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If you want to see all book reviews, simply click on the Review category button on the right bar of the screen. This page is now a countdown of the must-reads for preachers that have been reviewed on the site. There are must reads that have not been reviewed yet, but they will only make it on this list when they are reviewed. Feel free to disagree!  (If you’d like to buy a book, and you live in the UK, just click the picture.)

#7 . . . It’s All in How You Tell It, by Haddon and Torrey Robinson (2003)
by Peter Mead, September 28, 2007

Subtitle: Preaching First-Person Expository Messages.

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This book, by Robinson and son, has a clear target. The sleek and well prepared script of the book flies effortlessly to hit that target. Unhindered by extraneous information, disconnected asides or time-consuming tangents, the book achieves its purpose. Preaching first-person expository messages.

The first major thrust of the book is to convince the reader of the efficacy of first-person preaching. Like a stealth bomber that flies in undetected by the defensive radar systems of modern believers, this kind of message can hit the heart like no other. By thinking through the audience and strategically designing the message, the preacher may be more effective using sanctified stealth than throwing traditional telegraphed torpedoes at them. People love a story. God’s Word is overflowing with them. So why do we tend to dissect a story and make it a lecture, leaking power at every stage in the process?

The book goes on to describe the process. Since this is expository preaching, it begins with massive amounts of study – of the text, of the character, of the setting. A key decision is what stance the character should use in light of the text and the audience. Are they with us, are we with them, do they know the listeners are there, etc? Then comes the well-worked big idea, definition of clear purpose, followed by structure, flow and the meat on the bones of the message. The process of preparing a first-person message is described essentially as a simplified Robinson process, with the additional step of character stance. The purpose of a message is not to perform (preacher-centered), but to effectively bring the big idea of a text home to the hearts and lives of the specific listeners that will hear it (Bible and audience centered).

There is a helpful section dealing with specific aspects of delivery such as movement, delivery, costume and so on. Obvious hindrances are overcome in the final chapter. One important lesson brought out in this section deals with the issue of sanctified imagination. As a preacher it is possible to easily assume people can tell the difference between fact and added detail. Assumptions are dangerous. A colorful illustrative detail can be misleading for an unaware audience.

The book ends with seven example sermons showing different approaches, different character stances and so on. Both Matthewson’s and Edward’s, as well as the Robinsons’ Herod sermons left an impression, even just in print. I would have liked to experience the effect of these sermons in person.

This book will leave you with one question. Why don’t you use first-person preaching more often?

#6 . . . The Supremacy of God in Preaching, by John Piper (1990, 2004)
by Peter Mead, November 2, 2007

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This is neither a how-to manual, nor a full theology of preaching, but it does make a definite contribution to the field. The book is divided in two parts. The first part is a series of lectures Piper gave at Gordon-Conwell Seminary on the subject of preaching. The second part is a series of lectures given at Wheaton College, focused on Jonathan Edwards; his life, theology and preaching.

In his typical style, Piper diagnoses the problem of the church as one which can be remedied by a prescription for the pulpit. “People are starving for the greatness of God.” What people need is God, whether or not they want Him as the focus of the preaching. This kind of “God-entranced preaching” can only flourish in churches where the Bible is esteemed as inspired and inerrant. Piper calls for preaching that holds in dynamic tension the greatness of God through preaching with gravity, and at the same time a glorious gladness that comes from the gospel. Such preaching requires that the preacher be diligent in steady, constant and frequent Bible study.

Piper followed advice he was given in seminary, to find one great evangelical theologian and immerse himself in that man’s writings and life. He chose Jonathan Edwards and so the second part of the book provides a brief summary of that study as it relates to preaching. After a brief biography and theological review, his final chapter delineates ten principle lessons from Edwards on the subject of preaching.

This book is short and a quick read, but worthwhile. The main themes of the book are definitely worth taking on board, although if taken to an extreme the reader would feel obliged to throw out every lesson in preaching and communication that has been learned in the centuries since Edwards. Piper writes as a response to problems he perceives in the contemporary pulpit, so at times his pendulum is swung too far the other way. However, the basic premise is spot on, people need preaching that is both grave and glad in its presentation of our greatest need, God Himself.

If you have never read Piper, then by all means get a taste here. If you have read Piper and found each book to be more of the same, then this is still worth reading because of its specific focus on preaching. Read, enjoy the motivation, accept any rebuke that is deserved and prayerfully consider before God how to integrate this book into your personal philosophy and practice of preaching.

