Saving Eutychus: How to Preach God's Word and Keep People



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    This book s title includes the byline How to preach God s Word and keep people awake At the risk of sounding arrogant I will say that I don t struggle with either But I know many preacher s do If you are one of those preachers that know that your preaching has a tendency to lull the sheep instead of feeding them, then I recommend this book.It s a good book Not a great one I liked it and found some helpful suggestions However, the main premise of the book was that preaching from a sermon This book s title includes the byline How to preach God s Word and keep people awake At the risk of sounding arrogant I will say that I don t struggle with either But I know many preacher s do If you are one of those preachers that know that your preaching has a tendency to lull the sheep instead of feeding them, then I recommend this book.It s a good book Not a great one I liked it and found some helpful suggestions However, the main premise of the book was that preaching from a sermon manuscript not an outline was the best way to improve one s preaching Now, the authors do a good job explaining how to preach from a script instead of a skeletal outline, but there is no way I could do that I prefer to do a mixture of extemporaneous preaching from an outline and using some word for word scripted sentences when a difficult or confusing subject requires precision.So for those preachers who struggle with keeping their people awake read this book But honestly, if you re a new preacher and would like to learn how to preach well, I suggest you teach an elementary age Sunday school class for boys Do this for a couple years If you can learn to keep them interested, then you will come close to mastering the fundamental basics of homiletics


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    Though Millar and Campbell belong to a school of preaching that isconversational than I am used to, I still appreciated this book very much There are gems here for anyone who cares about getting through.


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    Even though I am not a preacher, I do like to share my faith and God s word in a meaningful way that will encourage others to desire a relationship with Jesus Christ How do we do that Do I have to go to seminary school Do I even have to be a gifted speaker teacher Even though this book is designed for preachers, I received some sound encouragement from this study What entails good preaching and how preaching can change the heart It does take prayer and preparation Change only happens when Even though I am not a preacher, I do like to share my faith and God s word in a meaningful way that will encourage others to desire a relationship with Jesus Christ How do we do that Do I have to go to seminary school Do I even have to be a gifted speaker teacher Even though this book is designed for preachers, I received some sound encouragement from this study What entails good preaching and how preaching can change the heart It does take prayer and preparation Change only happens when the bible itself controls and defines the message we hear and speak To share, we need to work at it constantly, developing our ability to understand, to teach and apply the scripture Understanding the Old Testament and how it applies to the new testament can make the scripture comealive So many think the God of the Old Testament is different from the New Testament because of failure to show how the old is part of the new With our delivery tone of voice, bringing the scripture to how it applies in my life now, and making the point of the Gospel , we can preach the word of God without needing a pulpit This is a great tool to come back to and apply over and over again.A complimentary review copy was provided to me by Cross Focused Reviews A Service of Cross Focused Media, LLC I was not required to write a positive review The opinions I have expressed are my own


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    As someone who has grown up in the church and has never had the courage to preach while also feeling a sense of calling to do so at some level, and as someone who was given this book by my pastor as I prepare to preach my first sermon, I can honestly say there are so many gold nuggets of wisdom in these pages Right from the outset I was hooked, and both Millar and Campbell did well to inject enough humor and real life alongside the invaluable tips and advice to keep me interested the whole w As someone who has grown up in the church and has never had the courage to preach while also feeling a sense of calling to do so at some level, and as someone who was given this book by my pastor as I prepare to preach my first sermon, I can honestly say there are so many gold nuggets of wisdom in these pages Right from the outset I was hooked, and both Millar and Campbell did well to inject enough humor and real life alongside the invaluable tips and advice to keep me interested the whole way through, which I suppose isn t surprising since the book is about how to preach and keep people awake Perhaps the most helpful things for me were the strong cal to prayer at the beginning of the book, Phil s top ten list of things to remember when preparing a sermon and the example sermons and feedback forms from both preachers at the end of the book.This is the kind of book I m sure I will need to read multiple times in order to mine all the useful advice, instruction and tips from, and it is certainly the kind of book I d recommend to anyone who currently preaches or who is preparing to begin preaching


  5. says:

    Excellent book on preaching Easy to read, biblical, practical, and Christ focused.


  6. says:

    This is a faithful and practical look at the strengths of expository preaching Pray, locate the big idea, preach redemptive historical, and be clear and concise.


  7. says:

    Very helpful, particularly the chapter on variance of tone and pitch.


  8. says:

    A breezy read with lots of practical advice on how to preachclearly It helped me Recommended.


