Volumes of Sermons

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bookslover

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A publishing tradition that has just about died out that I would like to see revived is books of sermons. These used to be very common, especially in the 19th century, but one rarely finds them today. Many pastors (a la MacArthur) re-work their sermons into topical books, but he (just to use him as an example) has never published a book of sermons, as sermons.

Ryken's volume on Exodus and Mark Dever's volumes on the two testaments are close, but those are connected series on the same topic.

What I want is a book of unconnected sermons: chapter 1 is a sermon from Job; chapter 2 is a sermon from 3 John - you get the idea. Expository preaching is what we Reformed do - but one sees far too few of these sermons making their way into print.

I know: books of sermons have been replaced by tapes and CDs of sermons; but, somehow, it just ain't the same.
 

MW

Puritanboard Amanuensis
I find it interesting that 19th century books of sermons are regarded as the best, yet they were compiled by men generally committed to preaching without notes. I think the ability to record messages may have undermined both skills.
 

Don Kistler

Puritan Board Sophomore
Try "The Puritan Pulpit" series by Soli Deo Gloria. Volumes of sermons by Jonathan Edwards, James Ussher, Thomas Watson, Solomon Stoddard, and Ebenezer Pemberton thus far.

Don Kistler
 

Puritan Sailor

Puritan Board Doctor
What I want is a book of unconnected sermons: chapter 1 is a sermon from Job; chapter 2 is a sermon from 3 John - you get the idea. Expository preaching is what we Reformed do - but one sees far too few of these sermons making their way into print.

Why unconnected sermons?
 

bookslover

Puritan Board Doctor
Why unconnected sermons?

Just as a way of highlighting the "idea" the expository sermon without getting distracted (so to speak) by having the group of sermons in the book linked, topic-wise, etc.

If each sermon stands out as an individual sermon, readers might gain a greater appreciation for the sermons, as sermons, is what I guess I'm trying to say.
 
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