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Folly, Grace and Power:The Mysterious Act of Preaching

October 2, 2012

Folly, Grace and Power by John Koessler (Zondervan, 2011) is 139 pages of inspiration and encouragement for the act of preaching. This book will not teach you how to preach like Hadden Robbins’s Biblical preaching but will provide the aspiring or seasoned preacher the context from which to understand and practice the proclamation of God’s Word. The book is full of quotations that are rich and multilevel. In Chapter 6 titled Word and Sermon Koessler records, ” George Orwell believed there is a relationship between the quality of one’s ideas and the quality of the language used to express them. Poor thinking leads to poor language, which intern fosters even poorer thinking. Our language ‘becomes ugly and inaccurate because our thoughts are foolish, but the slovenliness of our language makes it easier to have foolish thoughts’.” that single short paragraph has given me food for thought and reflection for the past week. The book also overflows with stories. My favorite of these opens chapter 10 The End of Preaching and concerns Helmut Thielicke and his preaching during World War 2. It is my contention that every communicator of God’s Truth read a book on preaching at least once a year to frame a posture for preaching, you can do no better than this book this year!

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