#5 . . . The Art of Preaching Old Testament Narrative, by Steven D. Mathewson (2002)
July 15, 2007, by Peter Mead

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There are many preaching books, but only a handful I recommend wholeheartedly. This is one of them. Mathewson’s passion for the many narrative passages in the Old Testament is contagious. His passion for the effective preaching of these passages is greatly needed today. This is especially the case while significant preachers continue to view Old Testament narratives as primarily illustrative material, rather than preaching texts.

Mathewson’s work is widely researched, with significant influences including Robert Alter’s The Art of Biblical Narrative and Haddon Robinson’s Biblical Preaching.

The first of the three sections in the book is concerned with hermeneutics – how to move from the selection of a text to a focused central concept. The second section is more focused on the homiletical process – how to move from the central concept to the sermon. This section is strongly influenced by Robinson’s methodology and serves as a very helpful clarification on that method. While Robinson’s book is succinct and well-written, Mathewson’s presentation of the ten-stage approach with a specific focus will help the reader understand Robinson’s methodology more fully.

Mathewson’s explanation of biblical narrative forms support his central idea of developing sermons using the flow of the story, rather than a forced and rigid analytical presentation.

The third and final section of the book contains five example sermons from Mathewson, Donald Sunukjian, Paul Borden, Haddon Robinson and Alice Mathews. These are helpful in a variety of ways, although no example sermon can ever be perfect. There are also a couple of appendices – one on Hebrew plot analysis (for Hebrew trained preachers with a lot of time on their hands) and one on helpful commentaries.

There are many books on preaching, but I’ve yet to find one that can match Mathewson in terms of dealing with Old Testament narratives. This book is worth buying, reading and considering carefully. Having read this, you might also be inspired to read Robert Alter’s The Art of Biblical Narrative, if you have not done so already. Two strong recommendations in one review – I would apologize to your bank balance, but these two books would be money well spent.

#4 . . . Invitation to Biblical Preaching, by Donald Sunukjian (2007)
by Peter Mead, August 10, 2007

Subtitle: Proclaiming Truth With Clarity and Relevance

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Donald Sunukjian studied under Haddon Robinson at Dallas Seminary, then also taught there. He now teaches at Talbot Seminary in LA. Sunukjian has an ability to think through elements of preaching in minute detail, yet has a communication style that is clear and accessible – both in person and in his writing. These qualities have combined to make this a great book.

This is definitely another book in the Haddon Robinson school of thought. The process is similar, the emphasis on the main idea and the purpose are evident, delivery without notes is encouraged, etc. Incidentally, the reader should not be intimidated by the “zigzag” big idea – if Sunukjian came up with such effective preaching ideas regularly, surely more would be included in the book! He admits that you go with what you have, and only sometimes is the preaching idea a real humdinger.

He defines biblical preaching simply as “Look at what God is saying to us!” Throughout this 370 page book, numerous biblical examples are given to make clear the point being taught. Sunukjian has a large bank of example sermons that show up throughout the book so that the variety is not random and overwhelming, but reinforcing and familiar.

His ability to think through the details comes out in areas such as whether to use inductive or deductive approaches according to the material being covered, or how to preach a chiastic passage so contemporary listeners will understand it.

Sunukjian’s speciality is the subject of oral clarity – preaching so listeners can follow. His six elements of oral clarity are detailed in a chapter, but exemplified throughout the book. Sunukjian demonstrates a real awareness of what works for the listener, a concern sometimes missing in other “how to” preaching texts.

After the process is detailed, there are two sample sermons presented in the appendix. These are repeated with helpful explanatory notes to guide the reader through the process.

In a book of 370 pages, it seems strange to point to a section being too short, but the delivery chapter is very short. However, it is fair to say that if a preacher follows the teaching throughout the book, then delivery will be improved. If there were any other negatives, it would be a slight discomfort with one or two of the biblical examples. Again, this is a small point since most are handled very effectively.

Overall this is a very strong book, perhaps even a great book. As I read preaching books, I mark helpful points with post-its. Many books have only a handful sticking out, this one has a forest of post-its! As an introductory text for a preaching class, this would work well. As a supplemental book for those of us who’ve read other textbooks, this is definitely worth having. It has many definite strengths, is clearly organized and engagingly written. This definitely makes my list of top preaching books.

