SUGGESTION for a future “Classic Studies in Preaching Collection” CP

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Keith Larson | Forum Activity | Posted: Thu, Feb 19 2015 11:30 AM

Ran across a great quote from John Henry Jowett today:

“I have a conviction that no sermon is ready for preaching … until we can express its theme in a short, pregnant sentence as clear as crystal. I find the getting of that sentence is the hardest, the most exacting and the most fruitful labor in my study.… I do not think any sermon ought to be preached, or even written, until that sentence has emerged, clear and lucid as a cloudless moon.… [Then] there will be no danger of unscrupulous text-twisting.… The word of God will dominate our mind, set fire to our hearts, control the development of our exposition and later leave a lasting impression on the congregation.”[1]

Here is a link to the book at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Preacher-His-Life-Work/dp/B009Y856HG/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1424373650&sr=1-2&keywords=the+preacher+his+life+and+work

The one reviewer gives this book 5 stars!



[1] Sidney Greidanus, Preaching Christ from the Old Testament: A Contemporary Hermeneutical Method (Grand Rapids, MI; Cambridge, U.K.: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 1999), 286–287.

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Kevin Maples | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Feb 20 2015 5:55 AM

That is a great quote. Noting the classic works quoted by modern homileticians may be a great way to discover which works to give attention to in the formation of new classic bundles. Great suggestion. 

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Stephen Steele | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, Feb 21 2015 2:17 PM

I would endorse the above and add: The Power of the Pulpit: Thoughts addressed to Christian ministers and those who hear them by Gardiner Spring which has been reprinted by both Banner of Truth and more recently, SGCB.

Joel Beeke: "Gardiner Spring's 'The Power of the Pulpit' is an old classic on preaching that truly believes in the pulpit. It deserves to stand on every minister's bookshelf beside Spurgeon's 'Lectures to my Students' and Lloyd-Jones's 'Preaching.' I'll never forget the first time I read Spring's chapter on a minister's personal piety; it overwhelmed me, and moved me to tears, to silence, to confession, and to prayer for mercy and help. This is a great book which every minister should read and re-read, if he really wants to get a sense of the magnitude, awesomeness, power, and beauty of his calling."

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Stephen Steele | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Apr 21 2015 2:47 PM

Another one: John Brown - Hints to Students of Divinity (Logos already have his commentaries)

His memoir by John Cairns also contains a lot of helpful hints on preaching:

"It is of radical importance to you that your views be not only consistent with, but derived from a careful exegesis of the 'words which the Holy Ghost teachest'...it has been my sincere desire to bring out of the inspired words what is really in them, and to put nothing into them that is not really there'.

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Stephen Steele | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Jun 17 2015 8:34 AM

One book described as 'an old standard on the pastor's office' is Hezekiah Harvey - The Pastor: His Qualifications and Duties. It's referenced extensively in David Campbell's 'Handle that new call with care'. It is also cited in Dockery (ed.) Southern Baptists, Evangelicals, and the Future of Denominationalism (2011) which says that Harvey was 'a prolific Baptist pastor and professor at Hamilton Theological Seminary'.

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Stephen Steele | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Jul 17 2015 12:42 PM

Phillips Brooks - Lectures on Preaching. Recommended by Warren Wiersbe and Kent Hughes.

Charles J. Brown - The Ministry. Republished by Banner of Truth with endorsements by Carl Trueman and Geoff Thomas.

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Stephen Steele | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Jul 17 2015 1:28 PM

John Angell James - An Earnest Ministry: the want of the times (has been republished by Banner of Truth)

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Stephen Steele | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Mar 25 2016 10:37 AM

The Clerical Life: a series of letters to ministers (1898) - with contributions by James Denney, William Robertson Nicoll, Marcus Dods and others.

Some of the chapter titles:
'To a young minister who has been invited to preach in a vacant church'
'To a minister whose sermons last an hour'
'To a minister who has no theology in his sermons'
'To a minister whose preaching is a failure'

Sounds good!

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Stephen Steele | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Aug 11 2016 3:56 AM

3 classic recommendations from Jeremy Walker here - all from authors already in Logos:

William Plumer - Helps and hints in Pastoral Theology
William M. Taylor - The Ministry of the Word
Stephen H. Tyng - The Christian Pastor: The Office and Duty of the Gospel Minister.

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Stephen Steele | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Aug 11 2016 4:02 AM

There are also a few suggestions in this older forum thread here: https://community.logos.com/forums/t/79570.aspx

Also, Thomas Murphy's Pastoral Theology: The Pastor in the Various Duties of His Office is part of the Thomas Murphy Collection on Community Pricing.

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Stephen Steele | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Dec 20 2016 8:34 AM

Keith Larson:

Ran across a great quote from John Henry Jowett today

Tony Reinke: "Always served by returning to Jowett's 1912 lectures on word ministry"

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Stephen Steele | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Nov 7 2019 5:13 AM

There are plenty of books by James Stalker in Logos but we seem to be missing:

James Stalker - The Preacher and his Models (Hodder & Stoughton, London 1892)

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