Skip to main content

The Pulpit, Preaching and People

The whole reason I started this 'blog' was to have a public place to record my thoughts as I read books.  Why not just keep a journal or something more private? I don't know.  I like the idea of having access to this where I am.  The public nature of it makes me think there is a heightened accountability to keep it up, even if no one reads it.  And maybe the guy who will eventually come and take my place at GCPC will want to see what I have read and how I thought about preaching. That is why, for 2012, I want to devote my reading to the task of preaching.  My plan, God willing, is to read the following books, in this order:

The Preacher and Preaching: Reviving the Art in the Twentieth Century; Sam Logan, ed.
The Imperative of Preaching: Theology of Sacred Rhetoric; John Carrick
Speaking God's Words: A Practical Theology Of Preaching; Peter Adam
The Priority of Preaching; Christopher Ash
Positive Preaching and the Modern Mind; P.T. Forsyth
Preaching with Confidence; A Theological Essay on the Power of the Pulpit; James Daane
How Sermons Work; David Murray
Preaching and Preachers; Martyn Lloyd-Jones
Reverberation: How God's Word Brings Light, Freedom and Action to his People; Jonathan Leeman
Preach the Word: Essays on Expository Preaching: In honor of Kent R. Hughes; Todd Wilson
The Word of God for the People of God: An Entry Way into the Theological Interpretation of Scripture; Todd Billings
God's Word in Servant Form: Abraham Kuyper and Herman Bavinck and the Doctrine of Scripture; Richard Gaffin
Preachers Portrait: Some New Testament Word Studies; John W. Stott
Heralds of the King: Christ-centered Sermons in the Tradition of Edmund P. Clowney; Tim Keller
Archer and the Arrow; Phillip Jensen
Simplicity in Preaching; J.C. Ryle
Him We Proclaim: Preaching Christ from All the Scriptures; Dennis Johnson
Why Johnny Can't Preach: The Media Have Shaped the Message; David Gordon
The Word Became Fresh: How to Preach from Old Testament Texts; Ralph Davis
The Homiletical Plot: The Sermon as Narrative Form; Eugene Lowry
Preaching and Preachers; Martyn Lloyd-Jones

The books in italics are books I have already read, but want to read again.  Some of these books have come to me by way of recommendations and others I just thought looked interesting.

Originally, when I was pursuing a DMin degree, my plan was to tackle the subject of the necessity of public ministry of the Word for the private ministry of the Word. Although the DMin was not to be, the subject still intrigues me.  So my thoughts (these won't be formal reviews) will have a particular feel to it.  The best way to think about it for me is through the question; how does the public ministry of the Word bleed out and effect the pastoral/shepherding part of my calling?  What is the connection?  Surely, as preachers, we don't simply open our Bibles on Sunday morning, preach from them, close them and that is that.

But frankly I don't refer to sermons in my pastoral counseling; I don't hand out or send as attachments mp3's of the sermons I preach.  So what is the connection, the relationship between the pulpit on Sunday morning and the shepherding that takes place Monday through Saturday.  So that is the shape this blog will take this year, I hope.

The first couple of entries on the books I read during Christmas break were posted by me just to get a feel for how to post.  I am a newbie at this.


  1. May I be so bold as to question omissions? Specifically Stott's Between Two Worlds and Chapell's Christ Centered Preaching? What was thy logic?

  2. Ah yes, omissions. With a list like this I will certainly miss some worthy works. I knew I had left of Chapell's book (had to read it in seminary and simply chose not to revisit it) and MLJ Preachers and Preaching. I had forgotten Stott's Between Two Worlds and remember loving it when we read it in seminary and again in Tampa. If I get through this list in 2012 I would love to pick that one up again.
    Thanks for reading and commenting Randy!


Post a Comment

What Say Ye?

Popular posts from this blog

Election or Not, We Are United

I've probably lost my ever-loving mind posting on such an issue.

This has been, for many, a very contentious and discouraging election season. Families have been at odds, friends find themselves in pitched battles with one another and Facebook comments between Christians have seen an exceeding number of exclamation points and angry face emoticons.
However, regardless of the vote you cast and for whom, we should not be divided as friends, families and fellow Christians. Let me make my case by laying out four categories of voters (there are probably more, but work with me). These categories, in my view, are legitimate reasons to cast your vote (or not) for whoever you think you should cast your vote for.
If that is the case, Christian charity (patience, grace, love) compels us to understand one another.
It is an opportunity to listen to one another with humility. We may disagree, but that disagreement should not be a barrier in our relationship (or, even worse, destroy them).

I wi…

My Teachers

Ephesians 4:11-14

And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ, so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes. (ESV)

In the last couple of months, I've heard of the death of a couple of influential professors. The tributes I read reminded me of how God has blessed His church with these men. I began to think about the teachers and professors who have influenced me.

And then I read a post recently from someone who graduated from Westminster Theological Seminary (WTS). What he wrote about WTS was foreign to me. He admitted it was based on "his experience" but it was full of char…

Rhythm and Rest

I was captivated by the election returns in November.

When I got home Tuesday night, November 8, I predicted to my family that the election would be over by 10pm, with the winner declared and a concession speech given no later than 11:00. I assumed Mrs. Clinton had it in the bag.

Ha!  I'm an idiot.

By 11:00pm my wife was in bed, my 17 year old daughter was fast asleep and my 14 year old daughter had fallen asleep on the couch (trying to stay up with me).  I couldn't peel myself away from the coverage.

As the night eased into the early morning hours, the rhythm of the night was favoring Donald Trump. I was captured. I had to see how it ended.

After watching Donald Trump give his first speech as President-elect I climbed into bed around 2:40 early that Wednesday morning. I'm 54 years old. I haven't seen 2:40am (on purpose) in years!

The day of work on Wednesday wouldn't wait.
I was up at 6:30.

I tackled the day in a fairly sluggish way.

The wacked out rhythm of elec…