine book to publication.