One of the genres of books that I enjoy as a preacher is the group that deals with act and art of preaching itself. If you have read this blog for any length of time, you have discovered that I have recommended a lion’s share of books about preaching—most have been to do with expository preaching. It is good for preachers to continue to read books that will sharpen their skills as a preacher. Because I believe that preaching—both the delivery by the preacher and the listening by the hearer—is an act of worship, I believe a preacher should do everything within his power to get better at preaching. One of the ways that we can get better is to read books about preaching.
Last week, a friend of mine, Wayne Naylor, sent me a book, A Guide to Expository Ministry which has been edited by Dan Dumas. It is a little over a hundred pages in length and it is packed with very good advice. However, the advice in this book comes from a bit of a different angle in that it addresses the expositor in the first half and the listener in the second half. I believe that churches that trend toward expository, verse-by-verse preaching goes a long way to creating something that takes place in the pews. What takes place in the pews is a heightened awareness of the power of Scripture. So Dumas and his covey of writers are working the angles of both the preacher’s responsibility and the saint’s duty as well.