Preaching books are many, but not often do books deal seriously with a theology of preaching. In How Odd of God: Chosen for the Curious Vocation of Preaching (Westminster John Knox), William Willimon draws on his study of Karl Barth’s doctrine of election to consider “the wonder of the preaching vocation and the oddity of a God who would call the likes of me to preach.” Anything Willimon writes will be thought provoking, and this book will be of particular value to those of us who preach and sometimes wonder, “Why me?”

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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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