A really enjoyable book. It is lucid, free from technical jargon, and fairly bristles with enthusiasm. From the start John Stott deals with the history of preaching which is truly fascinating. The book races along at terrific speed and I was carried along on waves of brilliance and enthusiasm. He comes down firmly on the authority of the Bible as the Word of God; that we must not seek to impose our ideas upon the text; and that systematic exposition of Scripture is the ideal way of preaching.
It was helpful to find him using modern preachers as examples, as well as preachers of the 19th century, and preachers like Chrysostom from the 4th century. He cites Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones again and again and the great Baptist preacher Charles Haddon Spurgeon. And it is interesting to see that he not only quotes Spurgeon for his great preaching ability, but also refers to the masterly skill and good sense he displays in his book 'Lectures to my Students.'
Stott reveals upon nearly every page his tremendous depth of reading - he quotes from a vast range of preachers throughout the centuries. He believes strongly in the use of the mind, but just as strongly in the need of the Holy Spirit. I found most sections a great help but the first four really stood out for me, and the 'Theological Foundations for Preaching' was like honey to the taste - really sweet!
I couldn't find any real cause for criticism, though I did find his mention of dance as method of worship rather strange, even though it is used by many churches today. And although many Christians attend plays and films, I couldn't understand Stott's recommendation that Christians attend on a regular basis. However, these are minor points, and I regard the book as outstanding. Stott has done much for the cause of Christ through his faithful adherence to the Word of God - and by his belief in preaching...Continua