Musings on Spiritual Matters

by Matthew Morine

Review of “The Integrity of Biblical Narrative”

You will not find this book listed on the majority of top preaching texts to read.  In fact, most people probably have never heard of this book.  It is definitely not a popular preacher text.  The book operates on a neo-orthodox perspective.  And the major objective of the text is to understand the difference between a narrative sermon and a Biblical narrative.  Often a narrative story is rooted in a modern example, with a Biblical analogue attached, while Biblical narrative allows the text to dictate the direction of the contemporary story.  Of course the style of sermon that is discussed moves away from the historical-situational approach that is common in most sermons, and uses a post-liberal approach to declaring the text.  It is more of a literary style of understanding the text, because of the neo-orthodox understanding of theology that influences this expression.  This approach critiques what most people are familiar with in narrative, a Fred Craddock style or a story style.  This approach has no time for form criticism.  Though it does lower the view of scripture to a transcendent reality.  (Of course I do not agree with this shift)  With this move, there is a deeper focus on reduction criticism, which is helpful in preaching certain texts.  The book does move from high theology and methodology to concrete practice.  There is a detailed chapter on moving from text to sermon.  Often one in this style, needs to discover a contemporary language to properly preach the ancient text.  Overall, this is a good book for those who enjoy the study of homiletic.  I should add that one is not a false teacher because he understands various preaching methodologies, and has the ability to use that which can be helpful to Biblical sermons.  So if you are looking for a non-mainstream preaching text, this one will challenge your thinking and and provide good insight to the modern narrative approach to sermons.

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About The Author

Matthew is originally from Nova Scotia, Canada. He has a beautiful wife named Charity and a precious baby named Gabrielle. He has graduated from the Brown Trail School of Preaching, Heritage Christian University with his Bachelors of Arts in Biblical Studies, Lipscomb University with his Master’s of Arts in Biblical Studies and his Master’s of Divinity at Freed-Hardeman University. He is presently working towards his Doctorate of Ministry at Harding Graduate School of Religion. His articles have appeared in the World Evangelist, the Highway to Holiness, The West Virginia Christian, The Christian Echo, The Firm Foundation, Church Growth, and the Gospel Advocate. He enjoys hockey, golf, boxing, and chess. In his spare time he enjoys reading numerous genres of books. Also, he is working on climbing all of the 14ers in Colorado. Matthew is the Pulpit Minister for the Castle Rock church of Christ.


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