One of the most unique preachers in the history of the American church was J. Frank Norris, who preached to a congregation of 10,000 weekly at First Baptist Church in Fort Worth, railed against vice (and other preachers) and eventually was undone when he shot and killed a critic. It reads like a novel, but it actually happened; and David Stokes tells the remarkable tale in his new book Apparent Danger (Bascom Hill Books). It’s a fascinating story and an insightful look at the life and career of one of the most influential church leaders of the 1920s.

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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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