Here’s a list for all of the homiletic nerds out there

Maybe it’s because I tend to like end of year “Best of” lists, or maybe it’s because of the top 10 book thing going around Facebook. I really don’t know. Whatever the case, I came up with a list of my top 2o books on the art of preaching. They are close to being in a particular order, but it’s hard to say which one I like the absolute best…

1. Preaching as Testimony, Anna Carter Florence
2. They Like to Never Quit Praisin’ God: The Role of Celebration in Preaching, Frank Thomas
3. Sharing the Word: Preaching in the Roundtable Church, Lucy Atkinson Rose
4. Other-wise Preaching: A Postmodern Ethic for Homiletics, John McClure
5. Homiletic: Moves and Structures, David Buttrick
6. Too Good to Be True, Christopher Rodkey
7. Preaching, Fred Craddock
8. Preaching From Memory to Hope, Thomas Long
9. Preaching in an Age of Globalization, Eunjoo Mary Kim
10. Prophetic Preaching: A Pastoral Approach, Leonora Tubbs Tisdale
11. Conversations with Barth on Preaching, William Willimon
12. The Word Militant: Preaching a Decentering Word, Walter Brueggemann
13. The Preaching Life, Barbara Brown Taylor
14. Confessing Jesus Christ: Preaching in a Postmodern World, David Lose
15. Marking Time: Preaching Biblical Stories in Present Tense, Barbara Lundblad

I just realized my list doesn’t include Telling the Truth: The Gospel as Tragedy, Comedy, and Fairy Tale, by Frederick Buechner, so I need to add it somewhere. Doug Pagitt’s Preaching in the Inventive Age also comes to mind, as well as Richard Lischer’s The End of Words. Plus, of course, the collected sermons of William Sloane Coffin, who is one of my heroes. The Renewed Homiletic, edited by Wesley Allen, is also worth checking out — as are so many others, but I have to draw the line somewhere and 20 seems like a nice round number. :-)

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