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The 25 Most Influential Preaching Books of the Past 25 Years

By Michael Duduit | Editor, Preaching Magazine

#2 Homiletic: Moves and Structures by David Buttrick (Fortress Press)

The second Book of the Year recognized by Preaching also was one of the minority of such titles not written by an evangelical author. Nevertheless, Buttrick's book, published in 1986, has influenced the thinking of mainline and evangelical preachers and teachers with its insights about the sermon as a series of "moves" rather than simply propositional points. A densely written tome, it caused a generation of teachers and students of preaching to think beyond the traditional categories, which normally were found in homiletical literature.

#3 Between Two Worlds by John R.W. Stott (Eerdmans)

First published in 1982, Stott popularized the dominant metaphor used to describe the work of the preacher in today's world, the messenger of God with one foot planted in the biblical world and the other in the contemporary setting. Few books in the past quarter century have more profoundly influenced how preachers think of their own task.

#4 Preaching by Fred Craddock (Abingdon)

The very first Preaching Book of the Year, Craddock's book (like the author himself) has influenced a generation of young preachers to discover the power of inductive approaches and the use of story in preaching. Apart from Robinson's book, this probably has been the most widely used preaching text in seminary classrooms in the past 25 years.

#5 The Modern Preacher and the Ancient Text by Sidney Greidanus (Eerdmans)

Greidanus' text helped influence countless preachers and teachers in understanding and emphasizing the critical nature of biblical genre in shaping the sermon. The book was Preaching's Book of the Year in 1990.

#6 Christ-Centered Preaching by Bryan Chapell (Baker)

#7 The Homiletical Plot: The Sermon As Narrative Art Form by Eugene L. Lowry (Westminster John Knox)

#8 The Supremacy of God in Preaching by John Piper (Baker)

#9 The Witness of Preaching by Thomas G. Long (Westminster John Knox)

#10 Rediscovering Expository Preaching by John MacArthur & Masters Seminary faculty (Word)

#11 Handbook of Contemporary Preaching, edited by Michael Duduit (Broadman)

#12 Preaching & Preachers by D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones (Zondervan)

#13 Communicating for a Change by Andy Stanley (Multnomah)

#14 The Preaching Life by Barbara Brown Taylor (Cowley Publications)

#15 Preaching the Whole Bible as Christian Scripture by Graeme Goldsworthy (Eerdmans)

#16 The Burdensome Joy of Preaching by James Earl Massey (Abingdon)

#17 The Company of the Preachers by David L. Larsen (Kregel)

#18 360-Degree Preaching by Michael Quicke (Baker)

#19 Preaching and Teaching with Imagination by Warren W. Wiersbe (Victor)

#20 Scripture Sculpture by Ramesh Richard (Baker Academic)

#21 The Art & Craft of Biblical Preaching, edited by Haddon Robinson and Craig Brian Larsen (Zondervan)

#22 Preaching: The Art of Narrative Exposition by Calvin Miller (Baker)

#23 The Art of Preaching Old Testament Narrative by Steven Matthewson (Baker Academic)

#24 Doctrine that Dances by Robert Smith (B&H)

#25 Concise Encyclopedia of Preaching, edited by William H. Willimon and Richard Lischer (Westminster/John Knox Press)


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