Shaping the Claim
Marvin A. McMickle, Fortress Press, 2008. Paper, 86 pages.

Marvin McMickle is an effective preacher and frequent writer for Preaching magazine. In his newest book, he talks about developing the “sermonic claim” (what others might call the central idea, proposition, or Big Idea) and how to move from the biblical text to that key concept.

The sermonic claim, he explains, is a “clear, compelling, biblically-centered and contextually relevant claim that sets some aspect of God’s will and God’s Word before some specific segment of God’s people. This is done with the hope that those people will be challenged, informed, corrected or encouraged as a result of the Word set before them that day.

After a discussion of various models for planning the preaching calendar, he discusses how to identify the claim for a specific sermon, then explains the exegetical process for studying the passage and clarifying the one-sentence claim for the message. He talks about taking and holding the attention of the listeners, then moving them toward a response.

McMickle offers helpful insights for preachers drawn from years of experience as a pastor and teacher of preachers. Readers will benefit from this brief analysis of the preaching craft.

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About The Author

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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Marvin McMickle is a frequent contributor to Preaching, and his newest book, Shaping the Claim (Fortress), is a valuable resource for pastors. McMickle discusses how the sermon’s claim – the core message – speaks to listeners at the levels of intellect, conviction and response. He offers useful insights into the development of messages that will impact hearers.

 

 

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About The Author

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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In Shaping the Claim (Fortress), pastor Marvin McMickle–a frequent contributor to this publication–talks about developing the “sermonic claim” (what others might call the central idea, proposition, or Big Idea) and moving from the biblical text to that key concept. McMickle offers helpful insights for preachers drawn from years of experience as a pastor and teacher of preachers.

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About The Author

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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