Preaching through individual books can be great way to open up scripture in a deep and meaningful way for congregations. My problem with it is the way it is so often done, with the focus being on the shorter books (epistles, minor prophets especially) to the neglect of the gospels, which is surely where we should be looking for inspiration to follow Jesus.
As for the Dictionary of Jesus and the Gospels, the first edition has been a tremendous resource and I'm glad to hear there is a new edition out - though I don't I shall be rushing to buy it at the price (unless a kind benefactor appears)!Revsimmy: on Alpha to Omega: The Jesus Dictionary
Thanks for your comment. I totally agree that this can be very helpful way to preach. There are problems if it is the only way we preach though. We can sometimes miss the wood for the trees and not help people to capture the grand sweep of scripture or to do the systematic worldview creation piece. I am a big fan of sequential expository preaching but it is by no means the only way to preach - for example it is hard to find any hint of anyone actually using this method to preach on the Old Testament in the New Testament.krishkandiah: on Alpha to Omega: The Jesus Dictionary
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