Books that stimulate growth in Preaching

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  1. Redeemed

    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.
  2. JOwen

    JOwen Puritan Board Junior


    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,

  3. Ivan

    Ivan Pastor

    Read Lloyd-Jones. You won't regret it.
  4. Puritan Sailor

    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.
  5. C. Matthew McMahon

    C. Matthew McMahon Christian Preacher

    Evangelical Eloquence, by RL Dabney

    Its worth every penny.
  6. fredtgreco

    fredtgreco Vanilla Westminsterian Staff Member

    As has been mentioned, Lloyd Jones, Dabney, Alexander

    Also good is Preaching with Purpose by Jay Adams
  7. Me Died Blue

    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.
  8. BayouHuguenot

    BayouHuguenot Puritan Board Doctor

    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?
  9. matthew11v25

    matthew11v25 Puritan Board Sophomore

    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".
  10. Bryan

    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.

  11. Ivan

    Ivan Pastor

    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]
  12. JonathanHunt

    JonathanHunt Puritan Board Senior

    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!

  13. BayouHuguenot

    BayouHuguenot Puritan Board Doctor

    Right now I am reading Clowney's Preaching and Biblical Theology. I will let you know when I get done.
  14. Me Died Blue

    Me Died Blue Puritan Board Post-Graduate

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

    crhoades Puritan Board Graduate

  16. BayouHuguenot

    BayouHuguenot Puritan Board Doctor

    The most edifying I read, and I mentioned this earlier, is Feed my Sheep.
  17. Redeemed

    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)
  18. Contra_Mundum

    Contra_Mundum Pilgrim, Alien, Stranger Staff Member

    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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