This issue of Preaching will be published just prior to the 19th annual edition of the National Conference on Preaching, which will be held April 7-9 in suburban Washington, DC. (In fact, conference participants will be receiving a copy of this issue when they register.) The theme of this year’s conference is “Preaching and the Public Square: Where Do Pulpit and Culture Meet?”

At the conference, speakers and panelists will be exploring the intersections of preaching and culture. Should preaching speak to political issues – and if so, how? Is there a place for preaching to engage the secular culture – and if so, how? What about entertainment and the arts – does preaching have a word for these influential areas of our culture? As you can see, it’s going to be a lively and provocative time together. (And if you are reading this before April 7, you still have time to join us!)

In this issue, we take up that related theme of preaching and culture. Michael Milton – a long-time pastor who has just become a seminary president – uses his experience as a military chaplain to address the issue of biblical preaching in a pluralistic culture. And Daniel Wong helps us think about the challenge of preaching in an increasingly multicultural world. Since that world is getting smaller all the time, we even have an article on how to more effectively preach using an interpreter when you are in another language setting.

This is one of my favorite issues of the year because it includes our annual survey of the year’s best books for preachers. Since the beginning, this feature has been written by R. Albert Mohler, now President of Southern Baptist Seminary (who long ago served as an associate editor of Preaching). He’s still the most widely-read person I know – getting by on four hours of sleep each night has to provide some benefit – and he always guides us to the top prospects for productive reading. (Don’t miss his top ten list, always a reader favorite!)

A bit less comprehensive in scale is my contribution: a survey of the past year’s top books about preaching. Though I write reviews and book notes throughout the year for our Preacher’s Bookshelf column, it’s nice to look back over recent months and recall the best in our field – including our annual Preaching Book of the Year.

On a personal note: I’d like to share some good news … and some good news. Beginning June 1, I have accepted an appointment as the founding dean of a new Graduate School of Ministry at Anderson University, a Christian university in Anderson, SC. In addition to my responsibilities as a Professor of Christian Ministry, I’ll have the pleasure of working with many friends and colleagues in designing and building a graduate program to help prepare future generations of effective pastoral leaders. This is a unique opportunity, and one for which I am deeply grateful. (We’ll be inviting our first class to begin in the fall of 2009, in case you are looking ahead!)

The other good news is that I will continue to have the privilege of serving as executive editor of Preaching, which I began in 1985 and which is now a part of the Salem Communications family. I’ll still guide the editorial direction of the publication, still produce our weekly email newsletter Preaching Now, and continue to lead the National Conference on Preaching. (By the way, next year’s event is April 20-22, 2009, in Tampa, Florida. Mark your calendar!)

Thanks for being part of the Preaching family. As always, our goal is to be a partner with you in enhancing the preaching of God’s Word, to the glory of God.

                                                Michael Duduit

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About The Author

Michael Duduit is the founding publisher and editor of Preaching magazine. He is also the founding Dean of the new College of Christian Studies and Professor of Christian Ministry at Anderson University in Anderson, South Carolina. Michael is author and editor of several books, including the Handbook of Contemporary Preaching (Broadman & Holman Press), Joy in Ministry (Baker Books), Preaching With Power (Baker) and Communicate With Power (Baker). From 1996 until 2000 he served as editor of the Abingdon Preaching Annual series. His email newsletter, PreachingNow, is read each week by more than 40,000 pastors and church leaders in the U.S. and around the world. He is founder and director of the National Conference on Preaching and the International Congress on Preaching, which has been held in 1997 at Westminster Chapel in London, 2002 at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, and 2007at Cambridge. He has been a pastor and associate pastor, has served a number of churches as interim pastor, and speaks regularly for churches, colleges and conferences.

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