I was having lunch with a couple of friends last week…one the church planter of our most recent daughter church and the other a friend who heads a local para-church organization. Sean (the planter) was commenting on a post on my blog (the principles on the use of PPT by Guy Kawasaki) and the other friend asked about the blog. I commented that I started the blog when I realized that I had not read anything new on preaching in a long time. I had been approached by and was interviewing with my alma mater about heading their preaching department (I eventually pulled out), but in the interview process one of the faculty asked a VERY fair question. “What are you currently reading or what have you recently read on preaching?” I am embarrassed to say that everything I came up with was old and they were things I had read years ago. After almost 30 years of ministry it is so easy to get into ruts. And so part of the reason for the blog was to serve as an accountability tool to myself to make sure that I am reading on preaching.
The friend asked, “Reading on preaching? What would you read about preaching?” Ignoring the presumptions behind the question I mentioned what I was currently reading:
1. The “Supremacy of God in Preaching” by John Piper
2. “Preaching” by Fred Craddock
3. I just finished “Preaching:25 Things You Can’t Learn in School” by James MacDonald.
4. I am ready to re-read “Between Two Worlds” by John Stott
(Many of the books and articles I have been reading over the past seven months that I have been writing this blog have been referenced in posts as I have gone along. These are only the things I am in right now.)
I currently subscribe to (and read) Preaching magazine. I have looked at (and used to subscribe to) others, but this one has proven to be most helpful to me.
Blogs and Websites
I have seven preaching blogs that come up in my Bloglines reader. Some of them post several posts per day. A few have more than one person who posts on the blog. Others haven’t posted in weeks. (Eventually if they don’t post, I will delete them). But I find them helpful. You see a number of them referenced here on my site. I also receive e-mail newsletters from preachingtoday.com. They are very frustrating, however, in that you can’t read the articles unless you subscribe to their service which is relatively expensive. (IMHO)
What other resources have you found helpful? Whatever you find helpful, make sure that you are constantly honing your craft. We are instruments in the hands of the master communicator, but we have a responsibility to make sure that the instrument is sharp.