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Table Talk: Rethinking Communion and Community
For nearly two thousand years followers of Jesus have gathered in churches to eat a meal called Communion in his memory. In Table Talk, Mike Graves claims if we could travel back to those earliest Christian gatherings, we would realize we are not just two thousand years removed; we are light-years removed from how they ate when gathered because eating was why they gathered in the first place, a kind of first-century dinner party.  Purchase

The Story of Narrative Preaching: Experience and Exposition: A Narrative
The Story of Narrative Preaching is the story of seven students who are enrolled in Professor Freeman's preaching course. Once a new trend, narrative preaching is now older than most of them. As Professor Freeman notes, two things went wrong with narrative styles: over time the church became biblically and theologically illiterate, and the promised stress on experience didn't always measure up to the weight of the gospel. Readers are invited to sit in on the class, to reflect on the expositional nature of preaching and to experience the stories of some modern storytellers-Flannery O'Connor, Alice Walker, and others-to see what they might teach us about narratives of depth. In the end we discover what may be the most important word in preaching.   Purchase

The Fully Alive Preacher: Recovering from Homiletical Burnout
Mike Graves begins this book with the question "If preaching is intended to enliven the church, why is it killing so many ministers?" His answer? Because preaching has become divorced from the vitality and diversity of the preacher's daily life. He invites preachers to discover how preaching can be renewing rather than draining.
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The Sermon as Symphony: Preaching the Literary Forms of the New Testament
The Sermon as Symphony examines ten literary forms in the New Testament and illustrates their use in sample sermons from some of today's best-known preachers, among them Eugene Lowry, William Willimon, and Frederick Buechner.
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What is the Shape of Narrative Preaching?
The homiletical landscape is always changing, but what many thought might be a fad is still being discussed in the seminaries and practiced in many a pulpit. What's the Shape of Narrative Preaching? asks: What exactly is narrative preaching? What does it mean to be a narrative preacher? Is narrative preaching at odds with exposition? What are the biblical precedents for such an approach? What kinds of theology undergird narrative theory? What is the role of narrative preaching in a time of rampant biblical illiteracy? How does narrative preaching help to shape congregational life?
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Preaching Matthew: Interpretation and Proclamation
New Testament scholar David May and preaching professor Mike Graves combine to bring readers the "what" and the "how" of preaching the book of Matthew in what they call a "socio-rhetorical homiletic." The "what" refers to the interpretive work necessary for sermon preparation, while the "how" discusses the homiletical issues the various text-segments raise. Includes sample sermons.
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What's the Matter with Preaching Today?
The contributors to this book are a some of the best and most thoughtful preachers in the church and classroom today. In their essays, they assess the state of preaching today, identify a variety of issues that challenge effective preaching, and offer helpful suggestions for what can be done to improve preaching. In the process, they help to define what effective preaching is.
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Craddock Stories
One of the things that makes Fred Craddock's sermons so compelling is his masterful use of storytelling, but, until now, few of his stories have ever been published. This collection offers for the first time hundreds of Craddock stories told in his own words and a glimpse of his life.
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