Home Run: Preaching Sermons That Connect
Author: Kirk Brothers
Publisher: Kirk Brothers
21 chapters, 188 pages
This workbook is the outgrowth of many years of experience in training young men to preach. It deals with everything from picking the topic to helping someone who responds to the invitation (including how to baptize someone). The book tells how to develop, practice, remember, and deliver topical, textual, parable, and character sermons. It includes helpful items such as sample sermons, practice drills, recommended books for the preacher’s library, and an extensive bibliography.
A unique feature of this book is that it explains preaching by using the analogy of baseball. After learning how to “round the bases” of preparing and presenting the sermon, one will find a “batting practice” section. This fill-in-the-blank section of the book walks one through actual preparation of the sermon. The book is designed with beginners in mind but it can help anyone. It is especially useful for teenagers or college age men in undergraduate preaching classes. It has been used in preacher training camps in Colorado, Tennessee, Florida, Virginia, Georgia, and Arkansas. The workbook has also served as a homiletics textbook at Freed-Hardeman University and at two branches of the Nashville School of Preaching. It has been translated into Swahili and an abbreviated version has been translated into Spanish and used at ministry training camps in Latin America.
About the Author: Kirk Brothers grew up in Kentucky and has over twenty-five years of experience with preacher training and leadership training camps (as camper, counselor, and staff member). He has led or co-led numerous camps in the U.S. and Latin America. Kirk has been preaching regularly since age fifteen and has been in full-time ministry for over twenty years (in Kentucky, Mississippi, and Tennessee). He has participated in mission trips to Israel, Ukraine, Panama, India, England, Nicaragua, Peru, and Costa Rica. Kirk holds B.A. and M.Div degrees from David Lipscomb University and a Masters of New Testament degree from Freed-Hardeman University. He has his Ph.D. from Southern Seminary in Louisville, KY. His dissertation topic was A Cross-Cultural Study of Factors Motivating Church of Christ Ministry Students to Enter Ministry. Kirk is a Bible professor at Freed-Hardeman University and serves as a part-time missionary with the Forrest Park church of Christ in Valdosta, GA. He married Cindy Markham in 1988 and they have two children, Katie and Hannah.