by Mark Barger
As the title suggests, the writer shows the relative strengths of different styles of preaching. In each section he defines the "type" and then provides a short sermon to illustrate it. The sermons he includes as examples range from the socially -conscious political left to the biblical evangelistic conservative right.
Narrative preaching relates a story and usually states or implies a biblical or spiritual application. African American preaching has been variously defined, but the most prominent feature of an African American sermon is ecstasy. The hearer leaves with a bounce in his step and a song in his heart.
Evangelistic preaching assumes that the gospel message has the power to convert and transform lives. Topical preaching, as its name implies, must have a subject. It may emphasize honoring father and mother or it may examine the biblical attitude toward homosexuality. Another type of preaching can be that of a literary genre: biography, parable, proverbs, psalms or miracle stories.
The final type of sermon we shall consider is biblical preaching. A sermon can be called a biblical type when a text serves as the major theme. Biblical sermons can be expository (a sermon that moves from text to human concern) or verse-by-verse (a sermon that allows hearers to place the text within a context).