Reading for Preaching: The Preacher in Conversation with Storytellers, Biographers, Poets, and Journalists

And many more! Good reading can also help tune the preacher’s ear for language -- his or her primary tool. General reading can enlarge the preacher’s sympathies for people and situations that she or he had previously known nothing about. First, good reading generates delight, he says, and the preacher who enters the world of delight goes with God.

In reading for preaching Cornelius Plantinga makes a striking claim: preachers who read widely will most likely become better preachers. Plantinga -- himself a master preacher -- shows how a wide reading program can benefit preachers. And, above all, the preacher who reads widely has the chance to become wise.

This beautifully written book will benefit not just preachers but anyone interested in the wisdom to be derived from reading. Works that plantinga interacts with in the book includethe kite runner, by khaled HosseiniEnrique's Journey, by Shusaku Endo"How Much Land Does a Man Need?" by Leo Tolstoy"Narcissus Leaves the Pool" by Joseph EpsteinLes Miserables, by Sonia NazarioSilence, by Victor Hugo.


Preaching in an Age of Distraction

He examines how people have been distracted in every era and explores how God can meet people precisely at the point of their distraction. Invite your congregation to a renewed attention to the things of God. Proverbs 4:25-26 preaching is difficult enough under the best of circumstances. Give careful thought to the paths for your feet and be steadfast in all your ways.

Rediscover how the proclamation of the Word still speaks profoundly to distracted hearers. But what are we to do when it seems that all of us―hearers and preachers alike―are constantly distracted? Veteran preacher and homiletics professor J. Ellsworth kalas offers wise insights for effective preaching in an age of distraction.

Preaching's 2014 top books on Preaching Let your eyes look straight ahead; fix your gaze directly before you. Regardless of whatever new technologies come our way, this call to pastoral attentiveness, creativity and excellence provides avenues for connecting with congregations with a countercultural clarity of focus.


Communicating for a Change: Seven Keys to Irresistible Communication

They also listen to numerous speakers and know the disastrous effects of a poorly delivered message. Why should it be any different when you stand up to speak? In Communicating for a Change, Andy Stanley and Lane Jones offer a unique strategy for communicators seeking to deliver captivating and practical messages.

This book is the result of their efforts to make public speaking—one of the most common fear-inducing activities known to mankind—simple, and even enjoyable, easy, so that God’s messages will readily produce the life-changing results they should. By knowing your destination before you leave identifying the one basic premise of your message, in a galaxy far, and implementing five other practical points, you’ll drive your message home every time! “Long ago, using your blinkers making transitions obvious, far away…” “Once upon a time…” “In the beginning…” Great stories capture and hold an audience’s attention from start to finish.

When you talk, are people changed? whether you speak from the pulpit, or the front of a classroom, podium, you don’t need much more than blank stares and faraway looks to tell you you’re not connecting. Join pastor ray as he discovers that the secrets to successful speaking are parallel to the lessons a trucker learns on the road.

In this highly creative presentation, the authors unpack seven concepts that will empower you to engage and impact your audience in a way that leaves them wanting more. An insightful, entertaining parable that’s an excellent guide for any speaker, Communicating for a Change takes a simple approach to delivering effectively.

Leaders of thousands of people, they regularly speak in front of large groups. Andy has been connecting with people for years, and now he’s sharing his insights with the rest of us.

Eat This Book: A Conversation in the Art of Spiritual Reading

Eat this book challenges us to read the Scriptures on their own terms, as God’s revelation, and to live them as we read them. In these pages he draws readers into a fascinating conversation on the nature of language, the ancient practice of lectio divina, and the role of Scripture translations; included here is the “inside story” behind Peterson’s own popular Bible translation, The Message.

Paperback book. With warmth and wisdom Peterson offers greatly needed, down-to-earth counsel on spiritual reading.

The Art and Craft of Biblical Preaching: A Comprehensive Resource for Today's Communicators

A comprehensive resource for today’s CommunicatorsThis extensive encyclopedia is the most completeand practical work ever published on the art andcraft of biblical preaching. The 11 major sectionscontain almost 200 articles, outlining, sermonstructure, using humor, application, which cover every possiblepreaching topic, passionate delivery, telling stories, transitions, speakingwith authority, topical preaching, including changing lives, leveraging illustrations, expository preaching, conclusions, ” introductions, evangelistic preaching, preaching to postmoderns, preaching narrative texts, “the big idea, and many others.