#3 . . . Communicating for a Change, by Andy Stanley and Lane Jones (2006)
by Peter Mead, November 27, 2007

Let me be honest. I love studying the subject of preaching. I want to be a lifelong student of the subject. But if I’m honest, a lot of books about preaching are somewhat dull, tedious, repetitive and unengaging. Not this book. Engaging. Compelling. Motivating. Intriguing. Is it perfect? No. But, I think you should read it.

The book reflects a highly pragmatic authorship. Stanley writes, “I’ve listened to dozens of preachers and teachers whose stated purpose for communicating is changed lives but whose style of communication doesn’t support their purpose. If you are not willing to make adjustments for the sake of your goal then one thing is clear: Your goal is something other than changed lives. Your goal is to keep doing what you’ve always done, to do what’s comfortable.”

What does it take to preach for changed lives? According to Stanley and Jones it involves clear, engaging, relevant and applied truth from God’s Word. This book advocates strongly for one-point sermons. That one point is combination of textual idea, sermonic big idea and sermon purpose. The very slight confusion that comes from combining distinct elements of sermon preparation is worth forgiving for the clarity created in this model.

The book is in two parts. The first part, by Lane Jones, is an extended metaphor that teaches the concepts of the book. A frustrated fictional preacher gets the best preaching education of his life from an unlikely mentor. This narrative is well written, compelling and regularly convicting as well. The agenda is clear in this narrative, but since the agenda is practical skill training rather than a theological hobbyhorse (as in similar books in recent years), I thoroughly enjoyed it.

The second part is Andy Stanley working through the seven principles of the book. I found myself agreeing with so much here. Strong emphasis on the connection built by speaker to listeners, and on surfacing need and interest in the message, and on having a unity in the whole by the use of a main idea (the one point), and application driving every aspect of the message rather than being tacked at the end, and on and on. I found this book interesting, more than that, challenging and motivating.

Reservations about the book? Just one. I wish there was another chapter or two on the Biblical part of the message. I understand Stanley’s five-part progression through a message, and he states that the middle stage, the “God” or Bible presentation stage is the longest one. But what does that look like? He explains that we shouldn’t be superficial, or overwhelm with too much information. But what should we do in that part? This omission could be taken in a couple of different ways. Someone with a strong commitment to the Bible and exposition might try the Stanley model with a solid biblical core. Someone without that same commitment may preach a biblically weak idea birthed out of their own experience. The book allows for both. I wish it were stronger on the former. I’m left wondering . . . on the one hand I know who his Dad is, and I know where he studied, both clues lead me to expect a very biblical tendency. On the other hand the book is inconclusive. I am left looking for an opportunity to watch some of his messages on the internet to see how the theory works out in practice. In fact, I am highly motivated to do that. And I suspect I might be very pleased by what I see. If you read the book, do the same and let me know what you think.

The reservation is not a really a critique, it’s more of a yearning for more. This book is well worth reading. It will breathe new life into your preaching and your motivation for preaching. I honestly think that all of us would improve as preachers by reading and implementing at least some of what this book teaches.

#2 . . . Preaching with Variety, by Jeffrey Arthurs (2007)

May 15th, 2007 by Peter Mead

Sub-title: How to Re-Create the Dynamics of Biblical Genres.

Arthurs Variety

I hope this book gets the recognition it deserves. This is a power-packed paperback that seeks to stimulate Biblical preachers in developing variety in their preaching through awareness of how the various Biblical genres function. Arthurs offers not only understanding of how the genres do what they do, but also many suggestions on how to reflect their diversity as we preach them.

Arthurs states, “I believe that a sermon’s content should explain and apply the Word of God as it is found in a biblical text, and a sermon’s form should unleash the impact of that text.” (p.13)

Arthurs is not arguing that the form of a text dictate the form of a sermon, even if that were possible. Rather he argues that genre sensitive preaching seeks to replicate the impact of the text. He affirms the great freedom in form available to preachers, and encourages that freedom by presenting the great variety found within the six major Biblical genres.

The first two chapters argue in favor of variety in preaching, firstly because God the master communicator uses such great variety in all His communication – not least in the diverse forms of literature used in His Word, and secondly because our listeners value variety.

