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The minister's manual 2004
Cox, James W. (James William), 1923-2016.
2004 edition.
Publication Information:
San Francisco, Calif. : Jossey-Bass, [2003]

Physical Description:
ix, 429 pages ; 25 cm
General Note:
"Seventy-ninth annual issue."

Includes indexes.
Format :


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Material Type
Home Location
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BV4223 .M5 2003 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks
BV4223 .M5 2003 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Reference

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For nearly eighty years The Minister′s Manual has been the single most comprehensive resource for preaching and worship available. Filled with completely new material for 2004, this nondenominational guide is the best source for sermons, prayers, insights, and inspiration for all from pastors and lay leaders to Sunday school teachers and choir directors. The large format allows the book to lay flat, making it easy to use.
Turn to The Minister′s Manual for

Complete sermons for the entire year, featuring both topical and lectionary preaching and worship aids to expand Sunday services Thought-provoking quotations and questions on life and religion to add breadth to your messages A treasury of practical sermon applications and commentaries Children′s sermons for engaging young minds and a wealth of topics to ponder during small group discussions Calendars to help you remember important historical, cultural, and religious anniversaries

Author Notes

James W. Cox, a leading authority on preaching and one of the most influential teachers in the field of homiletics, is a senior professor at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky

Table of Contents

Prefacep. ix
Section I. General Aids and Resourcesp. 1
Civil Year Calendars for 2004 and 2005p. 1
Church and Civic Calendar for 2004p. 2
The Revised Common Lectionary for 2004p. 3
Four-Year Church Calendarp. 5
Forty-Year Easter Calendarp. 5
Traditional Wedding Anniversary Identificationsp. 6
Colors Appropriate for Days and Seasonsp. 6
Flowers in Season Appropriate for Church Usep. 6
Quotable Quotationsp. 6
Questions of Life and Religionp. 8
Biblical Benedictions and Blessingsp. 10
Section II. Sermons and Homiletic and Worship Aids for Fifty-two Sundaysp. 12
Section III. Resources for Congregational Musicp. 281
Section IV. Messages for Communion Servicesp. 297
Section V. Messages for Funerals and Bereavementp. 307
Section VI. Special Resources for Lent and Easterp. 315
Section VII. A Little Treasury of Illustrationsp. 329
Section VIII. Evangelism and Missionsp. 345
Section IX. Resources for Preaching on Prayerp. 355
Section X. Christmas and Adventp. 361
Section XI. Children's Sermonsp. 373
Contributors and Acknowledgmentsp. 406
Index of Contributorsp. 409
Sermon Title Indexp. 411
Scriptural Indexp. 415
Index of Prayersp. 419
Index of Materials Useful as Children's Stories and Sermons Not Included in Section XIp. 421
Index of Materials Useful for Small Groupsp. 423
Topical Indexp. 426