Paperback book. Entries are characterizedby intensely practical and vivid writingdesigned to help preachers deepen their understandingand sharpen their communication skills. The contributors include a virtual who’s who ofpreaching from a cross section of denominations andtraditions, such as John Ortberg, Warren Wiersbe, Alice Mathews, AndyStanley, John Piper, Rick Warren, and many others.

Haddon robinson andcraig brian Larson―two of today’s mostrespected voices in preaching―provide editorial oversight. Zondervan.

Basic Types of Pastoral Care & Counseling: Resources for the Ministry of Healing & Growth, Third Edition

This book will help readers be sensitive to cultural diversity, ethical issues, and power dynamics as they practice holistic, growth-oriented pastoral care and counseling in the parish. Basic types of pastoral Care and Counseling remains the standard in pastoral care and counseling. This third edition is enlarged and revised with updated resources, methods, exercises, and illustrations from actual counseling sessions.

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Strategic Pastoral Counseling: A Short-Term Structured Model

The details of this proven model of pastoral counseling are described in this practical guide. This second edition of Strategic Pastoral Counseling has been thoroughly revised and includes two new chapters. His study will continue to serve clergy and students well as a valued practical handbook on pastoral care and counseling.

Zondervan. Benner includes helpful case studies, a new appendix on contemporary ethical issues, and updated chapter bibliographies. Used book in Good Condition. Therapeutic counseling in a Christian context can be highly effective when it maintains narrowly focused goals in a time-limited setting. Paperback book.


The Gospel after Christendom: New Voices, New Cultures, New Expressions

Paperback book. Zondervan. An international cast of contributors from emerging contexts around the world explores the best current thinking about the mission and practice of the church. Used book in Good Condition.

The Witness of Preaching, Third Edition

Ginger gaines-Cirelli, and Edmund Steimle. With this third edition, the Witness of Preaching reaffirms itself as the essential resource for seminary students as well as new and experienced preachers. Long centers his approach around the biblical concept of witness. This is a newly revised edition of one of the standard introductory preaching textbooks on the market today.

LaRue. Zondervan. The sermons were written and originally preached by Barbara Brown Taylor, Cleophus J. Included for the first time are four complete sermons, with Long's commentary and analysis. Used book in Good Condition. To be a preacher, long posits, one whose task is to "tell the truth, is to be a witness to God's work in the world—one who sees before speaking, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth about what is seen.

This updated edition freshens up language and anecdotes, contains an extensive new analysis of the use of multimedia and its impact on preaching, and adds a completely new chapter on plagiarism in preaching. Beginning with a solid theological basis, veteran preacher and best-selling author Thomas G. Paperback book.

Long offers a practical, step-by-step guide to writing a sermon.

Preaching: Communicating Faith in an Age of Skepticism

Used book in Good Condition. Zondervan. Pastor, preacher, and new york times bestselling author of The Prodigal Prophet Timothy Keller shares his wisdom on communicating the Christian faith from the pulpit as well as from the coffee shop. Most christians—including pastors—struggle to talk about their faith in a way that applies the power of the Christian gospel to change people’s lives.

Paperback book. In this accessible guide for pastors and laypeople alike, Keller helps readers learn to present the Christian message of grace in a more engaging, passionate, and compassionate way. Timothy keller is known for his insightful, encounter Jesus, down-to-earth sermons and talks that help people understand themselves, and apply the Bible to their lives.

Penguin Books.

Global Pentecostal and Charismatic Healing

Read together, these essays set the agenda for a new program of scholarly inquiry into some of the largest forces of change at work in the world today-globalization, pentecostalism, and healing-each of which is extremely powerful in itself and which together are reshaping our world in vastly significant ways.

Contrary to popular stereotypes of flamboyant, or sensationally "exorcize" demons, handle serpents, anti-medical "faith healing" televangelists who preach a materialistic, "health and wealth" gospel, fraudulent, this book offers a more nuanced portrait. The collected essays illumine local variations, hybridities, and tensions in practices on six continents, and depict the extent of human suffering and powerlessness experienced by people everywhere and the attractiveness to many of a global religious movement that promises material relief by invoking spiritual resources.

This is the first book of its kind. Used book in Good Condition. Paperback book. Pentecostal and charismatic Christianity is a global phenomenon that comprises a quarter of the world's two billion Christians and is growing rapidly. Zondervan. Used book in Good Condition. This volume's distinguished, political scientists, Europe, anthropologists, international team of contributors includes sociologists, historians, theologians, and religious studies scholars from North America, and Africa.