A Guide to Effective Sermon Delivery

By Jerry Vines
Chicago : Moody (1986). 170 Pages.

Reviewed by Dr. Richard Mayhue
1.2 (Fall 1990) : 217-218

This prominent Southern Baptist leader, pastor of First Baptist Church, Jacksonville, Florida, writes on a neglected topic: the science and art of sermon delivery. Vines exhibits the passion of a pastor who faced the prospect of surgery on his vocal cords only to discover the source of the problem was the misuse of his voice.

The material divides conveniently into four sections: (1) Mechanical Aspects of Sermon Delivery; (2) Mental Aspects of Sermon Delivery; (3) Rhetorical Aspects of Sermon Delivery; and (4) Psychological Aspects of Sermon Delivery. Vines minors in the theoretical and majors in the realistic and practical.

The scarcity of books on this aspect of preaching, even fewer in the last decade, makes Vines' contribution valuable. It is a primer on the subject, suitable for use as collateral reading at the Bible college and seminary level. Pastors who have never considered this aspect of preaching or those who need a refresher will also benefit from it.