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Author: William Powell Tuck

William Powell Tuck is the author of 32 books who brings his lifelong experience as pastor, seminary professor, husband, and father to the page.

Many people go through life as though they were blind and deaf. They seem to hear and see so little of the world that surrounds us.
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Through the Eyes of a Child
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Taking into account cultural influences and how they affect the church's capacity to carry out its evangelistic mission, Tuck proposes practical ideas based in a biblical theology of evangelism that can enable church members to evangelize with greater sensitivity and effectiveness.
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Authentic Evangelism: Sharing the Good News with Sense and Sensitivity
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Prayer has often been described simply as communicating with God. How many of us talk to God daily? If we did not speak to our spouse daily, how much would we know about her/him? Dr William Powell Tuck brings not only years of studying the Scripture but perhaps more importantly his own prayer experience and his time as a pastor, counseling and teaching others. "I have often been embarrassed to admit that praying has not come so easily or naturally to me," he confesses in this book. This frank and open attitude gives us all a renewed hope, makes us eager to see what Dr Tuck has to say about prayer, and try his suggestions.
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Lord, I Keep Getting a Busy Signal
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The theological term for "the last things" is eschatology. It is the Christian doctrine which is concerned with the final "things," death, the second coming of Christ, the resurrection of the dead, the immortality of the soul, the final judgment, heaven and hell. Even though these themes are at the heart of the Christian faith, it is often difficult to voice with clarity what we mean by them. In The Journey to the Undiscovered Country, William Powell Tuck says, "Although there is no clear, simple, New Testament answer on all of these issues, the New Testament is unequivocal in its hope for men and women in Jesus Christ. No one can speak with certainty about such matters as the mystery of death, the resurrection, heaven and hell, the second coming, or the final judgment of God. However, the New Testament does offer some concrete pointers which I believe can be helpful to us. I invite you to join me as we look to see if we can gain some insight to determine the future hope for those who die in Christ."
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The Journey to the Undiscovered Country
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The Cross. The central symbol of the Christian faith. "Can a church be an authentic Church and not focus on the cross?" William Powell Tuck began answering that question in his book, The Church Under the Cross, and now he leads us into the second part of his answer in his new book, The Last Words from the Cross. "The words of our Lord on the cross have become very memorable. These words of Jesus have been designated as the seven last words. They are, of course, more than individual words. They are really sentences or fragments of sentences. One of these seven words is found in the Gospels of Matthew and Mark. Three of them are found in the Gospel of Luke, and three are recorded in John. No one gospel contains all of them. But, to me, that is a way of authenticating the gospels. Each writer drew on what he remembered or considered most important in those moments or what he had heard from others who shared their experiences." says Tuck. A study of these words gives us, His disciples, a deeper insight into Jesus' thoughts through suffering, facing death, and what His death meant to Him as He met our need for salvation. Rev Tuck further says, "These words reveal his personal agony, his concern for others, his forgiving spirit, his physical suffering, his ultimate trust and faithfulness in the One he had proclaimed. Even in his moments of forsakenness he still resisted the temptation to turn away ultimately from God's will or deny the One who led him to this shameful death as he identifies with sinners."
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The Last Words from the Cross
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"Writer's block is a common complaint from many authors. They reach a point sometimes when they simply cannot produce anything worth reading. Preachers often encounter this same kind of roadblock when they attempt to prepare sermons."- William Powell Tuck With this opening sentence, Dr Tuck brings his many years of experience as professor and pastor and freely gives some "nuts and bolts" of sermon preparation and "pots and pans" essential for effective preaching. This book is not about the philosophy or theology of preaching but about preparing for, writing, and preaching a sermon. While the reader may quickly find a solution to this week's sermon, Dr. Tuck also gives ideas and plans for long-term preparation to open a new pathway, moving sermons from a burden to a blessing for the writer as well as the intended listener.
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Overcoming Sermon Block: The Preacher's Workshop
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The intent of this book is to look seriously at what constitutes the content and background of authentic preaching. This book is offered as one pastor and preaching professor's suggestions on how I have tried to share the gospel through my ministry both in the classroom and in the pulpit. I have been pastor of small and large congregations, rural and downtown urban churches, college and seminary congregations, healthy and troubled parishes. During my busy pastoral ministry with my congregations I have tried to share with them not only my verbal sermons from the pulpit, but also a written copy by the next Sunday. This has often been an exacting but rewarding discipline. It has pushed me for originality, careful craftsmanship, sound biblical exegesis, and the desire for clarity and to offer my best gifts. Being pastor in a college and seminary community has certainly heightened my awareness to offer my best all the time.
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A Pastor Preaching: Toward a Theology of the Proclaimed Word
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The membership of River Road Church, Baptist, includes a wide spectrum of persons of varying educational attainments, wide economic levels, and all ages from children to seniors. They represent a variety of careers including merchants, trades, professions, community leaders, and educational faculty in the local schools, colleges, graduate schools, and seminaries. No matter the educational level of the membership, the church sought a highly educated clergy. The pastors called to serve River Road Church came with advanced graduate studies and earned doctor's degrees. The five preachers in this volume span almost seven decades. Each stayed a length of time to accomplish the challenges he faced in the building up of the congregation and the enhancement of the spiritual life of the membership. Each preacher brought different gifts of preaching, management styles, craftsmanship, and vision.
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The Pulpit Ministry of the Pastors of River Road Church, Baptist, Richmond, Virginia
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Facing Grief and Death
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For many people, especially children, Christmas is a favorite time of year -- we're surrounded by the marvelous sights of stores and houses covered with brightly colored decorations, we hear the pleasant sounds of carols filling the air, and we gather with family and friends to enjoy gift-giving and sumptuous food. But all this is just a reminder of the greatest gift of all -- the blessed birth of our Lord Jesus Christ. In this volume, a renowned pastor and teacher shares 16 messages that proclaim with a child's wide-eyed wonder the joyous news of the coming of God's Son. William Powell Tuck helps us see the true meaning of the season by putting our holiday celebrations in the context of the unique mystery of the incarnation, leading us to a greater appreciation of the sensory delights that make Christmas the most wonderful time of the year. This book will be a treasured sermon preparation resource for pastors, as well as a source of inspiration for personal meditation or small group studies. William Powell Tuck has had a long and distinguished career as a parish pastor and seminary professor. He has served Baptist congregations in Virginia, Louisiana, Kentucky, and North Carolina, and he currently teaches preaching at the Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond, Virginia. He was also a professor for several years at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. Tuck is the author or editor of more than a dozen books, including The Lord's Prayer Today, Authentic Evangelism: Sharing the Good News with Sense and Sensitivity, and Our Baptist Tradition.
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Christmas Is for the Young... Whatever Their Age: 16 Christmas Sermon Stories
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A Revolutionary Gospel focuses on the centrality of Rauschenbusch's concept of salvation-his view of both personal and social salvation-in its relationship to the Kingdom of God in the teachings of Jesus. Rauschenbusch believed that Jesus' teachings were revolutionary and aimed to bring about the moral transformation of the individual and society. William Powell Tuck describes how Rauschenbusch's concept of redemption requires a transformation of society as well as individuals-and that no one can genuinely be redeemed without this redemption affecting the social culture as well. A Revolutionary Gospel shows us how Rauschenbusch's revolutionary concept of salvation is still relevant today.
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A Revolutionary Gospel: Salvation in the Theology of Walter Rauschenbusch
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What's a preacher to do with holidays? Some seem to almost preach themselves, especially those in the church calendar. Others are more secular or may seem to conflict with the church calendar. Some are even controversial and require a gentle, but firm touch of the preacher's art. William Powell Tuck is a master preacher and in this book he demonstrates his sensitivity to the issues raised by some of the holidays and special days of the year along with his grounding in biblical studies, theology, and homiletics. You can read these sermons as essays if you want, but they are not light devotionals. They are serious efforts to grapple honestly with issues and to guide a church community in learning and growing as they celebrate their lives, their families, and their communities. For the preacher, these sermons can serve as models for how to approach these days, as well as providing insight into the various issues involved.
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Holidays, Holy Days, & Special Days
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These funeral homilies will be valuable both to the preacher and to the individual looking for understanding.
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A Fresh look at the Beatitudes in Matthew's Gospel by William Powell Tuck
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The Way for All Seasons
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Stewardship is one of the essential means the church utilizes to roll up its sleeves and engage in the ministry it is challenged to do. -- William Powell Tuck

