Resource Links

Introduction

Here is a collection of resources from across the web on preaching. Recommended books may be found towards the bottom of the list.

This list is adapted from David Murray’s list presented on his blog, http://headhearthand.org/

PREACHING COURSES

  1. Don Carson’s Lectures On Preaching
  2. Fundamentals Of Expository Preaching – Macarthur and Lawson
  3. Derek Tidball Lectures on Preaching – Justin Taylor
  4. Richard Gaffin Lectures: Reformed Hermeneutics – Justin Taylor
  5. Tim Keller’s New Lectures On Preaching
  6. How Sermons Work: David Murray’s Video Lectures on Preaching

BASICS OF PREACHING

  1. Preaching as Worship
  2. Top 10 Books on Preaching
  3. What You’ll Never Hear About Preaching In Seminary
  4. How Do You Define Preaching? Pure Church by Thabiti Anyabwile
  5. John Wesley’s 12 Rules For Preachers
  6. Praying During Sermon Preparation | Ordinary Pastor
  7. The Craft of Life-Changing Preaching – The Gospel Coalition Blog
  8. A Classical Analysis of Puritan Preaching – Reformation21
  9. Preaching and Sermon Preparation – Reformed Forum
  10. Things I’ve Learned Along the Way… | H.B. Charles Jr.
  11. Four Rules for Preachers – Justin Taylor
  12. Ed Stetzer – Preaching “One-Time” Sermons
  13. 8 rules for preachers from Luther – Reformation21 Blog
  14. Preachers on Preaching | The Cripplegate
  15. Reflections on Great Bible Teaching (Part 1, Part 2)
  16. 40 Lessons I’ve Learned About Preaching After My 400th Sermon | Pastoralized
  17. Sermon preparation – Ray Ortlund
  18. 6 Bullet Points on Preaching | Challies Dot Com
  19. Four Easy (and often overlooked) Tips that Could Improve Your Preaching | Ordinary Pastor
  20. Ligon Duncan on Lloyd-Jones – Kevin DeYoung
  21. 10 steps to better preaching | Mission-minded Church | Sydneyanglicans.net
  22. Don’t Strive To Be a Great Preacher – Reformation21 Blog
  23. Josh Moody on Preaching – Justin Taylor
  24. Paul Washer on Homiletics | The Cripplegate
  25. Help in Preaching the Hardest Sermons – Justin Taylor
  26. Principles for preaching « The Wanderer
  27. Lloyd-Jones on the Practice of Real Preaching – The Gospel Coalition Blog
  28. 7 Ways to Preach a Lousy Sermon by Ken Collins -SermonCentral.com
  29. 7 Marks of Great Preaching by David Lose -SermonCentral.com
  30. Practical Tips for Expository Preachers | Crossway
  31. Urban Legends: The Preacher’s Edition : Kingdom People
  32. How Shall They Hear Without a Preacher? – Reformation21
  33. What is Homiletics? on Vimeo
  34. YouTube – What is Redemptive-Historical Preaching?
  35. How to Think of Sermon Preparation and Delivery Like a Three-Course Meal – Justin Taylor
  36. Practical Questions On Preaching | Proclamation Trust
  37. Greg Beale on Preaching
  38. Gospel-Centered Preaching : Kingdom People
  39. The Imperative of the Indicative: Preaching Christ from the Gospels
  40. An Outline for a Process of Sermon Preparation – Justin Taylor
  41. From Text To Sermon (Video) | HeadHeartHand
  42. Normal sermon prep? Really? | HeadHeartHand
  43. Six steps of sermon preparation | HeadHeartHand
  44. What Does It Mean To “Preach Christ?” | HeadHeartHand
  45. 8 Lessons I Learned About Preaching From Painting My Kitchen | HeadHeartHand
  46. The secret to powerful preaching | HeadHeartHand
  47. What Is Preaching? | HeadHeartHand
  48. Dying To Preach | HeadHeartHand
  49. Six Keys To Excellence In Preaching | HeadHeartHand
  50. Tell Them One Thing | HeadHeartHand
  51. Great preachers are great listeners (and lovers) | HeadHeartHand
  52. God Blesses Beta Sermons | HeadHeartHand
  53. A preacher who dreads sermon preparation? | HeadHeartHand
  54. Sermon Eurekas | HeadHeartHand
  55. White Space For Preachers | HeadHeartHand
  56. 10 Pointers for Young Preachers | Biblical Preaching
  57. Faithful Expository Preaching Is Christ-Centered Preaching | Prince on Preaching
  58. What to Know When You Are the Guest PreacherPreach Truth – Better
  59. 5 Radars Every Preacher Needs | Biblical Preaching
  60. Spurgeon on Expositional Reading and Teaching in the Worship Service? – Feeding on Christ
  61. The 5 Most Frustrating Things Pastors Do | ChurchPastor.com
  62. 4 Reasons Why Some Preachers Get Better and Others Don’t by Hershael York -SermonCentral.com
  63. R-Rated Texts for an R-Rated World – The Gospel Coalition Blog
  64. 10 Lessons I Learned From My Mistakes in Preaching – Justin Taylor
  65. Seven Habits of Highly Effective Preachers – ThomRainer.com
  66. A Preaching Confession | Gentle Reformation
  67. Don’t Outsource Your Sermon Prep
  68. 50 Strategies for Better Preaching | TGC
  69. Four Things To Keep In Mind For Your “Last Sermon” – Feeding on Christ
  70. The Best Way to Improve Your Preaching – Borrowed Light
  71. 8 Ways You Might Be Losing People in Your Sermons
  72. Preparing for the pulpit – Reformation21 Blog
  73. Moore to the Point – What Martin Luther King Can Teach Us About Preaching
  74. The Role of the Imagination in Good Preaching – Justin Taylor
  75. A Key Sign that You Are Maturing as a Preacher | Canon Fodder
  76. Sermon Prep for the Bivocational Pastor | PhilipNation.net
  77. 21 Skills of Great Preachers | JoshuaReich.org
  78. 4 Sermon Types to Avoid by Derek Thomas | Ligonier Ministries Blog
  79. Getting Through a Preaching Slump – Pure Church by Thabiti Anyabwile