The rest of the book deals with six Biblical literary forms: Psalms, Narrative, Parables, Proverbs, Epistles and Apocalyptic. In each case presenting an introduction to the genre, a helpful explanation of the rhetorical devices used to create their impact and numerous helpful suggestions on how to preach the different types of text. The result of these suggestions, if heeded, will be real variety in Biblical preaching.

Arthurs is as much concerned with rightly handling the Biblical forms as he is with prompting variety in preaching. He is urging effective understanding of the rhetorical function of Biblical genre, so that one’s preaching might also fizz with Biblical variety. This is not the definitive book on creative preaching, for there are others that suggest many exciting and bizarre possibilities. However this may well become a model book on interpreting Biblical genre (and in that divinely designed diversity is the shove we all need to vary our preaching!)

So I hope this book gets the recognition it deserves. Thomas Long’s brief paperback on literary forms has been rightly praised as a helpful introduction to the subject of genre studies with some help for the preacher. Arthur’s work may well replace Long’s, for it is a more complete introduction to more Biblical genres from a more definite evangelical stance, with much more in the way of practical suggestion for the preacher.

This book will help you say what the text says, and do what the text does!

#1 . . . Biblical Preaching, by Haddon Robinson (2d ed – 2001)
May 4th, 2007 by Peter Mead

Biblical Preaching

In England this book is sold under the title of “Expository Preaching,” but if you get it online, I would go for the American title so you are sure to get the 2nd edition.

This is Robinson’s highly revered “how to” preaching textbook. He presents a ten-stage process of sermon preparation in his typically precise style. No word is wasted. In many respects numerous other books on preaching are building on this one, trying to offer some clarification or slight adjustment. That is certainly not true of all, but of many.

The emphasis throughout is on preaching a thoroughly Biblical message, through effective communication, in a way that is entirely relevant to the specific contemporary audience. The “Big Idea” is central to the philosophy and the procedure of preaching. So the ten steps move from understanding the text to the point of an accurate and clearly defined exegetical idea, through the process of developing the homiletical idea with clear purpose, to the practical matters of sermon shape and effective content. Although there are other books that deal in detail with issues of delivery, Robinson’s brief section on delivery is helpfully succinct.

I think it is fair to say that anyone interested in the subject of preaching should have this book. Robinson’s combination of Biblical commitment, expertise in communication theory, and renown as a teacher of preaching, effectively blend to make this a very effective book. It seems wrong to review another book before this one!

31 responses to “Top Books

  1. Fantastic ‘must-read’ preaching books! #5: The Supremacy of God in Preaching by John Piper is one of my Top 10 Books. It’s a short read, but you’re right on when you state that it is worthwhile. When I finished reading it, I couldn’t help but gain a greater sense of the call and responsibility which a preacher undertakes getting reading to stand in the pulpit. Piper’s emphasis on the greatness of God in preaching is done with such incredible clarity, conviction and passion. Thanks for supplying such a meaty blog for preachers!

  2. Steve

    I wanted to thank you for your ministry of encouragement to those who desire to continue to improve in their presentation of God’s word. Your blog is a daily blessing which regularly refreshes my soul. One book which I did not see in your tops for preaching was Bryan Chapell’s book “Christ Centered Preaching” and I have found it to very practical and from your blog I thought you would find it to be continued food for thought as you spur on preachers to be biblical expositors. Thank your for your ministry.

  3. Thanks Steve. I really enjoyed Bryan Chappell’s book when I read it. Unfortunately, I haven’t got around to reviewing it for myself and writing a review on the site. Perhaps if I did it might make the top list of books. It would certainly be very close (or it might stretch the list!) Thanks for the prod. I will try to get to that (although I have an exciting pile of preaching books that I want to read when I get the chance!) Chappell’s book is solidly evangelical. He is committed to expositorry preaching. He is committed to a Christocentric approach that I respect, but don’t fully agree with (not my reason for not reviewing it on here). His book contains some excellent specifics in relation to preaching. If anyone reading this has not read it, it would be well worth the time.

  4. I was wondering what your thoughts are on “Preaching & Preachers” by Martin Lloyd Jones, and “Between Two Worlds: The Challenge of Preaching Today” by John R.W. Stott. I am currently reading Stott’s book and find it to be very good (I also like his other books; Cross of Christ; The Living Church etc..) These books are probably more of a “why” than a “how” and I am currently in a position where I feel the need to defend Biblical preaching as it has come under fire along with preaching in general which is under attack and labeled a weakness in my particular sphere. I also need to find the best “how to book.” Would you recommend Robinson as the best one for me or another.