Jesus said in His sermon on the mountain, "Blessed are ..." (Matthew 5:1-12)

James said, Faith without works is dead. (James 2:14-26)

Dr. Bill Tuck shares his heart and his teachings on stewardship that will bring the reader into a greater appreciation of how God wants to use our time, talent and finances to build His Church as well as draw us into a deeper relationship with Him. You will find each chapter begins with a scriptural notation that will lend itself to further study and meditation on God's Word. May we be found to not only be reader of God's Word, but also doers of His Word.

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The Forgotten Beatitude: Worshiping Through Stewardship
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The cross has always been a scandal and sometimes a source of ridicule. At the same time, it is the central symbol of Christianity. Author William Powell Tuck believes that the cross has never been more relevant than it is today. It may be difficult to preach the cross, but it is the duty of Christians to do so. "As long as the church lifts up a hollow, aluminum foil cross instead of a heavy wooden cross, we will always be guilty of heresy in the message we present to the world," he says. In the pages of this book you will start by looking the cross as the central symbol of the gospel, a symbol that you cannot forget if you want to preach and live an authentic gospel. From there you will look at how the cross illuminates our understanding of God, and then to the way it guides the way we will teach and serve. The cross is truly a difficult subject to preach, both because we stand amazed at what it represents and because of what it calls for each of us to do. But however difficult it is, we must not avoid it. Only if we become the church under the cross will we be the genuine body of Christ.
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The Church Under the Cross
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