EXEGESIS

  1. 10 Questions For Expositors – Brian Croft
  2. 10 Tips From Wayne Grudem On Bible Interpretation
  3. Pointers for Preaching Epistles Effectively(Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5)
  4. The dilemma of preaching and hearing God’s word | The Briefing
  5. Preaching and Word Studies(Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5)
  6. Extended Gestation | Biblical Preaching
  7. The Peculiar Pleasure of Difficult Sermons « unashamed
  8. BibleX: Five Crucial Sermon Questions
  9. Snapshot Sermons | HeadHeartHand
  10. Dangerous dissection | HeadHeartHand
  11. 7 types of preacher’s block (and what to do about them) | HeadHeartHand
  12. Sermon prep and the chemistry of fear | HeadHeartHand
  13. 7 easy steps to much faster sermon prep | HeadHeartHand
  14. Catchy sermon titles? | HeadHeartHand
  15. How to Write Better Sermon Titles – Pro Preacher
  16. What will I preach on? | HeadHeartHand
  17. Investing In Sermon Titles | HeadHeartHand
  18. 10,000 Hours to a Great Sermon? | HeadHeartHand
  19. Four Reasons Why Some Preachers Get Better and Others Don’t | TGC | The Gospel Coalition
  20. Overcoming Preacher’s Block | Biblical Preaching
  21. Top 20 Christ-Centered Expository Preaching Checklist « Prince on Preaching Prince on Preaching
  22. Reading and Preaching the Text in Context – Feeding on Christ
  23. BibleX: Suggestions for Crafting Message Statements
  24. Pyromaniacs: Preaching Proverbs 6 — introduction and overview (#1)
  25. Pyromaniacs: Preaching Proverbs 6 — getting started (#2)
  26. Pyromaniacs: Preaching Proverbs 6 — getting in shape to preach (#4)
  27. God’s Word is most powerful in context | The Briefing
  28. Koinonia: Hebrew and You with Lee M. Fields — The Art and Force of Ps 119:1-8: Part 3
  29. Koinonia: My Advice to Students — Van Pelt Shares Solid Languages Advice He Got and Wished He Got
  30. Credo Magazine » D. A. Carson on Biblical Exegesis
  31. 7 Ways to Do a Bad Word Study. | Scribblepreach
  32. Disciple-Making and Sentence Diagramming [Compilation + PDF] | Tim Brister
  33. Borrowed Light: The Googlization of Bible Study
  34. Typology Preserves Biblical Inerrancy Against Ehrman’s Mistake | For His Renown
  35. Do Not Muzzle the Ox: Does Paul Quote Moses Out of Context? – Justin Taylor
  36. Chiasms on the Brain? | For His Renown
  37. Do You Make These 5 Common Word Study Mistakes? | Pastoralized
  38. So What Is “Theological Interpretation of Scripture”? – Justin Taylor
  39. Your Theological System Should Tell You How to Exegete – Kevin DeYoung
  40. Book Reviews | Interview: Invitation To Biblical Interpretation – The Gospel Coalition
  41. BibleX: The Exegetical Habit
  42. Jesus Redeems a Psalm: What a Difference “Christotelicity” Makes!
  43. 3 Steps for Interpreting Old Testament Pairings | Logos Talk: The Logos Bible Software Blog
  44. ABC Study « Gentle Reformation
  45. 11 Questions Every Pastor Should Ask : Kingdom People
  46. Fight the Text Before You Flee to Christ – The Gospel Coalition Blog
  47. ESV GreekTools – Justin Taylor
  48. More on Quality Exegesis « Reading Acts
  49. Women Weeping Over Diagrammed Sentences – The Gospel Coalition Blog
  50. Can That Be Right? The New Testament’s Use of Old Testament Prophecy – Kevin DeYoung
  51. Home – How To Do A Word Study Without Knowing Hebrew Or Greek – Azusa Pacific University
  52. Word Studies
  53. Feeding on Christ » Blog Archive » The Puritan Exegesis Project: William Cowper on 2 Cor. 5:5
  54. Plummer’s Primer to Hermeneutics: A Must-Have : Kingdom People
  55. Three Questions with Gerald Bray: On Three Questions to Ask of Biblical Texts – Justin Taylor
  56. Koinonia: Three Views on the New Testament use of the Old Testament Darrell Bock, Walt Kaiser, and Pete Enns

EXPOSITORY PREACHING

  1. Hearing Both Sides Of The Preaching Debate « unashamed
  2. 7 Reasons in Support of Consecutive Exposition of the Scripture
  3. 6 Advantages Of Consecutive Expository Preaching | NWBingham.com
  4. 9 Reasons Why I Preach Expositionally by Danny Slavich -SermonCentral.com
  5. Maybe I Do Want Topical Preaching? | 9Marks
  6. Why Should a Pastor Preach through Whole Books of the Bible…Even the Hard Ones?
  7. Pros and cons of consecutive expository preaching | HeadHeartHand
  8. ‘Expository Preaching’ – Time for Caution
  9. Seven Qualities of Expository Preaching
  10. 9 Reasons for Consecutive Expository Preaching | The Briefing

COMMENTARIES

  1. Don Carson’s Best Commentaries
  2. Joel Beeke’s Best Commentaries
  3. Best Commentaries
  4. Best Commentaries: Top 2 for each book
  5. Ligonier: Top 5 Commentaries on every book of the Bible
  6. Desiring God Recommendations
  7. Tim Challies’ Top 5 Commentaries
  8. Carson Explains What Makes a Good Commentary – The Gospel Coalition Blog
  9. 5 Reasons Why You Should Consult Commentaries | David L. Allen
  10. A Short Commentary on Commentaries (Acts) – Kevin DeYoung
  11. How To Use a Commentary | capsministry.com
  12. 6 Reasons to Dig Into Calvin’s Commentaries – The Gospel Coalition Blog
  13. Why a Commentary?
  14. Commentaries as a Ministry by Douglas Moo | Reformed Theology Articles at Ligonier.org

