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Preach the Word: Essays on Expository Preaching

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For more than forty years, pastor R. Kent Hughes has shared the gospel with thousands of people and raised the standard of expository preaching in North America and beyond.

To celebrate his legacy and pay tribute to his years of ministry, fifteen of Hughes’s friends and colleagues from across the globe, including J. I. Packer, Wayne Grudem, John MacArthur, Peter Jensen, and D. A. Carson, examine what it means to be an expository preacher. Among the contributors are professors, a university chaplain, a college president, and urban church planters—living testimonies to Hughes’s wide influence.

These contributors address an array of themes for the ministry-minded, such as interpretive principles and practices, biblical and historical paradigms, expository preaching’s contemporary aims and challenges, and the priority of training—all in the expectation that this one man’s passion to preach the Word faithfully will enhance the understanding and practice of expository preaching in churches and seminaries around the world.

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Key Features

  • Thoughtful essays from respected evangelical pastors and teachers
  • Organized thematically for easy reference and study
  • Lays out insights, both practical and educational


  • Part 1: Interpretive Principles and Practice
    • The Hermeneutical Distinctives of Expository Preaching by David Jackman
    • Written for Our Example: Preaching Old Testament Narratives by Paul House
    • The Bible as Literature and Expository Preaching by Leland Ryken
    • Right and Wrong Interpretation of the Bible: Some Suggestions for Pastors and Bible Teachers, Wayne Grudem
    • Rightly Dividing the Word of Truth: A Study Method for Faithful Preaching by John MacArthur
  • Part 2: Biblical and Historical Paradigms
    • Paul’s Paradigm for Preachers, Bruce Winter
    • Swallowing Our Pride: An Essay on the Foolishness of Preaching by Duane Litfin
    • Preaching with a Pastor’s Heart: Richard Baxter’s The Reformed by Pastor, Wallace Benn
    • Expository Preaching: Charles Simeon and Ourselves by J.I. Packer
  • Part 3: Contemporary Challenges and Aims
    • Preaching the Word Today by Phillip Jensen
    • Challenges for the Twenty-first-century Pulpit by D. A. Carson
    • Preaching That Reforms by Philip Ryken
  • Part 4: Training and Example
    • The Seminary and the Sermon by Peter Jensen
    • Multiplying Men: Training and Deploying Gospel Ministers by Jon M. Dennis
    • Few Are Not Enough: Training a Generation of Preachers by David Helm
    • Disciplines of a Godly Pastor: A Biographical Sketch by Randy Gruendyke

Top Highlights

“‘Why does the biblical author say it in these words?’” (Pages 13–14)

“‘Why is the author saying it to these people (his original readers)?’” (Page 14)

“Finally, ‘Why does the author say it here, at this particular point in his work?’” (Page 14)

“3) Every interpreter has only four sources of information about the text.” (Page 57)

“5) There is only one meaning for each text (though there are many applications).” (Page 61)

Praise for the Print Edition

Kent Hughes and even more the Word of God that he has faithfully preached are worthy of this astonishing array of contributors. I rejoice that the ripple effect of one man’s allegiance to the Bible has pushed so many new waves of blessing out of their hearts and into these pages.

—John Piper, pastor for preaching and vision, Bethlehem Baptist Church, Minneapolis

A book packed with preaching wisdom to honor one of this generation’s greatest expositors of Scripture. Kent Hughes is rightly honored, but God’s Word is ever-more highly honored in this special book.

—Bryan Chapell, president, Covenant Seminary; author of Christ-centered Preaching: Redeeming the Expository Sermon

Preach the Word: Essays on Expository Preaching: In Honor of Dr. R. Kent Hughes is not just a treasure trove for preachers; it provides what amounts to a refresher course in pastoral theology. Faithful ministers frequently pause to reflect, “What am I doing and why am I doing it and what does God want me to be doing and how does he want me to be doing it?” This book will prove a tremendously helpful conversation partner for this kind of all-important reflection and self-evaluation. I warmly commend it to all who are serious about doing biblical pastoral ministry today.

—Ligon Duncan, senior minister, First Presbyterian Church, Jackson, Mississippi; president, Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals; chairman, Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood

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About the Editors

Leland Ryken (PhD, University of Oregon) served as professor of English at Wheaton College for nearly 50 years. He has authored or edited over fifty books, including The Word of God in English and A Complete Handbook of Literary Forms in the Bible. He is a frequent speaker at the Evangelical Theological Society's annual meetings and served as literary stylist for the English Standard Version Bible.

Todd Wilson (PhD, Cambridge University) serves as the senior pastor of Calvary Memorial Church in Oak Park, Illinois. Todd has spent over a decade in pastoral ministry, previously serving on staff at College Church in Wheaton, Illinois, and Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He is the cofounder and chairman of the Center for Pastor Theologians, a ministry dedicated to resourcing pastor theologians. Todd and his wife, Katie, have seven children.

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