Extracts from the Introduction
"There are many problems in ministry for an Episcopal clergyman and rector
of a parish in New York City, but the problem that has been the most
challenging to me is the regular practice of creating, researching, writing,
and delivering sermons. I am sure that I am not alone in my own or any
other denomination, but two reasons appear to make my personal struggle
in preparing sermons more difficult than some. The first concerns the
worship tradition of the Episcopal Church; as part of the Anglican
Communion, it is, by and large, a liturgically-centered community of
Christians. The second is my personal inclination to be a "one-method"
preacher, a captive of habits of preparation accrued in the more than
twenty years since my ordination."
"The heaviest responsibility carried by the minister is preaching, for
preaching is sacramental. In this volume one of this generation's most
exciting preachers has illuminated his own methodology in constructing
seimons and gives us the clue to understanding the secret of effective
preaching. There is an integrity in Dr. Hunt's method that is instructive
— James I. McCord, President Princeton Theological Seminary
"A detailed account by a conscientious clergyman of his effort in
mid-career to increase his effectiveness in preaching by a studied
examination of the aims and difficulties, and of various techniques
and methods, of sermon making. It should prove an aid — and perhaps
also, because of its honesty, an inspiration — to other clergy
struggling with the craft of their profession."
—Nathan M. Pusey
"The strength of Sermon Struggles is the invitation it presents
to share in the actual craft of sermon construction. This invitation is
enhanced by the personal experiences scattered throughout the book. It
is commendable for the seriousness which it gives to theological
reflection throughout. With the renewed emphasis on the importance
of preaching in the church, Ernest Hunt's book will be of use to many."
—James C. Fenhagen, Dean The General Theological Seminary
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