INTRODUCTION

  1. The one sentence most public speakers get wrong | Articles
  2. How not to start a sermon | HeadHeartHand

STRUCTURE

  1. 20 Sermon Structures | HeadHeartHand

DELIVERY

  1. Delivery Dynamics: Are You You? | Biblical Preaching
  2. Delivery Dynamics: Will They Listen | Biblical Preaching
  3. How to Transition Between the Points of Your Sermon without Losing Your Audience | Pastoralized
  4. Neither Padded, Nor Dense | Biblical Preaching
  5. Ways to Capture and Hold Attention, Part 1 | hopeingod.org
  6. Ways to Capture and Hold Attention, Part 2 | hopeingod.org
  7. The Missing Ingredient in Many Sermons | Ordinary Pastor
  8. BibleX: Teaching vs. Preaching
  9. (42) Ask RC- What’s the difference between teaching and preaching?
  10. The difference between a lecture and a sermon – Reformation21 Blog
  11. The Personality of the Preacher | Biblical Preaching
  12. The Personality of the Preacher 2 | Biblical Preaching
  13. The Personality of the Preacher 3 | Biblical Preaching
  14. Becoming Well-Spoken: How to Minimize Your Uh’s and Um’s | The Art of Manliness
  15. How We Are Judged by Our Voice in Dating and the Workplace | Psychology Today
  16. Pastors: Don’t Just Quote but Be Quotable | Ordinary Pastor
  17. When Presenting, Remember To Pause | HBR
  18. Luther on sermon length « Expository Thoughts
  19. How long should my sermons be when I preach? | Practical Shepherding
  20. How long?
  21. Pyromaniacs: On the Folly of Preaching too Long
  22. Writing A Book – Structure
  23. A Presenter’s Guide to Remembering What to Say – Harvard Business Review
  24. How to Improve Your Public Speaking by Practicing Out Loud
  25. Voice lessons | The Christian Century
  26. Preaching: Simple, not Simplistic | NWBingham.com
  27. Paradoxically Speaking: Simple Preaching
  28. Simplicity And Love In Preaching
  29. Pace and preaching | Don’t Stop Believing
  30. A plea for profound simplicity | HeadHeartHand
  31. Preachers wearing too much make-up | HeadHeartHand
  32. The charity of clarity | HeadHeartHand
  33. Notes from My Speech Coach
  34. The Manner Is The Message | HeadHeartHand
  35. 10 Foolish Obstacles To The Foolishness Of Preaching | HeadHeartHand
  36. 8 Ways Preachers Harm The Depressed | HeadHeartHand
  37. Truthful + Beautiful = Faithful |HeadHeartHand
  38. Top 10 preaching mistakes | HeadHeartHand
  39. David Wilkerson’s heartfelt plea for “anguish” | HeadHeartHand
  40. Should We Practice Preaching? HeadHeartHand
  41. Learning to preach from non-preachers | HeadHeartHand
  42. The preacher’s vocal toolbox | HeadHeartHand
  43. Overcoming The Frustration Barrier In Preaching | HeadHeartHand
  44. Freshen Up Your Preaching | HeadHeartHand
  45. How Not To Preach Boring Sermons | HeadHeartHand
  46. 8 Ways to Become a Warm-Hearted Preacher | Biblical Preaching
  47. The Cost of Dull Preaching and Teaching – Borrowed Light
  48. Preaching Earnestly | Gentle Reformation
  49. 4 Characteristics of Earnest Preaching | The Christward Collective
  50. 88 Questions Because Delivery Makes a Difference – III | Biblical Preaching
  51. Credo Magazine » Preaching Through Mental Fog (Timothy Raymond)
  52. 20 World-Class Presentation Experts Share Their Top Tips
  53. 5 words on extemporaneous preaching
  54. Be More Specific Than “Points” or “Things” | Andy Naselli
  55. The Danger of Self-Awareness in Preaching – The Gospel Coalition Blog
  56. 4 Characteristics of Spirit-Empowered Preaching
  57. Your Default Preaching Tone | Biblical Preaching
  58. Is Your Body Language Hurting Your Preaching? | Pro Preacher
  59. Strengthening Sermon Delivery

INFORMATION OVERLOAD

  1. Preaching with Authority | Gentle Reformation
  2. Sermon Prep for the Bivocational Pastor | PhilipNation.net
  3. Simple, Practical Ways to Improve Your Preaching | Ordinary Pastor
  4. Let the Tone of Your Sermon Match the Tone of the Text – Trevin Wax
  5. Deadly, dull and boring | The Briefing
  6. How To Spice Up Bland Sermons | Ordinary Pastor
  7. The Top Mistakes I Make in Preaching ← Julian Freeman
  8. Strawberry-Rhubarb Theology: Top Ten Ways to Make Your Preaching Clearer
  9. How to Preach without Putting People to Sleep – Justin Taylor
  10. Transitions | Biblical Preaching
  11. 6 Ways to Preach with Passion (Hint: Yelling Isn’t One of Them) | Pastoralized
  12. Delivery Dynamics: Are You You? | Biblical Preaching
  13. Delivery Dynamics: Will They Listen | Biblical Preaching

NOTES

  1. Paper or Plastic? Why I hate handwritten sermon notes | The Cripplegate
  2. Preaching from an iPad | Proclamation Trust
  3. 10 Steps to Preach From Your iPad | Challies Dot Com
  4. Adam’s Apple: Preaching from an iPad | The Cripplegate
  5. Tim Keller on Writing a Sermon – YouTube
  6. Sermon Notes | Proclamation Trust
  7. Is Preaching Without Notes The Most Authentic? | Proclamation Trust
  8. BibleX: The Value of a Good Outline
  9. More Thoughts on Sermon Manuscripts « Provocations & Pantings
  10. Moving Toward Noteless | Biblical Preaching
  11. C. S. Lewis’s Advice on Writing Well – Justin Taylor
  12. Preaching Without Notes | Connected Kingdom Podcast
  13. Preaching Without Notes (1) | HeadHeartHand
  14. Preaching Without Notes (2) | HeadHeartHand

