“Top Lists” often grab our attention as they represent a quick snapshot of some point of interest. This fall, the Evangelical Homiletics Society will be celebrating 20 years as an organization promoting biblical preaching. As part of that observance, the society will be identifying the Top 25 Legacy Books in Preaching. Many current members are authors of some of those legacy books. And as a member of EHS, I was invited to submit my list of the Top 25.
So, I’m going to devote some blog posts under the Preaching tag to share the rational for my list. Most top lists start with the lowest ranked and then move up until finally reaching Number 1—we’ll follow that practice. I’m sure that many of you may disagree with my list and future blogs will allow for your comments. Let’s start this countdown (countup?), with my choices for numbers 25-21:
25. Teaching as Jesus Taught by Roy Zuck. Jesus is the best preacher of all time and this book helps us understand more about his communication practices and style. About this book, Warren Wiersbe writes: “It is sure to become a standard work on an important subject that no serious Bible student can afford to ignore.”
24. A Voice in the Wilderness: Clear Preaching in a Complicated World by Steve Brown, Haddon Robinson, and William Willimon. This is a short, but powerful book by three gifted preachers and teachers of the Word of God. Although it was published back in 1993, many quotes could quickly go viral in today’s social media world.
23. Choosing to Preach: A Comprehensive Introduction to Sermon Options and Structures by Kenton Anderson. If your preaching could use some variety, Anderson’s book is a great source for freshness with the practical tools to make it a reality. Kent Edwards suggests, “Choosing to Preach does for preachers what Baskin-Robbins does for kids. It shows us more options than we knew existed. And every one is delicious!”
22. The Art of Preaching Old Testament Narrative by Steven Mathewson. Selecting this book is not the result of my friendship with Steve (or his parents, Maynard and Ruth Mathewson), although it does enhance my personal value of the book. Rather, I chose this resource as it has quickly become a classic tool for preaching Old Testament texts.
21. Rediscovering Expository Preaching: Balancing the Science and Art of Biblical Exposition by John MacArthur and the Master’s Seminary Faculty. Concerning this book, expository giant, Wallie Criswell writes, “There can be no doubt but that the exposition of Holy Scripture is the very soul and life of the greatest preaching. No better presentation of that glorious way of preaching could be read than in this marvelous book."