Books that stimulate growth in Preaching

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Redeemed

Puritan Board Freshman
What books (not including your Bible that's axiomatic) have been your constant companion causing you to grow in effectiveness in your preaching/pastoral gift.
 

JOwen

Puritan Board Junior
Brother,

Here are several that have helped me.

1. Preaching and Preachers- Lloyd-Jones
2. Homiletics and Pastoral Theology- Shedd
3.Thoughts on Preaching -J.A. Alexander
4.Evangelical Eloquence - A Course of Lectures on Preaching - RL Dabney
5.The Power of the Pulpit - Gardiner Spring
6.My Heart For Thy Cause - B. Borgman


These books have been a great help to me in my short preaching ministry.

Kind regards,

Jerrold
 

Puritan Sailor

Puritan Board Doctor
The Relevance of Preaching by Peirre de Marselle
Modern Preacher and the Ancient text by Sidney Greidanus

And just for fun, if you want to learn about some interesting preaching method debates in Dutch circles, read Sola Scriptura by Sidney Greidanus.
 

fredtgreco

Vanilla Westminsterian
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As has been mentioned, Lloyd Jones, Dabney, Alexander

Also good is Preaching with Purpose by Jay Adams
 

Me Died Blue

Puritan Board Post-Graduate
I'm asking this out of ignorance - is Piper's Supremacy of God In Preaching any good? While I'm not all out on him in general, I've heard good things about that book - although of course all the old school stuff would almost definitely be better either way.

And what about The Imperative of Preaching by Dr. John Carrick? I was just looking at Greenville's site today and read a short excerpt from it and some brief but good advice on preaching by the author.
 

BayouHuguenot

Puritanboard Amanuensis
I liked Piper.
My favorite might be Dabney's.
Sola Deo Gloria's Feed my Sheep is really good.
What do y'all think of Bryan Chapell's Christ Centered Preaching?
 

matthew11v25

Puritan Board Sophomore
Originally posted by JOwen

6.My Heart For Thy Cause - B. Borgman
JOwen...have you heard Borgman preach? I live near His church and own about 400 of his sermons. Love the guy.

I enjoyed "my heart for Thy cause".
 

Bryan

Puritan Board Freshman
There are only two books I have borrowed, read, and were so good I went out an bought. Preaching and Preachers by Lloyd-Jones was one of them.

Bryan
SDG
 

Ivan

Pastor
Originally posted by Me Died Blue
I'm asking this out of ignorance - is Piper's Supremacy of God In Preaching any good?
I thought it was an excellent book. As I recall he has a chapter on Jonathan Edwards in it. Anyway, I enjoyed the book, but it wasn't as good as Lloyd-Jones.

[Edited on 1-26-2005 by Ivan]
 

JonathanHunt

Puritan Board Senior
Originally posted by Me Died Blue


And what about The Imperative of Preaching by Dr. John Carrick? I was just looking at Greenville's site today and read a short excerpt from it and some brief but good advice on preaching by the author.
Funny, that. I have heard that his book is good, but I have heard him preach twice at our chapel and I think he needs to read though it again!

JH
 

Me Died Blue

Puritan Board Post-Graduate
Originally posted by JonathanHunt
Originally posted by Me Died Blue


And what about The Imperative of Preaching by Dr. John Carrick? I was just looking at Greenville's site today and read a short excerpt from it and some brief but good advice on preaching by the author.
Funny, that. I have heard that his book is good, but I have heard him preach twice at our chapel and I think he needs to read though it again!

JH
Hmmm...that's ironic! Perhaps you just heard him on some bad days!
 

Redeemed

Puritan Board Freshman
My lists keeps growing but here are a few

Lectures to my Students (Spurgeon)
Christian Ministry (Bridges)
Preaching & Preachers (Lloyd-Jones)
My Heart for Thy Cause:pastor Theology of Albert Martin (Borgman)
Reformed Pastor (Baxter)
Pastoral Theolgy (Murphy)
Evangelical Eloquence (Dabney)

I've got to buy

Power in the Pulpit (Spring)
Preacher and His Models (Stalker)
Homiletics and Pastoral Theology (Shedd)
Thoughts on Preaching (J.A. Alexander)
 

Contra_Mundum

Pilgrim, Alien, Stranger
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As someone who sat under regular preaching from Dr. Carrick (not just in seminary chapels but as stated supply in our church some two years ago) I can say that he does "practice" what he instructs in preaching. I believe in the past year he has travelled frequently and spoken probably more often than not on the subject of Justification. Speaking often on one subject can have a couple of effects: 1) one can get quite adept at handling the same material, and 2) that same material can lose its freshness after a while.

In these situations preparing for preaching can become more a reliance on past endeavors than an immediate, present quickening by the Spirit. Dr. Carrick would be the first to acknowledge that he has had better preaching occasions in one place than another. Having heard the Justification message(s) more than once, for my part I judge them as being somewhere between a true sermon (as he would describe it) and biblical instruction. Such is the difficulty of discoursing extensively on a "subject", having chosen a particular text as a preaching portion for its topical utility (and less for its own sake expositionally).

Dr. Carrick preached two weeks ago in our church, both the AM & PM services. He preached expositionally, where his strength lies. I heard a seminary student in attendance speaking with him afterward and remarking how that he found Dr. Carrick's recent lectures on homiletics admirably clarified and illustrated by live demonstration.
 
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