 

FUNCTIONAL ELEMENTS IN PREACHING

EXHORTATION

  1. Preaching When You Don’t Feel Like It

APPLICATION

  1. Apply Liberally?: How Application Can Misrepresent Scripture
  2. Clarity and discretion – Reformation21 Blog
  3. Preaching that Cuts to the Heart – The Gospel Coalition Blog
  4. Pyromaniacs: Ways to profit from an expository sermon
  5. Every Pastor is a Translator | H.B. Charles Jr.
  6. Making Truth Memorable | Biblical Preaching
  7. Cross-References
  8. Preaching to the Mixed Congregation | Biblical Preaching
  9. Preaching to the Heart | Biblical Preaching
  10. 5 Ways to Immediately Improve Your Preaching | Ordinary Pastor
  11. How to Preach Like Phil Ryken and Duane Litfin Without Sounding Like Them | Pastoralized
  12. 15 Ways to Improve Clarity | Biblical Preaching
  13. Show Then Tell – Free eBook On Sermon Illustrations
  14. The Christian Curmudgeon: Don’t Tase Me, Bro
  15. A Call for Authoritative Preaching
  16. How To Astonish The World | HeadHeartHand
  17. Preaching with Bold Assurance: An Interview with Hershael York : Kingdom People
  18. Don’t Be Afraid To Preach To The Affections
  19. Preaching for Application – Justin Taylor
  20. Should Preachers Show Their Work? Or, Should Our Preaching Train People to Read the Bible? | For His Renown
  21. Preaching to the Whole Choir – Kevin DeYoung
  22. Does a Sermon Really Change Anybody? « Preaching Barefoot
  23. What Is Application? | HeadHeartHand
  24. 8 Principles of Application | HeadHeartHand
  25. Emotional Intelligence | HeadHeartHand
  26. Preaching To All Ages | HeadHeartHand
  27. Steve Jobs On Preaching | HeadHeartHand
  28. Disarming Your Hearers | HeadHeartHand
  29. Preaching that Cuts to the Heart – The Gospel Coalition Blog
  30. Preaching And Application (Pt 2) | The Heidelblog
  31. Learning the Art of Sermon Application – The Gospel Coalition Blog
  32. Gospel-Centered Application of the Word | Tim Brister
  33. Preaching & Application 5 | Biblical Preaching
  34. The Danger of Leaving the “Why” Out of Your Application | Pastoralized
  35. Preaching Careful, Consistent Application: A Conversation with Jonathan Leeman – Trevin Wax
  36. Charles Simeon on Discriminatory Preaching – Reformation21 Blog
  37. Preaching for Application – Justin Taylor
  38. Application in the Sermon

ILLUSTRATION

  1. Thoughts On Illustrations
  2. How to Guarantee Your Sermon Illustrations Succeed by Eric McKiddie – ChurchLeaders.com 
  3. The Value of Sermon Introductions: How to Stop Giving Your Congregation Theological Whiplash | Pastoralized
  4. 3 Things Photographers Can Teach You about Developing an Eye for Sermon Illustrations | Pastoralized
  5. 12 Reasons for Using Sermon Ilustrations
  6. The Easier Path to Sermon Illustrations – The Gospel Coalition Blog
  7. Why I Use Illustrations in My Teaching and Preaching by Erik Raymond | Ligonier Ministries Blog
  8. What makes for a good illustration? | Blogging Theologically
  9. 12 Steps to Strong Sermon Illustrations | Pastoralized
  10. Illustrating the Sermon
  11. Preach the Word that Illustrates Memorable Illustrations

OLD TESTAMENT PREACHING
There’s a lot more here:
Top 200 Online Articles on Preaching Christ From The Old Testament
Top 70 HeadHeartHand Articles on Preaching Christ From The Old Testament

  1. Top 10 Books on Christ in the Old Testament
  2. Top 20 Online Resources on Christ in Proverbs
  3. Top 70 Online Resources on the Psalms
  4. “On Preaching Christ from Daniel” by Sidney Greidanus
  5. Preaching Through Joshua | Preaching.com
  6. Dale Ralph Davis on Preaching and Praying the Psalms « unashamed
  7. The Apostolic Hermenuetic: Preaching Christ From All The Scriptures
  8. BibleX: Preaching Amos
  9. A Review: “The Word Became Fresh: How to Preach from Old Testament Narrative Texts”
  10. BibleX: Reasons for Preaching Predictive Prophecy
  11. Pyromaniacs: The sting of sending a sluggard: Preaching a single verse from a chiasm in Proverbs
  12. To Cut a Long Story Short: Preaching Obadiah | the Cripplegate
  13. Psalm 119: A Text Driven Life

EVANGELISTIC PREACHING

  1. The Secret to Spurgeon’s Evangelistic Ministry by Steven Lawson | Ligonier Ministries Blog
  2. Stop preaching only to the choir? | The Briefing
  3. 5 Ways Pastors Can Improve Their Apologetic Preaching – The Gospel Coalition Blog
  4. Evangelistic Preaching on Sunday Morning? – Justin Taylor
  5. What is evangelistic preaching? | HeadHeartHand
  6. 4 kinds of evangelistic sermons | HeadHeartHand
  7. Why is evangelistic preaching so rare today? | HeadHeartHand
  8. 4 characteristics of evangelistic preaching | HeadHeartHand
  9. 4 (more) characteristics of evangelistic preaching | HeadHeartHand
  10. What does an evangelistic sermon look like? | HeadHeartHand

EVALUATING PREACHING

  1. Deep Preaching: Theological Matters
  2. Moore to the Point – Good News for Bad Preachers
  3. How should a pastor respond when he is complimented about his sermon? | Practical Shepherding
  4. Teaching preaching | The Briefing
  5. Flattery Can Kill – The Gospel Coalition Blog
  6. An assessment of preaching « The Wanderer
  7. The Three Basic Forms of Defective Preaching « Building Old School Churches
  8. 3 Reasons Why PowerPoint Preaching is Not Prophetic
  9. How do you do expositional preaching poorly? | 9Marks
  10. How To Critique A Sermon | HeadHeartHand 
  11. BibleX: Responding to Praise

