On the Preparation and Delivery of Sermons is an enormously popular homiletics textbook, and has been in print for more than 100 years. It is as helpful today as the day it was written. The Handbook of Contemporary Preaching notes that it "is the most widely used text on preaching ever published; more than a century later, it is still used in many colleges and seminaries."
John Albert Broadus was a master of clarity in communication and sympathy with his audience. You will discover not only his instructions for effective preaching but also be challenged by his call to faithfulness in preaching ministry.
“The present writer’s connection with this revision is easily explained. In the fall of 1892 I became associate professor of Homiletics with Dr. Broadus in the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, and had the privilege of teaching the subject with him up to the time of his lamented death in March, 1895. We divided the work of teaching under his direction, and as the state of his health permitted. It fell to my lot to do more and more of the work as his health declined.” (Page vi)
“Let the young cedar grow as a cedar, and the young oak as an oak, but straighten, prune, improve each of them into the best possible tree of its kind. And so as to speaking, be always yourself, your actual, natural self, but yourself developed, corrected, improved into the very best you are by nature capable of becoming.” (Page 15)
“‘A good speech is a good thing, but the verdict is the thing.’” (Page 5)
“‘Homiletics is the science which treats of the nature, the classification, the analysis, the construction, and the composition of a sermon. More concisely, it is the science of that of which preaching is the art, and a sermon is the product.’” (Page 16)
“(5) Do not habitually neglect any portion of Scripture.” (Page 28)
[Broadus'] textbook...is the most widely used text on preaching ever published; more than a century later, it is still used in many colleges and seminaries.
—Michael Duduit, Handbook of Contemporary Preaching