Application is an essential element of effective preaching, yet it is a topic not widely treated in the homiletical literature. One reason for this shortage is, perhaps, the relative difficulty of doing application well.

In his new book Applying the Sermon (Kregel), Daniel Overdorf seeks to fill that gap with a book that offers solid biblical insight and useful practical suggestions for preachers in this area of application. He argues that when it is properly done, application “allows the Word of God to speak” and allows that Word “to speak as explicitly and concretely today as it did originally.”

Overdorf provides an able treatment of his subject along with an interesting tool: a Sermon Application Worksheet that may find a place in the study of many a preacher in the years ahead.

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Michael Duduit is the founding publisher and editor of Preaching magazine. He is also the founding Dean of the new College of Christian Studies and Professor of Christian Ministry at Anderson University in Anderson, South Carolina. Michael is author and editor of several books, including the Handbook of Contemporary Preaching (Broadman & Holman Press), Joy in Ministry (Baker Books), Preaching With Power (Baker) and Communicate With Power (Baker). From 1996 until 2000 he served as editor of the Abingdon Preaching Annual series. His email newsletter, PreachingNow, is read each week by more than 40,000 pastors and church leaders in the U.S. and around the world. He is founder and director of the National Conference on Preaching and the International Congress on Preaching, which has been held in 1997 at Westminster Chapel in London, 2002 at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, and 2007at Cambridge. He has been a pastor and associate pastor, has served a number of churches as interim pastor, and speaks regularly for churches, colleges and conferences.

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