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Jerry Vines (B. A. Mercer University. Th.D., Luther Rice Seminary) retired as pastor of First Baptist Church in Jacksonville, Florida in 2006, where he served for forty years. He served two terms as president of the Southern Baptist Convention Jerry is author of a number of books including Power in show more the Pulpit. How to Prepare and Deliver Expository Sermons and A Practical Guide to Sermon Preparation. He and his wife, Janet have four adult children and five grandchildren. Adam B. Dooley serves as the senior pastor of Sunnyvale First Baptist Church on the northeast side of Dallas. He is a two-time graduate of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, where he has also served as an adjunct professor. He is married to Heather, and they have three sons and one daughter. show less

Works by Jerry Vines

"I shall return" - Jesus (1977) 60 copies
Exploring 1 2 3 John (1989) 56 copies
Interviews with Jesus (1981) 30 copies
Fire in the pulpit (1977) 29 copies
Vines: My Life and Ministry (2014) 24 copies
Wanted Soul Winners (1989) 21 copies
Wanted: Church Growers (1990) 20 copies
Acts Alive 11 copies
A Baptist and his Bible (1987) 9 copies
Family followship (1976) 8 copies
Witnesses Alive (1991) 5 copies
The Spirit Book (2010) 2 copies
Believe God for a Miracle (1987) 2 copies
This Old Chest Talks! (1990) 2 copies
Spirit Works 1 copy

Associated Works

Whosoever Will: A Biblical-Theological Critique of Five-Point Calvinism (2010) — Contributor; Author, some editions — 182 copies


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Given to Matthew Hayes - 05/10/2023
revbill1961 | 1 other review | May 10, 2023 |
This book is one of the most useful guides to effective sermon delivery you'll find anywhere. Learn the mechanical, mental, rhetorical, psychological, and spiritual aspects of sermon delivery in this one volume and watch your preaching improve.
phoovermt | 1 other review | Apr 10, 2023 |
lengthy read, but technically beneficial.
Hany.Abdelmalek | 3 other reviews | Sep 16, 2020 |
The cover alone of Jerry Vines and Jim Shaddix’s book, Power in the Pulpit thrilled me with their subtitle stating, “How to Prepare and Deliver Expository Sermons.” However, my enthusiasm was dampened a bit by its delayed arrival which forced me to rush through the material instead of taking the time to mark it up, reflect, and chew through some of Vines and Shaddix’s timeless work. Nevertheless, it has afforded enough time to share an overall synopsis of their work and offer my interactions with their material.

Book Synopsis
Power in the Pulpit provides helps for those tasked with weekly preaching on the preparation, process, and presentation of their sermons. A weighty task few take lightly, but Vines and Shaddix set out to “reduce the frustration and increase the fulfillment,” of those charged with doing so whether they are students like me or veteran preachers. The authors bring a wealth of experience to the table from which pastors can glean much practical wisdom.

In one sense Power in the Pulpit is a critique against those that might think preaching is little more than entering the pulpit and praying the Holy Spirit will fill our mouth with the words to say. No, the authors suggest the call to preach is just as much a call to prepare, as his introduction indicates, and this book is a guidebook or manual for what is a lifetime call to prepare sermon after sermon.

The authors seek to do so by organizing the content in three parts, along with appendixes offering four practical bits of help from how to structure the sermons to breathing exercises. The three primary parts of the book are split between the preparation, the process, and the presentation of expositions of Scripture. Each part therein has between three or five chapters teaching each part of preaching. Each chapter is, to some degree, written like a sermon on each topic with two to six sub-points, some even being alliterated! Finally, but selfishly, as a lover of quotes, each chapter begins with a quote to set the tone for the material to be covered.

Personal Interaction
Some of the most helpful content I find in Power in the Pulpit is how they define expository sermons. There are many different definitions, but the one Vines and Shaddix promote in their book on page 32 is to go “through books of the Bible—chapter by chapter and paragraph by paragraph—in a systematic fashion,” which goes against “general exposition,” where one seeks to “tie various texts together in a series” and “are not necessarily consecutive Bible passages,” as they differentiate on page 31. While they do not state this is necessarily wrong, they do state the better option is “systematic exposition,” which I previously defined. I find this helpful because while I have been in ministry for over 15 years, I have not had the tools, definitions, or parameters this books gives and have therefore simply started with a book and worked my way through the texts the best I could. Therefore, this it is encouraging, perhaps, because my past 15 years have not been wasted, and have perhaps even been done mostly right!

Chapter six, on “Designing the Structure,” coupled with their appendix offering, even more, helps therein, is also timely for this “novice” preacher of God’s Word. As I’ve stated, my approach has been merely to pick a book, work my way through it verse by verse, complete it, and begin another. I did not have any sort of structure or template to go by, so chapter six was exceedingly helpful, especially with how it breaks down into the structure’s various “phases.”

I feel like I have always appropriately exegeted the text, but have not always had a structure to serve it. Therefore, chapters like this will prove exceedingly helpful now and in the future. This is by far the most important section of the book review.

At first glance, I did not think I would come to appreciate chapter ten on “Playing the Voice” because I was afraid I was about to read how to perform or even act as a preacher. And while it certainly has some of those tones, the content proves to be more than mere acting, and more on the importance of the “marvelous instrument with which [we] may convey [God’s] Word to men: the voice,” they write on page 263. From tips on relaxing, proper breathing, and even caring for one’s voice, this chapter teaches me the value and practicality of how will they hear without a preacher?

Finally, chapter eleven on connecting with our congregation likely proves itself to be the timeliest in its helpfulness. As I have shared, I have not had the training in preaching that would help with such, so I tend to rely on manuscripts and see how it is incredibly easy to be disconnected from my church if I do not heed their words on visualizing, vitalizing, and communicating the sermons I deliver. If I do not connect with my people, the authors ultimately suggest I am doing them a disservice and much can be lost in my delivery.

To summarize and conclude, Power in the Pulpit has been and will continue to be a helpful addition to my library. It is organized clearly enough to go back and “rehearse” and rehash some of the helps I have already found, especially if I find myself in an expositional rut down the road. It seems like Vines and Shaddix want nothing more than for pastors to be able to effectively use their limited time to do the most faithful preaching of the text, and I believe they have done so splendidly.
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matthenslee | 3 other reviews | Oct 17, 2017 |


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