Jan 4, 2010

Concluding Observations on The Glory of Preaching

I have devoted a number of posts to introducing Darrell Johnson’s The Glory of Preaching (see here, here, here, and here). Having now read the book I offer the following concluding observations. First, this is a book about preaching for preachers. This might seem obvious given the title, but it is important to note that Johnson often assumes
that his audience has a general familiarity with exegesis, homiletics, and general theological studies. Those less familiar with these disciplines might feel a bit lost at times. This leads to a second observation, that this work is not really an introductory text to expository preaching. Johnson does discuss the process of creating and delivering a sermon, but not in sufficient detail as to serve as an introductory text. Third, while The Glory of Preaching is not introductory, it is warmly devotional and motivational. The author clearly appreciates the practice of preaching and how that practice relates to the church, the world, and the preacher himself. In conclusion, I would recommend this book to preachers who are in need both of affirmation concerning the importance of what they do and encouragement to do better what they do.

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