The Art and Craft of Biblical Preaching is the most complete practical encyclopedia ever written on the practice of preaching. It is edited by Haddon Robinson and Craig Brian Larson, and uses significant resources from the ministries of Christianity Today International.
The 11 major sections in this extensive resource contain almost 200 articles, which cover every possible preaching topic, including changing lives, sermon structure, “the big idea,” introductions, outlining, transitions, conclusions, passionate delivery, application, leveraging illustrations, telling stories, preaching narrative texts, topical preaching, expository preaching, evangelistic preaching, preaching to postmoderns, using humor, speaking with authority, and many others. Entries are characterized by intensely practical and vivid writing designed to help preachers deepen their understanding and sharpen their communication skills. The contributors include a virtual Who’s Who of preaching from a cross section of denominations and traditions, such as John Ortberg, Rick Warren, Warren Wiersbe, Alice Mathews, John Piper, Andy Stanley, and many others. Haddon Robinson and Craig Brian Larson—two of today’s most respected voices in preaching—provide editorial oversight.
“Has this sermon made a difference in my life this week?” (Page 581)
“Have I earnestly prayed for God to speak through me?” (Page 581)
“Have I tried to make myself look better than I am?” (Page 581)
“Economy of words mixed with quality of thought held together by subtlety of expression. Practicing a hard-to-define restraint so that some things are left for the listener or reader to conclude on his own. Clear and precise, yet not overdrawn. Charles Jehlinger, a former director of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, used to instruct all apprentice actors with five wise words of advice: ‘Mean more than you say.’” (Pages 584–585)
Packed with useful tools that span a wide array of homiletical issues. . . . A tremendous value to preachers seeking to be effective communicators. . . . Pastors will appreciate the many practical ideas, and cautions, offered by the contributors. . . . One of the first volumes a pastor should receive when beginning in ministry. With its brief chapters, the book can be utilized as a chapter-a-day continuing education resource.
Haddon Robinson is the Harold John Ockenga Distinguished Professor of Preaching at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, and he is widely regarded as an expert in the area of preaching. He is also the editor of Biblical Sermons: How Twelve Preachers Apply the Principles of Biblical Preaching.
Craig Brian Larson is chief editor for Christianity Today's PreachingToday.com, an online journal and illustration service. He also pastors a church in Chicago, Illinois. His books include Contemporary Illustrations for Preachers, Teachers, and Writers; Preaching That Connects; and The Art and Craft of Biblical Preaching. He and his family live in the Chicago suburbs.