THEOLOGY OF PREACHING

  1. The Secret to Great Preaching by Steven W. Smith
  2. The Good to Great Shepherd & Biblical Genre by Steven W. Smith
  3. Preach the Word of Christ: the Cross and the Pulpit

HISTORY OF PREACHING

  1. The History of Southern Baptist Preaching
  2. The Preaching of WA Criswell

PREACHING GENRES

  1. Recapturing the Voice of God by Steven W. Smith
  2. Shorter Stories: Preaching the Short Parables of Christ by Steven W. Smith
  3. Double Parables by Steven W. Smith
  4. Shorter Stories by Steven W. Smith
  5. Preaching Revelation by Steven W. Smith
  6. Preaching Parables by Steven W. Smith
  7. Preaching Prophecy by Steven W. Smith
  8. Preaching Law by Steven W. Smith
  9. Preaching Old Testament Narrative by Steven W. Smith
  10. Preaching Gospel Narratives by Steven W. Smith
  11. Preaching Wisdom by Steven W. Smith
  12. Preaching the Psalms by Steven W. Smith
  13. Why Genre Matters in Preaching by Steven W. Smith
  14. Why Genre Matters in Preaching, Part 1 by Steven W. Smith

Books

Disclaimer: The following books represent the Preaching PhD Bibliography for the School of Preaching at Southwestern Seminary. Southwestern does not advocate the theological position of each book, but rather they are included to demonstrate scholarship across a wide swath of homiletic and theological positions.  

 

General

Allen, Ronald J., Barbara Shires Blaisdell, and Scott Black Johnston. Theology for Preaching: Authority, Truth, and Knowledge of God in a Postmodern Ethos. Nashville: Abingdon, 1997 | Amazon

Alter, Robert. The Art of Biblical Narrative. New York: Basic, 1981 | Amazon

Awbrey, Ben. How Effective Sermons Begin. Scotland, UK: Christian Focus Publications, 2008 | Amazon

Barth, Karl. Homiletics. Translated by Geoffrey W. Bromiley and Donald E. Daniels. Louisville: Westminster John Knox, 1991 | Amazon

________. The Preaching of the Gospel. Translated by B. E. Hooke. Philadelphia: Westminster, 1963 | Amazon

________. The Word of God and the Word of Man. Magnolia, MA: Peter Smith, 1958 | Amazon

Baxter, Batsell Barrett. The Heart of the Yale Lectures. Grand Rapids: Baker, 1971 | Amazon

Baxter, Richard. The Reformed Pastor. Edited by William Brown. 5th ed. London: Religious Tract Society, 1862 | Amazon

Beecher, Henry Ward. Yale Lectures on Preaching. New York: J. B. Ford, 1872 | Amazon

Bonhoeffer, Dietrich. Worldly Preaching: Lectures on Homiletics. Edited by Clyde E. Fant. Rev. ed. New York: Crossroad, 1991 | Amazon

Broadus, John Albert. A Treatise on the Preparation and Delivery of Sermons. Edited by Edwin Charles Dargan. New York: A. C. Armstrong and Son, 1898 | Amazon

Brooks, Phillips. The Joy of Preaching. London: H. R. Allenson, 1895. Reprint, Grand Rapids: Kregel, 1989 | Amazon

Brown, Jr., H. C., H. Gordon Clinard, Jesse J. Northcutt, and Al Fasol. Steps to the Sermon: An Eight-Step Plan for Preaching with Confidence. Rev. ed. Nashville: Broadman & Holman, 1996 | Amazon

________. A Quest for Reformation in Preaching. Waco: Word, 1968 | Amazon

Brueggemann, Walter. Cadences of Home: Preaching Among Exiles. Louisville: Westminster John Knox, 1997 | Amazon

________. Finally Comes the Poet: Daring Speech for Proclamation. Minneapolis: Fortress, 1989 | Amazon

Busch, Wilhelm. Jesus predigen. Neukirchen-Vluyn: Aussaat-/Schriftenm, 2001 | Amazon

Chapell, Bryan. Christ-Centered Preaching: Redeeming the Expository Sermon. 2nd ed. Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2005 | Amazon

Cox, James W. Preaching: A Comprehensive Approach to the Design and Delivery of Sermons. San Francisco: Harper & Row, 1985 | Amazon

Davis, Henry Grady. Design for Preaching. Philadelphia: Fortress, 1958 | Amazon

Day, David, Jeff Astley, and Leslie J. Francis. A Reader on Preaching: Making Connections. Burlington, VT: Ashgate, 2005 | Amazon

Duduit, Michael. Handbook of Contemporary Preaching. Nashville, TN: Broadman Press, 1992 | Amazon

Edwards, J. Kent. Deep Preaching. Nashville: Broadman & Holman, 2009 | Amazon

Fasol, Al. A Complete Guide to Sermon Delivery. Nashville: Broadman & Holman, 1996 | Amazon

Gordon, T. David. Why Johnny Can’t Preach. Phillipsburg, NJ: P&R, 2009 | Amazon

Greidanus, Sidney. The Modern Preacher and the Ancient Text: Interpreting and Preaching Biblical Literature. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1988 | Amazon

Hurel, Augustin Jean. Les Orateurs Sacrés à la Cour de Louis XIV. Genève: Slatkine Reprints, 1971 | Amazon

Kaiser, Jr., Walter C. Preaching and Teaching from the Old Testament: A Guide for the Church. Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2003 | Amazon

Klein, George L., ed. Reclaiming the Prophetic Mantle: Preaching the Old Testament Faithfully. Nashville: Broadman, 1992 | Amazon

Klippert, Wolfgang. Vom Text zur Predigt: Grundlage und Praxis biblischer Verkündigung. 5th ed. Witten: Brockhaus, 2006 | Amazon

Larsen, David L. The Anatomy of Preaching: Identifying the Issues in Preaching Today. Grand Rapids: Baker, 1989 | Amazon

