Available For Review: Preaching by Ear: Speaking God’s Truth from the Inside Out by Dave McClellan

Shaun Tabatt —  October 20, 2014

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Preaching by Ear by Dave McClellanAccording to Kenton Anderson, professor of homiletics at ACTS Seminaries of Trinity Western University, this volume represents “a powerful tool” because it offers a new (actually old) model of preaching. For centuries preaching has been shaped from a literary standpoint (i.e., reading, writing, outlining, and displaying sermons). But a pre-modern method of oral preparation and delivery largely has been forgotten. Preaching by Ear hearkens back to an earlier era when sermons were rooted inside the preacher and moved out in a natural and powerful way.

Table of Contents:
Part 1: Preparing the Preacher
1. Something Old, Something New
2. The Wise Preacher: Augustine’s Homiletic
3. Baloney: Why We Trust Some Speakers and Dismiss Others
4. Quintilian: A Surprising Preaching Tutor

Part 2: Developing an Orally Based Model of Preaching
5. Why God Is Partial to the Spoken Word
6. Tongue before Text: Introduction to Orality
7. Finding the Sermon That’s “Already There”
8. Swallowing the Word: Building a Sermon Inside You
9. Going Off Script: The Internalized Sermon in the Live Room

Praise for Preaching by Ear:

“McClellan understands the embodied miracle of communication, in which speech reaches from the vocal chambers and mind of the speaker to the ear and interiority of the listener, heart speaking to heart. In the authenticity of his preaching life, he also knows the commitment of putting one’s whole life at the service the Word. In his scholarship, Pastor McClellan has paid forward his understanding of the arts of rhetoric and his love of the preaching life to hundreds of preachers—and I am one of them. Like Cicero and Augustine, and with the clarity of seasoned insight, McClellan knows how to teach, to delight, to persuade.”
—Gregory Heille, O.P., Professor of Homiletics, Aquinas Institute of Theology, Past President, Academy of Homiletics

“Sermons are delivered orally, so why should they be conceived and gestated in literacy? Using Augustine, Plato, Aristotle, and especially Quintilian, Preaching by Ear explores the art and science of orality. Homiletics owes much to classical rhetoric, and McClellan continues to show us why. He challenges us to live lives of curiosity and worship, study and pray ourselves deep into the text, ‘map’ (not outline) the sermon, practice aloud, and then step out in faith without the safety net (or is it a straightjacket?) of written notes. Written by a pastor and scholar, Preaching by Ear will inform and challenge you.”
—Jeffrey D. Arthurs, Professor of Preaching and Communication; Chair, Division of Practical Theology, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary

About Dave McClellan:
Dave McClellan is senior pastor of The Chapel at Tinkers Creek in Streetsboro, Ohio, and an adjunct professor at Indiana Wesleyan University, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, and John Carroll University. He received a Bachelor of Science in Communication from Grace College and a Master of Divinity from Denver Seminary before completing a Doctor of Philosophy in Rhetoric and Communication from Duquesne University. Dave has served as an editor for Homiletics and contributed to the Journal of the Evangelical Homiletic Society, Leadership Journal, and Preaching Today. He is married to Karen and they have two grown children, Kelsey and Kyle.

Book Information:

  • Publisher: Weaver Book Company
  • ISBN:  9781941337028
  • Page Count: 192

Blog Tour Details:

  • Tour Date: November 17-30, 2014
  • Available Formats: Paperback (Continental US Only), .mobi eBook (Kindle), & .epub eBook (Nook, Apple iBooks)
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Thank you for your interest in reviewing Preaching by Ear. This book review blog tour is now full. You can see our current list of available review books here: LINK.