Saving Eutychus: How to Preach God's Word and Keep People Awake

Saving Eutychus: How to Preach God's Word and Keep People Awake
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Millar, Gary; Campbell, Phil

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Poor Eutychus might have tumbled off his perch in Acts 20, but it's humbling to notice that what took Paul many hours of preaching to achieve—near-fatal napping in one of his listeners—takes most preachers only a few minutes on a Sunday.

Saving Eutychus will help you save your listeners from such a fate. Written by an Aussie and an Irishman with very different styles who share a passion for preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ. Saving Eutychus delivers fresh, honest, faithful and practical insights into preaching the whole word of God, Sunday by Sunday, in an engaging way. This book is a practical distillation of decades of thinking, writing, preaching, failing, humbly praying and seeing God at work, and is an invaluable tool for honing your own gifts to become the best preacher you can be.

Includes sermons and mutual critique from each author, a sermon critique sheet, and practical tips and helpful diagrams.

Book Details

172 Pages
Publisher: Matthias Media USA
Publication Date: April 2013
ISBN 10: 1922206253
ISBN 13: 9781922206251

“How many superlatives can I put together to say that this is a great book? From their very practical instruction (how and why to practice the discipline of "natural scripting") to their commitment to preaching the gospel from every text, the authors make you want to get up and start right away on your next sermon: praying, practicing clarity, preaching Christ.”
- Stephen Lewis, Westminster Bookstore Staff, 2013

“I have read books on how to make sure your sermon is interesting, and I have read books on how to make sure your sermon is faithful to the text, but this book wants your sermon to be both. If I could, I would make this little book mandatory reading for seminarians everywhere, and then urge them to read it a couple more times during the course of their ministry. It avoids cutesy and manipulative suggestions, and makes its practical points while urging integrity, faithfulness, and imagination. Many books on preaching are published every year; this one is a "must.”
- D. A. Carson, Research Professor of New Testament, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School

“Some writing so solemnly exalts the task of preaching, or so heavily complicates the method, it depresses and discourages ordinary mortals like me into thinking we can never really do it and should just give up. Since most preachers feel that every Sunday night anyway, such books don't really help the cause! This one does. I like it because it is short, (lighthearted but not lightweight), very human, and very much to the point. I am involved in training preachers, but I still have plenty to learn. I am very grateful for a resource that will both help me, and help me in helping others—with enjoyment, encouragement and some fun along the way!”
- William JU Philip, Senior Minister, The Tron Church, Glasgow

“This book teems with ‘plusses’: it is short (as a tome that takes Eutychus as its poster boy must be); it is stretching (the authors force one to deal with longer texts—and leave one asking, “Why can’t I summarize extended passages like that?”); it is specific (they include actual sermons with critique); it is searching (in case you skip the first chapter, ‘pray’ occurs eight times in the conclusion); and stirring (you still want to preach when you’ve finished reading). If you don’t buy the book, don’t cry if Eutychus isn’t saved!”
- Dale Ralph Davis, Bible expositor and author

“The late Klaas Runia entitled his Moore College lectures of 1980 The Sermon Under Attack. The only thing new about the current attack on expository preaching is that which it nominates to be its substitute—these days, it's narrative or storytelling. But the people of God know that the Bible preached, explained to the individual, applied to the will, is precisely the nourishment they need, and which alone promotes their maturity....”
- David Cook, Former Principal, Sydney Missionary and Bible College, NSW

“I've needed to read this book by Campbell and Millar at this point in my life. I've been preaching for over 27 years, and this book has convicted me of fundamentals that have ceased to be central in my preaching.

”Every preacher needs to read this book every five years. It is both theologically driven and brimming with wise and practical insights on how to preach.”
- Ray Galea, Senior Minister, St. Alban's Multicultural Bible Ministry, Sydney, NSW

“Worried your preaching though of course biblical, may be getting a bit jaded, even boring? This humdinger of a book is just for you: full of marvelous insights from areas as diverse as biblical theology, preaching the Old Testament, and mode of delivery; and written like the sermons it is encouraging us to preach—faithful but fresh. A must-read, a short read a great read, for preachers at every stage, whether young colt or old nag. Buy, read, apply!”
- John Samuel, Senior Minister, Duke Street Church, Richmond, Surrey

“Millar and Campbell write with much wit and wisdom for the sake of our listeners. At some point every preacher must decide whether to preach for the regard of one’s peers or for the welfare of Christ’s people. Millar and Campbell have obviously decided for the latter and give much sound advice for the rest of us to do the same.”
- Bryan Chapell, Chancellor, Covenant Theological Seminary

“Two men who would never be deadly boring or dull are Gary Millar and Phil Campbell, and in this book they use their lively wit to help other preachers keep Eutychus awake. More importantly, they are united in their understanding of and commitment to the task of making God's word known. I pray this book will be of benefit to both preachers and congregations.”
- Phillip D Jensen, Dean of Sydney, St. Andrew's Cathedral, Sydney, NSW

“This book fills a gap in our concern for better preaching because it joins true piety to good theology in a way that few books do. Gary and Phil bring lots of experience, wisdom and practicality to the most privileged job in the universe—handling the word of God. It's a short, sharp and wonderfully honest Irish/Aussie injection.
- Simon Manchester, Senior Minister, St. Thomas' Anglican Church, North Sydney, NSW

“This book deserves to be included in the ‘must read’ category for preachers. It is readable, which always helps! And, as we would expect, it is biblical and practical. But it is also funny and forthright in a way that made me re-evaluate my preaching and resolve with God’s help to improve. This is a different book from Lloyd-Jones’ Preaching and Preachers and Between Two Worlds by John Stott, but it may prove to be just as influential.”
- Alistair Begg, Senior Pastor, Parkside Church, Cleveland, OH