My friend and co-author Leonard Sweet has just come out with a masterful textbook for all who minister God’s word. It’s wonderfully titled, Giving Blood: A Fresh Paradigm for Preaching.
If you are someone who preaches, teaches, or is in engaged in spoken ministry of any kind, you will benefit from this book.
As I told Len after the publisher sent a copy to me, the book is gorgeous inside and out. And it highlights two points I’ve pushed hard on over the last two decades.
1. Preaching is designed to reveal and glorify Jesus Christ. I call it unveiling Christ.
2. The cut-and-paste approach to reading, studying, and preaching the Bible is one of the reasons why the Christian faith is in the mess it’s in. Few believers know how to read the Scriptures narratively. We need to learn how to find The Story when we read the Bible.
Sweet makes these two points . . . and more . . . in a compelling way.