    Thanks, I appreciate this website brother.

  5. Lloyd-Jones and Stott are two very important books, good books. Obviously Lloyd-Jones was writing in a different era and some elements of the book seem slightly dated, but I value the vast majority of his content. Stott is also a classic in the field. I agree that many of us are facing the need to be clear on the “why” as well as the “how” in these days. The best “how to” book? Robinson is the standard in the field. It has many strengths and a couple of weaknesses. Some of the weaknesses are addressed in Sunukjian’s book (although by giving more examples in the text, I suspect his book will feel dated sooner than Robinson’s more “timeless” treatment of the process). I appreciate Andy Stanley’s book too, although it is critical to read it with a real commitment to explaining the text. Two people could read Stanley and one end up being very biblical, the other biblically weak (the difference, I suspect, would be based on what view of Scripture was brought into the reading of the book). Bryan Chappell’s book “Christ-Centered Preaching” is also very strong in the how-to sense (but I would qualify some of the “christocentric” elements). I’m still pursuing the best books in preaching…and am always open to other suggestions!

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  7. Eliane Weyermann

    Thank you for your helpful website.
    I am currently a very new student to preaching, and am finding your posts extremely helpful. In our bible college we are currently using Sunukjian’s Invitation to Biblical Preaching, and I do agree that is a very helpful “as an introductory to a preaching class.”

    Your other posts have helped me significantly.

    Thank you for your ministry and devotion to the Word!

  8. Peter

    I was just wondering if you have read Doctrine that Dances by Robert Smith Jr. Seeing what your reaction and response is to this book. It helped me but just wondering your thoughts.

    God Bless You

  9. Sorry Peter, I haven’t read it. I’ll see if I can get a copy, but realistically I won’t get to it anytime soon! I suspect I’m not the only one with an oversized “to read” collection!

  10. I appreciate your blog. I admire the fact that you put up books that you have read or reviewed. God bless you for that and we can comment on our favorites and ask about this author or that one in our zeal.

    Whether I agree with those authors or not, I respect the fact that you put up men dealing with the subject of biblical preaching.

    My first book on the subject was the text by Haddon Robinson, “Biblical Preaching”.

    I used to own Piper’s book, and gave away to help another brother in ministry. And did the same with MacArthur’s ” Rediscovering Expository Preaching” (now revised).

    Personally, I was more at home with Haddon’s book and the bibliography it contained therein.

    All that to say, I like the blog and what you are doing with it. Good job.

    • Thanks for your kind words Donald. It’s great to hear that someone is enjoying the blog and benefitting from it. Every blessing in your ministry, Peter

  11. Charlie Johnson

    Great website. Nice list as well. I’d like to read Preaching with Variety.

    My #1 preaching book (recently) is Him We Proclaim by Dennis Johnson. It is the finest work I’ve seen on the “Redemptive-historical” preaching philosophy. It’s similar to Chapell’s Christ-Centered Preaching, but much more thoroughly developed in approach. One caveat – it’s heavily geared to the “theoretical” side, largely ignoring sermon construction, so it won’t work as a stand alone volume.

  12. I believe you need to add some, those which have really helped me.

    Preaching to the Heart – Jay Adams
    Truth Applied – Jay Adams
    Preaching with Spiritual Vigour – Murray Capill
    The Imperative of Preaching – John Carrick

    Those are just a few….

    • Thanks for the suggestions. I really enjoyed Preaching with Purpose by Jay Adams and am tempted to add it to this list – I can’t think of another book I’d add before that one at this point (although if I looked over my shelves I might have another one or two). Thanks for these suggestions, I’ll try to get hold of them and take a look. Meanwhile, since my list is by no means definitive, I’m sure others will take your suggestions from the comment!

  13. I could also suggest The Elements of Preaching by Warren and David Wiersbe. Very helpful to me and some other preachers I know.

  14. Pastor David

    I have been wonderfully blessed and inspired reading some of your articles.

  15. Lucas Sackrison

    Peter, Thanks so much for this site.

