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Preaching Like Paul:
Homiletical Wisdom for Today

James W. Thompson (Westminster John Knox, 2001)

Blurb Review by Dr. David Gibson


In contrast with the widely popular interest in narrative styles, Thompson shows that Paul's letters offer a different model for preaching today. He demonstrates how the manner of preaching used in the pre-Christian culture of Paul is valid and effective in our contemporary postmodern Christian culture. Unlike a lot of books on preaching, this volume focuses not on technique but on the goal of preaching - forming gospel-centred Christian communities who live in the light of the eschaton. This is a much needed missing component in contemporary homiletic discussion. The book concludes with Thompson's own attempts to preaching Paul's sermons after him; these are of varied usefulness but some are helpful.


Introduction: The Pauline Gospel in a Post-Christian Culture 
1. Paul as the Model for Preaching 
2. Paul's Evangelistic and Pastoral Preaching 
3. The Shape of Paul's Preaching 
4. What is Pastoral Preaching? 
5. Explaining Ourselves: Preaching and Theology 
6. Preaching as Remembering 
Conclusion: Reflections on Paul and the Preaching Ministry 
Appendix: Preaching Paul's Sermons after Him.

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