Publication date: 6-27-2016
Imprint: Kregel Ministry
Who is the author?
Benjamin H. Walton (D.Min., Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary) is president of PreachingWorks, an organization dedicated to helping pastors maximize their preaching potential. A respected homiletician and former pastor, Ben has taught or lectured at several colleges and seminaries. His work centers on the fusion of biblical interpretation and communication for the purpose of excellent preaching.
When we read the Old Testament, we feel in unfamiliar territory. Imagine you have to preach about some portion of the Old Testament, many questions come to mind.
This book helps us to approach the Old Testament in a fresh and profound way. Walton, helps us not only to read O. T. more clearly, but also helps us to expose the word of God with authority.
What is this book about?
As the name implies, the book focuses on orienting the reader to be able to preach or teach in Old Testament texts. The book is divided into two parts:
Part I: Discovert the Message
This part of the book contains 3 chapters, in which the author introduces the fundamental aspects for the reading and structuring of the sermon. He offers five steps for the sermon, which includes the unity of thought and theological analysis of each scene in the narrative.
Part II: Deliver the Message
The most extensive part of the book, ten chapters in which Walton shown us how to elaborate the introduction of our sermon, how to give applications of the sermon. These ten chapters will help us to preach in a narrative way.
My personal opinion
This is a book that every teacher or preacher should have, to expose clearly and efficiently the Old Testament message. Walton in the last chapters shows us that the Old Testament narratives are mostly related to Christ.
Thanks to Kregel for kindly providing me with a review copy of this book.