Lischer, Richard. Theories of Preaching: Selected Reading in the Homiletical Tradition. Durham, NC: Labyrinth, 1987 | Amazon

Lloyd-Jones, D. Martyn. Preaching and Preachers. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1971 | Amazon

Long, Thomas G. The Witness of Preaching. Louisville: Westminster John Knox, 1989 | Amazon

Massey, James Earl. The Burdensome Joy of Preaching. Nashville, TN: Abingdon, 1998 | Amazon

Mathews, Alice. Preaching That Speaks to Women. Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2003 | Amazon

McDill, Wayne. The 12 Essential Skills for Great Preaching. Nashville: Broadman & Holman, 1994 | Amazon

Merida, Tony. Faithful Preaching. Nashville: B&H Publishing, 2009 | Amazon

Miller, Calvin. Preaching: the Art of Narrative Exposition. Grand Rapids: Baker, 2006 | Amazon

Mitchell, Henry H. Black Preaching: The Recovery of a Powerful Art. Nashville: Abingdon, 1990 | Amazon

Mohler, R. Albert, Jr. He is Not Silent: Preaching in a Postmodern World. Chicago, IL: Moody Press, 2008 | Amazon

Mounce, Robert H. The Essential Nature of New Testament Preaching. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1960 | Amazon

Olford, Stephen F. and David L. Olford. Anointed Expository Preaching. Nashville: Broadman & Holman, 1998 | Amazon

Piper, John. The Supremacy of God in Preaching. Rev ed. Grand Rapids: Baker, 2004 | Amazon

Plantinga, Cornelius Jr. Reading for Preaching. Grand Rapids: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 2013 | Amazon

Quicke, Michael J. 360-Degree Preaching: Hearing, Speaking, and Living the Word. Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2001 | Amazon

Robinson, Haddon W. and Torrey Robinson. It’s All In How You Tell It: Preaching First-Person Expository Messages. Grand Rapids: Baker, 2003 | Amazon

________ and Craig Brian Larsen. The Art and Craft of Biblical Preaching. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2005 | Amazon

Rummage, Stephen. Planning Your Preaching: A Step-By-Step Guide for Developing a One-Year Preaching Calendar. Grand Rapids: Kregel, 2002 | Amazon

Smith, Robert Jr. Doctrine that Dances. Nashville: B&H Publishers, 2008 | Amazon

Stanley, Andy. Communicating for a Change. Oregon: Multnomah Publishers, 2006 | Amazon

Stewart, James S. Heralds of God: A Practical Book on Preaching. London: Hodder & Stoughton, 1946. Reprint, Grand Rapids: Baker, 1972 | Amazon

Stott, John R. W. Between Two Worlds: The Art of Preaching in the Twentieth Century. 1st American ed. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1982 | Amazon

Taylor, Gardner C. How Shall They Preach? Elgin: Progressive Baptist, 1977 | Amazon

Thompson, James. Preaching Like Paul: Homiletical Wisdom for Today. Louisville: Westminster John Knox, 2000 | Amazon

Willimon, William H. and Richard Lischer, eds. Concise Encyclopedia of Preaching. Louisville: Westminster John Knox, 1995 | Amazon

Wilson, Paul Scott. Imagination of the Heart: New Understandings in Preaching. Nashville: Abingdon, 1988 | Amazon

Wilson, Paul Scott, Jana Childers, Cleophus J. Larue, and John M. Rottman. The New Interpreter’s Handbook of Preaching. Nashville: Abingdon Press, 2008 | Amazon

York, Herschael W. and Bert Decker. Preaching With Bold Assurance: A Solid and Enduring Approach to Engaging Exposition. Nashville: Broadman & Holman, 2003 | Amazon

Litfin, A. Duane and Haddon W. Robinson, eds. Vol. 2, Recent Homiletical Thought: An Annotated Bibliography. Grand Rapids: Baker, 1983 | Amazon

Toohey, William and William D. Thompson, eds. Vol. 1, Recent Homiletical Thought: A Bibliography. Nashville: Abingdon, 1967 | Amazon

 

Communication Theory

Mayer, Lyle Vernon. Fundamentals of Voice and Diction. 10th ed. Madison, WI: WCB Brown & Benchmark, 1994 | Amazon

McLuhan, Eric and Frank Zingrone, eds. Essential McLuhan. New York: Basic Books, 1996 | Amazon

Ong, Walter J. Orality and Literacy: The Technologizing of the Word. London: Routledge, 2002 | Amazon

Postman, Neil. Amusing Ourselves to Death: Public Discourse in the Age of Show Business. 20th anniversary ed. New York: Penguin Books, 2006 | Amazon

 

Exegesis/Hermeneutics

Bailey, Raymond. Hermeneutics for Preaching: Approaches to Contemporary Interpretation of Scripture. Nashville: Broadman, 1992 | Amazon

Bray, Gerald. Biblical Interpretation: Past & Present. Downers Grove: InterVarsity, 1996 | Amazon

Carson, D. A. Exegetical Fallacies. 2nd ed. Grand Rapids: Baker, 1996 | Amazon

________ and John D. Woodbridge, eds. Hermeneutics, Authority, and Canon. Grand Rapids: Academie, 1986 | Amazon

Chisolm, Robert B. From Exegesis to Exposition: A Practical Guide to Using Biblical Hebrew. Grand Rapids: Baker, 1998 | Amazon

Corley, Bruce, Steve W. Lemke, and Grant I. Lovejoy, eds. Biblical Hermeneutics: A Comprehensive Introduction to Interpreting Scripture. 2nd ed. Nashville: Broadman & Holman, 2002 | Amazon

Doriani, Daniel M. Putting the Truth to Work: The Theory and Practice of Biblical Application. Phillipsburg, NJ: Presbyterian & Reformed, 2001 | Amazon

Eriksson, Anders, Thomas H. Olbricht, and Walter G. Ubelacker, eds. Rhetorical Argumentation in Biblical Texts: Essays from the Lund 2000 Conference. Harrisburg, PA: Trinity, 2002 | Amazon

