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“Where are the Spurgeons of this generation?”  So R. Albert Mohler concludes his call for expositional preaching in today’s pulpits.  Thank God that the man occupying the position of the president of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary would write such a book as this!  Deeply theological, concerned and confident, this is a clearly written book with an important message on THE crucial topic for churches and preachers today.
-Mark Dever, Senior Pastor, Capitol Hill Baptist Church, Washington, DC and founder of 9Marks

This book shows a side of Dr. Mohler that many don’t see. In addition to his roles as a seminary president, discerning observer of culture, and evangelical spokesman, Dr. Mohler excels as a preacher, passionate about God’s Word and confident in its power to save. He Is Not Silent: Preaching in a Postmodern World instructs us in, and urges upon us, a view of preaching that is theologically profound, culturally aware, pastorally sensitive, and spiritually edifying. Evangelical pastors desperately need the clear, confident, and urgent plea that issues from these pages.
CJ Mahaney, President, Sovereign Grace Ministries

I preach because nothing else can satisfy the urgency and passion that God has ignited in my heart for His truth and His people. The same should be true for you. If you can go sell cars or shuffle stocks instead of being a pastor and preacher of God's Word, then go do that. For the rest of us, I'm grateful for my friend and mentor, Al Mohler who dares us to think beyond seminary syllabuses and safe homiletics. Careful-this book can change your ministry.
James MacDonald, Senior Pastor, Harvest Bible Chapel, Bible Teacher, Walk in the Word

Albert Mohler is one of North America's most trenchant, incisive analysts of Christianity and culture. In this passionate book, he makes a persuasive case for the kind of preaching thatour culture needs: the faithful exposition of Holy Scripture, in which the Triune God speaks his own life-giving gospel for the salvation of sinners and the sanctification of his people.
-Philip Graham Ryken, Senior Minister, Tenth Presbyterian Church, Bible Teacher, Every Last Word

As President of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Dr. Al Mohler trains thousands of pastors and ministers to proclaim the Word of God with integrity and clarity. The book you hold is the result of a lifetime of challenging and developing effective Biblical preachers. I predict it will become a classic for the preparation and delivery of sermons that exalt Christ and strengthen God’s church for generations to come.
Dr. Jack Graham, Pastor, Prestonwood Baptist Church, Plano, Texas

"e;According to the Bible, exposition is preaching. And preaching is exposition.”  Dr. Al Mohler’s statement pretty well sums up this powerful volume on the theology of preaching. I wish every young man called to preach could be given a copy of this excellent volume on the necessity of expository preaching. It can transform any pastor’s preaching ministry. Wouldn’t hurt preachers of any age to read this one!
Jerry Vines, Pastor Emeritus, First Baptist Church, Jacksonville, FL and President of Jerry Vines Ministries, Inc.

Mohler at his best.  Chapter 7 alone is worth the price of the book!
-Alistair Begg, senior minister, Parkside Church, Cleveland, OH

About the Author

R. ALBERT MOHLER, JR. is the ninth president of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He also serves as a professor of Christian theology and editor-in-chief of the Southern Baptist Journal of Theology. Mohler is the author of He is Not Silent, Culture Shift, and Desire and Deceit. He lives in Louisville, Kentucky with his wife and two children.

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  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Moody Publishers; New Edition edition (September 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802454895
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802454898
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #400,470 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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R. Albert Mohler Jr. (PhD, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary) serves as the ninth president of Southern Seminary and as the Joseph Emerson Brown Professor of Christian Theology. Considered a leader among American evangelicals by Time and Christianity Today magazines, Dr. Mohler hosts a daily radio program for the Salem Radio Network and also writes a popular daily commentary on moral, cultural, and theological issues. Both can be accessed at

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38 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Tim Challies TOP 1000 REVIEWER on September 23, 2008
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Preaching is not just for preachers. Every Christian can, and, I'm increasingly convinced, should be educated about the task and calling of the preacher. I am convinced that there is great benefit in all Christians becoming students of preaching. This applies even to those who will never stand behind the pulpit and bring the Word of God to His people. The book I would recommend to laypersons wishing to learn about preaching and to pastors wishing to learn how to preach better, is Al Mohler's He Is Not Silent. Just released by Moody Publishers, this book is a brilliant and insightful look at the task and challenges of preaching in a postmodern world. It is not a how-to guide and is not a dry exhortation valuable only for those with theological degrees; instead, it is a compelling, winsome, biblical case for understanding the utter centrality of preaching to Christian worship.

