12 Books You Should Read if You Want to Preach Better

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We at Southeastern Seminary have an incredible preaching faculty, including Danny Akin, Jim Shaddix, Scott Pace, Dwayne Milioni, and Ronjour Locke. Actually, while I had good preaching professors as a student, I'm jealous of our students who get to learn from these men (especially our doctoral students who get significant interaction with them). I asked them to give me some books on preaching they would want preachers to read, and here are their recommendations in no order of preference:

  1. Between Two Worlds by John Stott
  2. Preaching and Preachers by Martyn Lloyd-Jones
  3. The Supremacy of God in Preaching by John Piper
  4. Engaging Exposition by Daniel Akin, Bill Curtis, and Stephen Rummage
  5. Power in the Pulpit by Jerry Vines and Jim Shaddix
  6. The Modern Preacher and the Ancient Text by Sidney Greidanus
  7. Text-Driven Preaching by Daniel Akin, David Allen, and Ned Mathews
  8. Speaking God's Words by Peter Adam
  9. The Moment of Truth by Wayne McDill
  10. On the Preparation and Delivery of Sermons by John A. Broadus
  11. Preaching: Communicating Faith in an Age of Skepticism by Tim Keller
  12. Christ-Centered Preaching by Bryan Chapell

I hope this list of resources is helpful to you. Let us know what books you'd add to the list.

By the way, contact me through this site if you're interested in any of the SEBTS doctoral programs in preaching. We offer both a D.Min. and a Ph.D., and neither requires you to move to Wake Forest.

Chuck Lawless is dean and vice president of graduate studies and ministry centers at Southeastern Seminary in Wake Forest, North Carolina, where he also serves as professor of evangelism and missions. In addition, he is global theological education consultant for the International Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention.

This article originally appeared at chucklawless.com.

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