Most influential Books on Preaching

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  1. TomVols

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    In observance of its 25th anniversary, Preaching magazine (an evangelical gem of a homiletics magazine) listed its 25 most influential books on preaching as listed by editors and readers.

    They are:
    #1 Biblical Preaching by Haddon Robinson (Baker Books)
    #2 Homiletic: Moves and Structures by David Buttrick (Fortress Press)
    #3 Between Two Worlds by John R.W. Stott (Eerdmans)
    #4 Preaching by Fred Craddock (Abingdon)
    #5 The Modern Preacher and the Ancient Text by Sidney Greidanus (Eerdmans)
    #6 Christ-Centered Preaching by Bryan Chapell (Baker)
    #7 The Homiletical Plot: The Sermon As Narrative Art Form by Eugene L. Lowry (Westminster John Knox)
    #8 The Supremacy of God in Preaching by John Piper (Baker)
    #9 The Witness of Preaching by Thomas G. Long (Westminster John Knox)
    #10 Rediscovering Expository Preaching by John MacArthur & Masters Seminary faculty (Word)
    #11 Handbook of Contemporary Preaching, edited by Michael Duduit (Broadman)
    #12 Preaching & Preachers by D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones (Zondervan)
    #13 Communicating for a Change by Andy Stanley (Multnomah)
    #14 The Preaching Life by Barbara Brown Taylor (Cowley Publications)
    #15 Preaching the Whole Bible as Christian Scripture by Graeme Goldsworthy (Eerdmans)
    #16 The Burdensome Joy of Preaching by James Earl Massey (Abingdon)
    #17 The Company of the Preachers by David L. Larsen (Kregel)
    #18 360-Degree Preaching by Michael Quicke (Baker)
    #19 Preaching and Teaching with Imagination by Warren W. Wiersbe (Victor)
    #20 Scripture Sculpture by Ramesh Richard (Baker Academic)
    #21 The Art & Craft of Biblical Preaching, edited by Haddon Robinson and Craig Brian Larsen (Zondervan)
    #22 Preaching: The Art of Narrative Exposition by Calvin Miller (Baker)
    #23 The Art of Preaching Old Testament Narrative by Steven Matthewson (Baker Academic)
    #24 Doctrine that Dances by Robert Smith (B&H)
    #25 Concise Encyclopedia of Preaching, edited by William H. Willimon and Richard Lischer (Westminster/John Knox Press)



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  2. luke1616

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    I enjoy reading Smith Wigglesworth.
     
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    Robinson's book is #1 on the list and deserves to be. It is unsurpassed. The best books on homiletics that I have read other than it are by students of his who have built upon it. His book compels the preacher to reduce his sermon to one simple thought in one simple sentence. This is good because, if the preacher has not honed his presentation so that he knows exactly what he is trying to say, it is not likely that his audience will know what he is trying to say.
     
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    I am absolutely amazed that this book is so far down that list.......
    12 Preaching & Preachers by D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones (Zondervan).

    By far the best book I ever read on preaching and preachers.

    Cheers,

    Jim
     
  5. TomVols

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    I agree, Swaimj. I'd argue that in many ways, Haddon's book, and 20, 21, and 23 are all cousins. And all these come from Broadus's classic On the Preparation & Delivery Of Sermons as far as a sermon being based on a proposition (the SGB reprint of the 2nd release of this book should've made the top 25 IMHO).

    Jim, you're right, too. I reread Preaching and Preachers once a year at least.
     
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    The Bible?
     
  7. TomVols

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    Wow.....I'm sure no one ever thought of that one. I know we've never heard that one before :rolleyes::eek::applause::tongue3:

    Actually, if you listen to a lot of preaching, you'll know the Bible has no influence on it whatsoever, especially in most Baptist churches.
     

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