Fee, Gordon D. New Testament Exegesis: A Handbook for Students and Pastors. 3rd ed. Louisville: Westminster John Knox, 2002 | Amazon

Goldsworthy, Graeme. Preaching the Whole Bible as Christian Scripture: The Application of Biblical Theology to Expository Preaching. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2000 | Amazon

Greidanus, Sidney. Preaching Christ from the Old Testament: A Contemporary Hermeneutical Method. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2000 | Amazon

Hirsch, Jr. E.D. Validity in Interpretation. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1967 | Amazon

Johnson, Elliot E. Expository Hermeneutics: An Introduction. Grand Rapids: Academie, 1990 | Amazon

Kaiser, Jr., Walter C. Toward an Exegetical Theology: Biblical Exegesis for Preaching and Teaching. 1st pbk. ed. Grand Rapids: Baker, 1998 | Amazon

Knight, Douglas A. and Gene M. Tucker, eds. Hebrew Bible and Its Modern Interpreters. Bible and Its Modern Interpreters, vol. 1. Chico, CA: Scholars, 1985 | Amazon

Liefeld, Walter L. New Testament Exposition: From Text to Sermon. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1984 | Amazon

Longenecker, Richard N. Biblical Exegesis in the Apostolic Period. 2nd ed. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1999 | Amazon

Osborne, Grant R. The Hermeneutical Spiral: A Comprehensive Introduction to Biblical Interpretation. 2nd ed. Downers Grove: InterVarsity, 2006 | Amazon

Packer, J. I. God Has Spoken: Revelation and the Bible. 3rd ed. Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 1994 | Amazon

Radmacher, Earl D. and Robert D. Preus, eds. Hermeneutics, Inerrancy, & the Bible. Grand Rapids: Academie, 1984 | Amazon

Ricoeur, Paul. Interpretation Theory: Discourse and the Surplus of Meaning. Fort Worth: Texas Christian University Press, 1976 | Amazon

Silva, Moises. Biblical Words & Their Meaning: An Introduction to Lexical Semantics. Rev. and exp. ed. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1994 | Amazon

Steck, Odil Hannes. Old Testament Exegesis: A Guide to the Methodology. 2nd ed. Translated by James D. Nogalski. Atlanta: Scholars, 1998 | Amazon

Stuart, Douglas K. Old Testament Exegesis: A Handbook for Students and Pastors. 3rd ed. Louisville: Westminster John Knox, 2001 | Amazon

Thiselton, Anthony C. New Horizons in Hermeneutics. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1992 | Amazon

VanGemeren, Willem A., ed. New International Dictionary of Old Testament Theology & Exegesis. Vol. 1-5, A Guide to Old Testament Theology and Exegesis. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1997 | Amazon

Vanhoozer, Kevin J. Is There a Meaning in This Text?: The Bible, the Reader, and the Morality of Literary Knowledge. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1998 | Amazon

 

Expository Preaching

Akin, Daniel L., Allen, David L. Text-Driven Preaching. B&H Academic: Nashville, 2010 | Amazon

Chapell, Bryan. Christ-Centered Preaching: Redeeming the Expository Sermon. 2nd ed. Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2005 | Amazon

Dabney, Robert L. Evangelical Eloquence: A Course of Lectures on Preaching. Edinburgh: Banner of Truth Trust, 1999 | Amazon

Doriani, Daniel M. Getting the Message. Peabody: P & R Publishing, 1996 | Amazon

Heisler, Greg. Spirit-Led Preaching: The Holy Spirit’s Role in Sermon Preparation and Delivery. Nashville: B&H Academics, 2007 | Amazon

Kellum, Scott L. Preaching the Farewell Discourse. Nashville: B&H Publishing, 2013 | Amazon

Kuruvilla, Abraham. Privilege the Text. Chicago: Moody Publishers, 2013 | Amazon

MacArthur, Jr., John and the Master’s Seminary Faculty. Rediscovering Expository Preaching. Edited by Richard Mayhue. Dallas: Word, 1992 | Amazon.

Meyer, Jason C. Preaching: A Biblical Theology. Memphis: Crossway Publishing, 2013 | Amazon

Richard, Ramesh. Preparing Expository Sermons: A Seven-Step Method for Biblical Preaching. Rev. ed. Grand Rapids: Baker, 2001 | Amazon

Robinson, Haddon W. Biblical Preaching: The Development and Delivery of Expository Messages. 2nd ed. Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2001 | Amazon

Sunukjian, Donald R. Invitation to Biblical Preaching: Proclaiming Truth with Clarity and Relevance. Grand Rapids: Kregel, 2007 | Amazon.

Vines, Jerry and Jim Shaddix. Power in the Pulpit: How to Prepare and Deliver Expository Sermons. Chicago: Moody, 1999 | Amazon

 

Preaching Genre

Long, Thomas G. Preaching and the Literary Forms of the Bible. 2nd ed. Philadelphia: Fortress, 2003 | Amazon

Matthewson, Steven. The Art of Preaching Old Testament Narrative. Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2002 | Amazon

Arthurs, Jeffrey D. Preaching With Variety: How to Re-create the Dynamics of Biblical Genres. Grand Rapids: Kregel, 2007 | Amazon

Davis, D. R. The Word Became Fresh: How to Preach from Old Testament Narrative Texts. Dublin: Mentor Publishing, 2006 | Amazon

Smith, Steven. Recapturing the Voice of God: Shaping Sermons like Scripture. Nashville: Broadman and Holman Academic, 2015 | Amazon

 

History of Preaching

Broadus, John A. Lectures on the History of Preaching. New York: A. C. Armstrong, 1907. Reprint, Birmingham: Solid Ground Christian Books, 2004 | Amazon

Chandros, John. Examples of Preaching in England 1534-1662. London: Hutchinson, 1971 | Amazon

Dargan, Edwin Charles. The Art of Preaching in the Light of Its History. New York: Doran, 1992 | Amazon

