Book Review: Preaching with Accuracy

91dI1d-NVmLRandal Pelton is senior pastor of Calvary Bible Church in Mount Joy, Pennsylvania. He also teaches at Lancaster Bible College and Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. He conducts preaching workshops for denominations and he blogs at

What is your desire when you preach? What do you try to portray or show through the text? Randal Pelton with his book Preaching with Accuracy hits the nail on the head. Our desires when preaching should be preaching the text accurately. This is a book that helps the pastor do that!

In this work, Pelton discusses the importance of biblical exposition and ponders whether it is still working today. He hits on how we communicate from the pulpit. He addresses which ideas are shown in communication from the text; the big idea or the small idea. The author desires the reader to carefully examine the text, understand the textual idea, and understand the contextual idea in the text. The author then displays how all of these findings contribute to the health and life of the sermon preached.

The reader will come away from this book with a need and desire to display the correct interpretation of the text. This book helps you break it down and understand the whole story and contextual ideas behind it. It is a very helpful book in that light, and if you aren’t a pastor, read this book and understand in reading how one should see Christ-centered ideas in the text.

Pelton also hits on many bad teachers/expositors and exposes how they misuse and twist the text for their advantage. He addresses Rob Bell specifically, and in one page debunks Bell’s theology. Pelton is very helpful in preaching the whole cannon of scripture. His desire is for readers to understand the big ideas behind the text so that they may be benefited and equipped throughout all of life!

Friends, You only get one life, and it will soon pass. Only what is done for Jesus Christ will last.

I received Preaching with Accuracy from Kregel to review.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

1557562_10153227664651515_1796309980_nEvan Knies is an undergraduate student at Boyce College where he studies Biblical and Theological Studies. He lives in Louisville, KY with his wife, Lauren. You can follow him on Twitter @Evan_Knies.


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