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Preaching Magazine's 2015 Book of the Year

If you are a pastor, you know the importance of preaching. You have spent time learning and refining the art of preaching because it is vital to the life of God's people—including the preacher. But you probably also find it challenging.

On Preaching is a masterful resource that will refresh your soul and revitalize your preaching ministry.

Drawing upon Scripture and years of preaching experience, H. B. Charles offers a practical resource for pastors, seminarians, church planters, and Bible teachers that is full of energy and wonderfully enjoyable. He gives tips like, "Avoid indecent exposure—get your wife's permission before using your family in the message" and "Illustrate! A good illustration is like a window on a house. It helps your listeners see in or out."

Written in a very clear and concise manner, this resource is formatted into 30 short chapters that can easily be read as a devotional. On Preaching will encourage seasoned preachers to dig deeper into the basics as they pause and reflect on the effectiveness of their ministry. It will also serve as a spring board for those who are just beginning a preaching ministry.

From the Back Cover

Being a preacher comes with great privilege and awesome responsibility. It is a humbling task that calls for laying spiritual, mental, and physical groundwork. It is also a task that can be extremely challenging and, at times, leave you frustrated. So what happens when you are experiencing a “preaching crisis” or feeling frustrated with your sermon or personal preparation process?

In On Preaching, H. B. Charles, Jr. wants to encourage, challenge, and motivate you through the personal and pastoral insights he’s learned over the years. Whether you are just starting to preach or have been preaching for some time, these insights will help you improve on your preparation process and undergird your efforts to be the kind of preacher others must listen to.

Chapters include:

  • On sermon preparation
  • On sermon illustrations
  • On sermon introductions
  • On sermon conclusions
  • On indecent exposure in the pulpit
  • On finding time to study
  • On developing a sermon calendar
  • On using sermon illustrations
  • On using scripture in preaching
  • On preaching without notes
  • On protecting your voice for preaching
  • On being a guest speaker
  • On developing your style in preaching
  • On writing sermon manuscripts
  • On choosing sermon titles
  • On becoming a better expositor

Pastor Charles has provided a tremendously practical guide to the entirety of preaching.  Whether you have been preaching for 50 years or 5 weeks, you will find it helpful.

George E. Hurtt, Pastor-Teacher, Mt. Sinai Missionary Baptist Church of Los Angeles

Timely. Practical. Insightful. Helpful. Refreshing. These are just a few ways I would describe H.B. Charles, Jr.’s new book, On Preaching. This book stands uniquely to offer tested wisdom from a voice of experience, integrity, and passion, through a man committed to communicating for God. Your seriousness about the ministry of preaching demands that you take in this book.

Romell Williams, Jr., Senior Pastor, Lilydale Progressive Baptist Church of Chicago

In an age where the focus on the authority of Scripture and true life-changing expository preaching is deficient in pulpits across America, H.B. Charles, Jr. has used his almost thirty-year pulpit ministry to guide preachers away from the personality of the preacher to the process of effective preaching.

Lance A. Mann Senior Pastor, St. Luke Baptist Church, Crocket, Texas

Uniquely gifted in the pulpit and with pen, my good friend and neighbor H.B. Charles gives us a practical yet profoundly gripping challenge to do the work of an expositor. Pastors everywhere need to read this book, and even more importantly, practice its content.

Mac Brunson, Senior Pastor, First Baptist Church of Jacksonville, Florida 

For a number of years I have been challenging African American pastors to put their homiletical preaching brilliance to writing. How delighted I am to see that my ecclesiastical son in the gospel has done exactly that. What we have before us is that which challenges us to go from devotion to delivery, from meditation to message, and from studies to sharing.  As a result, I salute my son in this great presentation.

Dr. Melvin Wade Sr., Senior Pastor, Mt. Moriah Baptist Church of Los Angeles 

On Preaching has been written out of the soul of H.B. Charles, Jr. His experience, study, reflection, and conviction may contribute in some measure toward encouraging the preachers who may use it in becoming greater preachers of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

John A. Reed Jr., Senior Pastor, Fairview Baptist Church, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

I am so glad that H.B. didn’t wait any longer to put in print these personal and practical conversations concerning biblical preaching. I feel like I am walking or sitting with H.B. as he reflects not only on the ministry of preaching but on how he has sought to do it as God has enabled him. For those interested in “rightly dividing the word of truth” in the local church, this book is helpful, balanced, encouraging, and honoring to the Lord of the Word and the Word of the Lord. Clarity, humility, and authenticity permeate each concise chapter. I highly recommend it!

David Olford, Olford Ministries International  

Product Details

  • Title : On Preaching: Personal & Pastoral Insights for the Preparation & Practice of Preaching
  • Author: Charles, Jr., H.B.
  • Publisher: Moody Publishers
  • Publication Date: 2014
  • ISBN: 9780802490988
H.B. CHARLES, JR. Is the Pastor-Teacher at the Shiloh Metropolitan Baptist Church of Jacksonville, Florida, where he has served since the fall of 2008. He is primarily responsible for preaching-teaching, vision casting, and leadership development. Prior to coming to Shiloh, he led the Mt. Sinai Missionary Baptist Church of Los Angeles for almost eighteen years. Succeeding his late father, he began his pastorate at Mt. Sinai at the age of seventeen.H.B. Charles regularly speaks at churches, conferences, and conventions around the country. He has contributed to several books and journals, and is the author of It Happens After Prayer. H.B. and his wife Crystal have three children: H.B. III, Natalie, and Hailey. Keep in touch with HB Charles at HBCharlesJr.com.

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