John, you’re so welcome. I used no fewer than ten books regularly in my sermon preparation. Below are the most formative preaching books and resources I’ve encountered over the years, almost all of them assigned to me by Bible college professors, seminary professors, and pastors. Preaching has been a part of worship services ever since God’s people began gathering to worship him – even before Jesus walked this earth. I particularly enjoy the first chapter, where Helm describes several pitfalls of preaching. “The Witness of Preaching” by Thomas G. Long Preaching & Preachers by D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones. Phil Ryken: “The Supremacy of God in Preaching is one of the few truly indispensable books on gospel ministry.” Erwin Lutzer: “Here’s a book that every preacher should read at least once a year. This is my one book, the one I would hand to every preacher. Creative Bible Teaching (Gary J. Bredfeldt and Lawrence O. Richards). The other chapters guide you in applying context and theology to your preaching and then communicating it all as a cohesive whole to your particular audience. John Piper; The Supremacy of God in Preaching. # 4 (4th because the first three are all of equal value) This reality, however, is almost dead in the church. # 5 (although a little long in the tooth by now, it is still a favorite in my library and actually one that I would recommend to *ANYONE* just starting out in which case this would be number 4 and Lowry’s work would be number 5) As to books, read Spurgeon. These are books I’ve not read but that come highly recommended: Please share your favorite book(s) on preaching in the comments below. Preaching: Communicating Faith in an Age of Skepticism (Timothy Keller) — on sale this month. John Piper, The Supremacy of God in Preaching, rev. This is a comprehensive text book on expository preaching. ed. This is another one of my favourite text books on expository... 3. As is true with most of Keller’s works, there is an apologetic bent to this book that makes it stand out. If you can’t remember your material, how can you expect your listeners? It’s the shortest yet most helpful book on preaching I know. It’s authored by two men with disparate styles, but who share a passion for engaging sermons. Charles Koller When I was in school, it was called Expository Preaching Without Notes. I really liked this one: The Art and Craft of Biblical Preaching, edited by Haddon Robinson. D.A Carson, Expositor’s Bible Commentary, Matthew 1-12 (Zondervan). One is not a preacher because of any book, learned technique or otherwise. Preaching: Communicating Faith in a Skeptical Age. I almost included Matthew and Acts because of the sermons in both. Of course a book can be useful IF the person is already gifted and called; the book rides as passenger, as onlooker, merely a sprinkle on top of the cake. Charles! Lists are re-scored approximately every 5 minutes. I’ve been blessed by all of the offerings made in this post. I would call this required reading for any preacher, especially those preaching in more intellectual contexts. The best book on preaching is Bruce Mawhinney – Preaching With Freshness, This book has done more for my preaching than any other book, Copyright © 2020 Faithlife / Logos Bible Software, Biblical Preaching: The Development and Delivery of Expository Messages, Preach the Word: Essays on Expository Preaching: In Honor of R. Kent Hughes, https://www.logos.com/product/166017/expositional-preaching-how-we-speak-gods-word-today. 4. There is a difference. I would call this the one essential book. One objective I have worked hard on is that the congregation I serve would see and hear God and God’s word and not just me and mine. I had a speech class in Bible school that inspired me but didn’t help me know how to organize my talk. I’ve grouped them by category and linked to the Logos resource where we carry them (publisher website when not). Charles preach at a church retreat, and he’s the real deal. Alas, none of my favorite sermon resources are available from Logos (although Craddock, Long, and Brown have contributed to or edited all or part of “Interpretation: A Bible Commentary for Teaching and Preaching;” “Westminster Bible Companion Series;” “New Interpreter’s Bible;” and “Feasting on the Word.”