There seems no end to boring preachers.  There is a spiritual-wasteland of pastors who are unable to craft a regular message and so instead they turn to preaching pre-packaged sermons from more “popular” preachers.  These are just a few of the reasons why I love to teach homiletics classes. I want to do my part to improve the art and inspire the craft of Gospel proclamation    Below, I  highlight five foundational books that should be in every preacher’s library as they work to develop their Holy-Spirit gift of teaching.

Biblical Preaching: The Development and Delivery of Expository Messages by Haddon W. Robinson

This book has been a standard text for decades, and this updated version adds important insights for transformational preaching in our ever-changing culture.

Invitation to Biblical Preaching: Proclaiming Truth with Clarity and Relevance by Donald Sunukjian

This book was written by one of my all-time favorite professors. Don made Robinson’s theory come to life for me and this book gives lots of practical application for taking your sermon from history into the home of every listener.

Preaching with Variety: How to Re-create the Dynamics of Biblical Genres by Jeffrey Arthurs & Haddon Robinson

Exploring the biblical genres is something that is sadly missing from most preaching courses and this book is an excellent tool for getting pastors out of their routine and letting the Scripture speak with vivid richness.

Preaching Parables to Postmoderns (Fortress Resources for Preaching) by Brian C. Stiller

I have used this book for quite some time and my students consistently rate it as one of the best books for effectively preaching the parables in a way that reaches their congregations.

The Art of Preaching Old Testament Narrative by Steven D. Mathewson

Most pastors I hear preach earn a failing grade when it comes to preaching Old Testament stories. They either distort the historical context or misapply the meaning. This book is another highly rated volume from my students and goes a long way toward helping preachers understand and apply these powerful historical events.

Dr. Joe Miller (aka JR) is a Professor of Applied Theology and Leadership & Dean of Online Learning at Southern California Seminary. In addition, he is a church planter and coach for emerging leaders. Dr. Miller has a diverse educational background and authored multiple books on church history, biblical theology, and Leadership. Joe and his wife Suzanne enjoy the sun and surf with their 3 sons in San Diego, CA.

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