In Kindling Desire for God (Fortress), Kay L. Northcutt argues that preaching should be an act of spiritual direction, aiming at spiritual formation of the congregation. She writes primarily to “the postmodern mainline church.” One point Northcutt makes with which this reader is in full agreement: “the preacher’s spiritual life is as foundational to preaching as brilliant scriptural exegesis and breathtaking sermon delivery.”

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