This postmodern world has lost its respect for preaching. Once regarded as the center of Christian worship, preaching is now seen by so many Christians as something that is supplemental instead of instrumental. In the Foreword to this book John MacArthur writes, "One of the clearest lessons we can learn from church history is that strong biblical preaching is absolutely vital to the health and vitality of the church. From the birth of the New Testament church until today, every significant phase of authentic revival, reformation, missionary expansion, or robust church growth has also been an era of biblical preaching." Indeed, from the church's earliest days to the Reformation, through revivals and awakenings, it is always preaching that has been the tool God has used to call, draw, change and revitalize his church.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By D. Daniel on November 4, 2008
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This book is an absolute must read for all pastors, preachers and lay people who are looking to be under a solid teacher of the Word and it serves as an excellent litmus test for their preaching "techniques" to their congregations as well as others that God has placed under them for instruction. Dr. Mohler does not mince words and is very direct in his approach saying that expository preaching is really the only type of preaching there, is all other so-called types fall short. I wholeheartedly agree that our preachers and teachers should, when delving into the Word of God, Read, Explain, Exhort and Repeat. In this day and age it seems more often than not that only snippets of text are used as mere backgrounds for sermons meant to "enhance your life" instead of teach you how to live right and so the text is further taken out of context. It would be quite refreshing and admonishing if our pastors were to preach the whole counsel of God so that we as the body of Christ would be fully equipped to resist the wiles of the devil.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Allen Mickle on December 8, 2008
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Everything Al Mohler writes you should read. Mohler is probably the clearest, most thoughtful, engaging voice in Evangelicalism today. A scholar who writes clearly and addresses issues affecting people in the pew, Mohler contributes to the discussion in any area in which he is writing. He is Not Silent is just the same. Mohler, President of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, KY has hit a home run in a modern call to expository preaching. In a day when preaching is failing on hard times, Mohler's book is a necessary antidote! With the poor state of preaching in the evangelical world today and many readers saying, "another book on preaching?" one must look at the content of Mohler's book in detail to show the contribution it makes to the issue of preaching today in a postmodern world.

The structure of Mohler's book is helpful as it leads in a progressive and logical treatment of the issue of preaching. The preface of the book identifies the problems facing preaching today. Preaching is falling on hard times and Mohler identifies keep issues facing preaching and areas where preaching is suffering today. This sets the stage by identifying the need in churches and the rest of the book provides the cure: expository preaching. Mohler's first chapter outlines preaching as the heart of worship. Mohler writes, "If we as pastors are truly serious about giving our people a true vision of God, showing them their own sinfulness, proclaiming to them the gospel of Jesus Christ, and encouraging them to obedient service in response to that Gospel, they we will devote our lives to preaching the Word" (p. 38). All other issues aside, preaching is the hallmark and capstone of the evangelical worship service.
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22 of 30 people found the following review helpful By V. Williamson on January 4, 2009
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I have always been a fan of Al Mohler. He is one of the few articulate voices proclaiming Truth in a post-modern culture. So, I picked up this book with great anticipation.

Make no mistake. This is a good book, and it ought be read by any committed Believer. However, I was off-put almost immediately by the foreword. And, it telegraphed the overall theme of the book: "Preaching=good. Almost everything else=bad."

I am conflicted in that I agree with the premise of this book. We HAVE strayed away from the Truth of Scripture. We HAVE given our pastors permission to preach in circles, instead of sticking with the Biblical text. We HAVE been too enamored with modern technology. But, Mohler seems to be making the assertion that God's Word can only be heard through preaching. My fear is that, if this view takes hold, we will move back into the days where "the preacher" was viewed as the anchor of the local church (instead of the Body of people being the anchor), and where vibrant Praise is supplanted by a guy who likes to hear himself talk.

The fact is that the Body Of Christ needs to come together to HEAR the Word and to DO the Word. Solid expository preaching SHOULD be the norm. But, it isn't the only way that God speaks to His people. Music is a powerful communication tool. Christian songwriters ought to be encouraged to dig deep and write modern songs that are full of theology, much like the old hymns. One of the reasons I suspect Mohler reacts to the modern church expression is because music has become the focus and so many of the songs are without any grist. They are "feel good" songs. But, we ought not throw the baby out with the bath water. (The pendulum always tends to swing too far in one direction or the other.
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