    I am only 22 years old but I’m already in the process of learning good biblical preaching. I preach for a small Friday night service for young adults. My pastor is mentoring me and he is a huge fan of Haddon Robinson. He gave me the book Biblical Preaching by Robinson and it has been incredibly helpful in my growing process. I look forward to reading these other books as well. I’ll be praying for you and your ministry. God Bless

  16. When I went through seminary over twenty years ago, we used Biblical Preaching as our homiletical text book. What I appreciated most of Robinson’s book is the concept of the single theme in communicating a text of Scripture or a passage of Scripture. Haddon calls it the BIG IDEA. I call it the MAIN PREACHING POINT. After twenty years of preaching sermons, I have used this concept to write every sermon regardless of it being deductive, inductive or a bit of both.

    This concept allows for squence and flow in your sermons. Usually sermons that use this concept are easy to understand and easy to follow. Keep promoting this great book by Haddon W. Robinson.

  17. Peter, I seem to have come late to this discussion and blog, but glad I did. V helpful. Just wondering if you are familiar with the book ‘And the Word became a Sermon’ by Derek Newton who lectures at International Christian College, Glasgow? It’s a nuts and bolts ‘how to’ book that I have found particularly helpful. Interested in what you make of it.

  18. Erik

    Great blog and good resource suggestions for the average homogeneous church pastor. But can you recommend a book on creative expository preaching styles that would be most effective for an ethnically heterogeneous (multi-cultural) congregation? Most preaching books I have read assume a single-culture congregation. I have experimented with interactive expository preaching (Introducing the text and original hearer’s context, then asking the congregation to examine the text with some leading questions in small groups. Then I hear the various responses and preach a conclusion to the whole congregation that ties it to the true meaning of the text). Do you know of any book or group doing something similar?

    • Hi Erik – I haven’t heard of anyone or any book doing something similar. The cross-cultural context is one that I have some experience with. It is certainly necessary to understand the world of the specific listeners in this situation, just as we should in any situation. In that sense, a lot of the preaching books do address the situation. Most urban churches in large cities are now multi-cultural. I think it is great that you are looking for ways to engage and connect across cultures.

      Peter

  19. Great Reviews!! I have read several of the above books. Like you, I desire to be a lifelong student of the topic of preaching. I can’t wait to get a copy of the other books that I have not read yet!

    Just a quick question, what do you think about “Christ-centered Preaching” by Bryan Chapell? It doesn’t seem to be in one of the reviews (or maybe I just did not see them).

    • Thanks for the comment. I have read Chappell’s book, and enjoyed it. I haven’t retread it and written a review as I probably should. His fallen condition focus is something I refer to now and then. Definitely worth a read for folks interested in preaching.

  20. Rev. P. Ravi

    The books which you listed are the wonderful books for reading. Really I am appreciating your effort.

  21. Peter, I think you’d like “Expository Preaching with Word Pictures”. It highlights the vivid, gripping preaching style of the Puritan, Thomas Watson.

  22. Philip Dhinakar

    I haven’t read Steven Mathewson but I have used a similar one “The word became fresh-How to preach from Old Testament Narratives” by Dale Ralph Davis.

  23. Neville Carr

    What comment would you make on a possible flaw in much preaching which fails to intersect two texts – Scripture (incl.Theology, Ethics, etc) and Life (incl. Culture, Media, etc), whereby the first provides the lens through which to interpret the second? I’ve listened to between 4-5,000 sermons over my life, very few of which did more than give token explorations of the relationship between the two.
    The literature I’m reading for a book I’m writing suggests that evangelicals may receive reasonably faithful info about Text 1, but hardly anything that speaks into their spheres of influence in either marriage/family or the workplace – by far the major time-consumers for working people at least.
    If the Latin root of ‘sermon’ means ‘conversation’ or ‘dialogue’, why can’t there be a conversation from the pulpit between the two texts – with expert reflections each week from both fields?

    Neville Carr

    • Neville, thanks for your comment. I think you are definitely onto something. Too much preaching is in-house chat within the safety of the evangelical bubble (or ghetto). The Bible properly preached should intersect life in all its aspects, and profoundly probing into the very core of human existence and experience. As Stott put it, we need to build a bridge between the world of the Bible and the world of the listener. Too many are touching both sides too weakly. Simply adding contemporary illustrations is not the same as landing the truth of a passage in the world of the specific listeners present. Thanks for prompting us to think about this!

  24. Thanks Peter for a really helpful, passionate spur to keep studying how to preach better. I loved Haddon Robinson’s book when i studied it at Cornhill, and now want to read the others that made it to your top books list. Keep up the good work! Mike

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