________ and Ralph G. Turnbull. A History of Preaching. 3 vols. Grand Rapids: Baker, 1974 | Amazon

Fant, Clyde E. and William M. Pinson, Jr., comps. 20 Centuries of Great Preaching; An Encyclopedia of Preaching. 13 vols. Waco: Word, 1971 | Amazon

Fenèlon, Franćois de Salignac de La Mothe. Dialogues on Eloquence. Translated by Wilbur Samuel Howell. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1951 | Amazon

Francis, Keith A. and Gibson, William. The Oxford Handbook of the British Sermon 1689-1901. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012 | Amazon

Garretson, James M. Princeton and Preaching: Archibald Alexander and the Christian Ministry. Edinburgh: Banner of Truth Trust, 2013 | Amazon

Handcock, Angela. Karl Barth’s Emergency Homiletic 1932–1933: A Summons to Prophetic Witness at the Dawn of the Third Reich. Grand Rapids: MI, 2013 | Amazon

Hopkins, Hugh E. Charles Simeon of Cambridge. Eugene: Wipf & Stock Publishing, 2012 | Amazon

Hunter, David G., ed. Preaching in the Patristic Age: Studies in Honor of Walter J. Burghardt. New York: Paulist, 1989 | Amazon

Larsen, David. The Company of Preachers: A History of Biblical Preaching from the Old Testament to the Modern Era. Grand Rapids: Kregel, 1998 | Amazon

McCullough, Adlington, & Rhatigan. Oxford Handbook of the Early Modern Sermon. Oxford University Press: Oxford, 2012 | Amazon

Old, Hughes Oliphant. The Reading and Preaching of the Scriptures in the Worship of the Christian Church. 5 vols. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1997-2004 | Amazon

Ray, Jeff D. Expository Preaching. Whitefish: Kessinger Publishing, LLC, 2010 | Amazon

Stout, Harry S. The New England Soul: Preaching and Religious Culture in Colonial New England. New York: Oxford University Press, 1986 | Amazon

Webber, F. R. A History of Preaching in Britain and America; Including the Biographies of Many Princes of the Pulpit and the Men Who Influenced Them. 3 vols. Milwaukee: Northwestern, 1952 | Amazon


New Homiletic

Buttrick, David. Homiletic: Moves and Structures. Philadelphia: Fortress, 1987 | Amazon

Craddock, Fred B. As One without Authority. Rev. and with New Sermons. St. Louis: Chalice, 2001 | Amazon

________. Overhearing the Gospel. Rev. and exp. ed. St. Louis: Chalice, 2002 | Amazon

________. Preaching. Nashville: Abingdon, 1985 | Amazon

Ellingsen, Mark. The Integrity of Biblical Narrative: Story in Theology and Proclamation. Minneapolis: Fortress, 1990 | Amazon

Eslinger, Richard L. A New Hearing: Living Options in Homiletic Methods. Nashville: Abingdon, 2002 | Amazon

________. The Web of Preaching: New Options in Homiletical Method. Nashville: Abingdon, 2002 | Amazon

Lowry, Eugene. Doing Time in the Pulpit: The Relationship Between Narrative and Preaching. Nashville: Abingdon, 1985 | Amazon

________. The Homiletical Plot: The Sermon as Narrative Art Form. Exp. ed. Louisville: Westminster John Knox, 2001 | Amazon

________. How to Preach a Parable: Designs for Narrative Sermons. Abingdon Preacher’s Library. Nashville: Abingdon, 1989 | Amazon

________. The Sermon: Dancing the Edge of Mystery. Nashville: Abingdon, 1997 | Amazon

 

Rhetoric/Rhetorical Theory

Aristotle. On Rhetoric: A Theory of Civic Discourse. Translated by George A. Kennedy. New York: Oxford University Press, 1991 | Amazon

________. The Rhetoric of Aristotle. Edited by John Edwin Sandys. New York: Arno, 1973 | Amazon

Augustine. On Christian Doctrine. Translated by D. W. Robertson, Jr. New York: Liberal, 1958 | Amazon

Campbell, George. The Philosophy of Rhetoric. Edited by Lloyd F. Bitzer. Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press, 1963 | Amazon

Cicero, Marcus Tullius. Cicero on Oratory and Orators. Translated by J. S. Watson. Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press, 1970 | Amazon

Bizzell, Patricia and Bruce Herzberg. The Rhetorical Tradition: Reading from Classical Times to the Present. 2nd ed. Boston: Bedford, 2001 | Amazon

Kennedy, George A. Classical Rhetoric and Its Christian & Secular Tradition: From Ancient to Modern Times. 2nd ed., rev. and enl. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1999 | Amazon

________. New Testament Interpretation Through Rhetorical Criticism. Studies in Religion. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1984 | Amazon

McCroskey, James C. An Introduction to Rhetorical Communication. 8th ed. Boston: Allyn and Bacon, 2001 | Amazon

Plato. Phaedrus. Translated by Robin Waterfield. Oxford World’s Classics. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002 | Amazon

Toulmin, Stephen. The Uses of Argument. Update ed. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2003 | Amazon

Wilder, Amos. Early Christian Rhetoric: The Language of the Gospel. Peabody, MA: Hendrickson, 1999 | Amazon

 

Theology of Preaching

Adam, Peter. Speaking God’s Words: A Practical Theology of Expository Preaching. Downers Grove: InterVarsity, 1996 | Amazon

Beaudean, Jr., John William. Paul’s Theology of Preaching. NABPR Dissertation Series, no. 6. Macon: Mercer University Press, 1988 | Amazon

Lischer, Richard. A Theology of Preaching: The Dynamics of the Gospel. Rev. ed. Durham, NC: Labryinth, 1992 | Amazon

Litfin, A. Duane. St. Paul’s Theology of Proclamation: 1 Corinthians 1-4 and Greco-Roman Rhetoric. Monograph Series / Society for New Testament Studies, 79. Cambridge, NY: Cambridge University Press, 1994 | Amazon

Ritschl, Dietrich. A Theology of Proclamation. Richmond: John Knox, 1960 | Amazon

Smith, Steven W. Dying to Preach. Grand Rapids: Kregel, 2010 | Amazon