A Legacy of Preaching: Two-Volume Set follows the great preachers of history, in their context, as they approach the theological task of preaching. While some approach preaching from the perspective of movements and eras, this unique two-volume set explores preaching through the lives, ministry, and theology of history’s most influential preachers.
A Legacy of Preaching, Two-Volume Set—Apostles to the Present Day explores the history and development of preaching through a biographical and theological examination of its most important preachers. Instead of teaching the history of preaching from the perspective of movements and eras, each contributor tells the story of a particular preacher in history, allowing these preachers from the past to come alive and instruct us through their lives, theologies, and methods of preaching.
Each chapter introduces readers to a key figure in the history of preaching, followed by an analysis of the theological views that shaped their preaching, their methodology of sermon preparation and delivery, and an appraisal of the significant contributions they have made to the history of preaching. This diverse collection of familiar and lesser-known individuals provides a detailed and fascinating look at what it has meant to communicate the gospel over the past two thousand years. By looking at how the gospel has been communicated over time and across different cultures, pastors, scholars, and homiletics students can enrich their own understanding and practice of preaching for application today.
To be encouraged to put one’s own preaching into broad historical context, beginning with the apostles, is a rare treat. This is a book for all preachers and not only those who have a liking for church history. The various authors provide a comprehensive examination of the context and method of preaching through the ages. Those of us who preach—especially those who preach without a carefully examined philosophy of preaching or a constantly reviewed biblical hermeneutics—can only be enriched and encouraged by these studies.
—Graeme L. Goldsworthy
The apostle Paul commanded, “Preach the word.” This book introduces some of the most influential preachers from the first through the eighteenth centuries and offers fascinating studies of how they responded to Paul’s mandate with great diversity of doctrine and methodology.
—Joel R. Beeke
Paul said, “follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ.” Discipleship always works best when the Christian life is modeled for others. The same truth also applies in preaching. My advice to preachers young and old is to stay committed to the Word and learn from those who preach well. Sitting at the feet of history’s greatest preachers is a great honor that will enrich your soul, enliven your flock, and enhance your ministry. If this is your desire, then read this book. It tells the tales of history’s greats and relates to you a legacy that will inspire you to, like Paul, “boldly … proclaim the mysteries of the gospel
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Benjamin K. Forrest (EdD, Liberty University) is Professor of Christian Education and Associate Dean at the College of Arts and Sciences at Liberty University. He is coeditor of A Legacy of Preaching (2 vols., 2018), Biblical Leadership: Theology for Everyday Leaders (2017), and Biblical Worship: Theology unto the Glory of God (forthcoming).
Bill Curtis (PhD, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary) is Assistant Professor of Homiletics at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary and pastor of Cornerstone Baptist Church in Darlington, South Carolina. His newest book is Gypsy Smith: The Forgotten Evangelist.
Kevin L. King (PhD, University of Pretoria; DMin, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary) is Professor of Homiletics and Historical Theology at Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary and pastor of Palestine Baptist Church, Huddleston, Virginia
Dwayne Milioni (PhD, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary) is Assistant Professor of Preaching and Coordinator of the PhD in Preaching at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is also lead pastor of Open Door Church in Raleigh, North Carolina, and serves as board chairman for the Pillar Church Planting Network.