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    Acts 20 has an interesting story along Paul s route back to Jerusalem In the city of Troas, Paul preaches and preaches And preaches And preaches someSomewhere in the midst of the last night, a young man named Eutychus falls out of the window to his death That would have been a bad night except the Holy Spirit enabled Paul to raise Eutychus from the dead.And then go back to preaching.Saving Eutychus takes its title from this story, but this book is not about the resurrection of the dea Acts 20 has an interesting story along Paul s route back to Jerusalem In the city of Troas, Paul preaches and preaches And preaches And preaches someSomewhere in the midst of the last night, a young man named Eutychus falls out of the window to his death That would have been a bad night except the Holy Spirit enabled Paul to raise Eutychus from the dead.And then go back to preaching.Saving Eutychus takes its title from this story, but this book is not about the resurrection of the dead Neither is it a CPR manual for those we bore to death on a Sunday to Sunday basis Instead, this is a preventative medicine book Saving Eutychus is about keeping him from dropping dead in the first place.In all honesty, Saving Eutychus is a tightly targeted book If you are not involved in the proclamation and presentation of Biblical truth, this is not going to be of much use to you If, however, you are involved in teaching or preaching, you are in the target audience here There is some benefit for those who study rhetoric, but we are talking a pretty specialized book here.Gary Millar and Phil Campbell co author Saving Eutychus These authors have experience in teaching, in preaching, and in teaching preaching Their work presents an approach to preaching that differs from some current American written texts on the subject Instead, they reflect their Irish and Australian backgrounds Well, I assume so I don t know if I should judge all of Ireland and Australia based on these two men.However, on to content After all, we re not interviewing Millar and Campbell We re reading their book Counting the appendices, Saving Eutychus comes in at 168 pages Having been printed with footnotes, those 168 pages are certainly better than the same 168 pages with endnotes.Then, we must look at what Millar and Campbell hope to communicate Saving Eutychus is subtitled How to preach God s word and keep people awake This is the two pronged attack the sermon should be based in God s Word the sermon should keep people awake.I found Saving Eutychus effective in communicating the need for clarity in preaching Additionally, the authors point out how text centered preaching will result in a similarity of messages, and how this is not a bad thing in itself I was surprised to see a personal story that came across as critical of Bill Hybels, but it is placed strictly in the context of ensuring our preaching is about the text, not about common sense.Having read three books on preaching in the last year, Saving Eutychus was truly the most practical of them A major reason is that, while Millar and Campbell briefly address Biblical interpretation, this book focuses on the development and delivery of the sermon It is presented with an underlying assumption that you can study the text and comprehend major ideas from it I liked the inclusion of sample sermons and critiques of those sermons Further, the website at www.savingeutychus.com has the videos of these as well Also in the appendix one finds blank sermon critique forms, though these can also be downloaded at the same website.At the present time, if I had the opportunity to have a preaching study group, I would start with Saving Eutychus.Now a word not being up to date with Australian Evangelicals or Irish ones living in Australia , I know nothing about the day to day ministries of Millar and Campbell They may or may not be nice people I know of a few very good books from American preachers who I would neither attend nor recommend attending their churches That s one advantage I see in this book, generally there is no baggage to recommending Millar and Campbell Read their book Be a better preacher Keep people awake, both physically and spiritually.And watch God work I had already bought this book before I received a free copy to review, so there s no conflict of interest here


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    This book might win title of the year since it immediately grabbed my attention with how different it was compared to other books currently being published After grabbing me with such a unique title, the authors kept me hooked with their wise, and practical, insight on how to preach a sermon that is both attention grabbing and doctrinally sound Both Gary and Phil Campbell shared their own personal struggles with preaching sermons that were definitely on the mark doctrinally speaking, but t This book might win title of the year since it immediately grabbed my attention with how different it was compared to other books currently being published After grabbing me with such a unique title, the authors kept me hooked with their wise, and practical, insight on how to preach a sermon that is both attention grabbing and doctrinally sound Both Gary and Phil Campbell shared their own personal struggles with preaching sermons that were definitely on the mark doctrinally speaking, but the way in which they were delivered to their respective congregations only resulted in members who started counting the bricks on the wall behind the Pastors or some members pulling a Eutychus and falling asleep during the preaching but thankfully not falling to their deaths There was so much practical wisdom packed into such a relatively small book I absolutely loved the last chapter which was a practical how to where Phil walks us through how he built his most recent sermon before the book was published on Acts 8 Not only did he show us how he got to the big idea of the text, but he was also kind enough to put into print how the text was actually preached and he gave side notes on why he preached what he did when he did.All in all, this book was an excellent read and one that I know I will be referencing again and one that I will be recommending to my friends in the ministry.Thanks to Cross Focused Reviews for a free copy of this book, Saving Eutychus How to Preach God s Word and Keep People Awake, by Gary Millar and Phil Campbell, in exchange for a fair and unbiased review


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