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Preach the Word: Essays on Expository Preaching: In Honor of R. Kent Hughes Hardcover – November 8, 2007
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"Kent Hughes and even more the Word of God that he has faithfully preached are worthy of this astonishing array of contributors. I rejoice that the ripple effect of one man's allegiance to the Bible has pushed so many new waves of blessing out of their hearts and into these pages."
—John Piper, Pastor for Preaching and Vision, Bethlehem Baptist Church, Minneapolis
"That Kent Hughes can inspire contributions of such quality tells us something of the esteem in which he and his ministry are held. Here in these papers lasting treasure is to be found-in rare wisdom, fresh thinking, and occasional plain speaking. Highly recommended by one who has been uncommonly impressed and helped."
—Dick Lucas, Rector Emeritus, St. Helen's Church, Bishopsgate, United Kingdom, Founder of Proclamation Trust
"A book packed with preaching wisdom to honor one of this generation's greatest expositors of Scripture. Kent Hughes is rightly honored, but God's Word is ever more highly honored in this special book."
—Bryan Chapell, President, Covenant Theological Seminary
"Preach the Word is not just a treasure trove for preachers-it provides what amounts to a refresher course in pastoral theology. Faithful ministers frequently pause to reflect-'What am I doing and why am I doing it and what does God want me to be doing and how does he want me to be doing it?' This book will prove a tremendously helpful conversation partner for such all-important reflection and self-evaluation. I warmly commend it to all who are serious about doing biblical pastoral ministry today."
—J. Ligon Duncan, Senior Minister, First Presbyterian Church, Jackson, Mississippi; President, Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals
About the Author
Leland Ryken (PhD, University of Oregon) served as professor of English at Wheaton College for nearly 50 years. He has authored or edited over fifty books, including The Word of God in English and A Complete Handbook of Literary Forms in the Bible. He is a frequent speaker at the Evangelical Theological Society's annual meetings and served as literary stylist for the English Standard Version Bible.
Todd Wilson (PhD, Cambridge University) serves as the senior pastor of Calvary Memorial Church in Oak Park, Illinois. Todd has spent over a decade in pastoral ministry, previously serving on staff at College Church in Wheaton, Illinois, and Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He is the cofounder and chairman of the Center for Pastor Theologians, a ministry dedicated to resourcing pastor theologians. Todd and his wife, Katie, have seven children.
David Jackman (MA, Cambridge University) is a renowned Christian speaker and author. In addition to serving as a visiting lecturer at London’s Oak Hill Theological College, he is also a former president of The Proclamation Trust, a ministry dedicated to encouraging and equipping Bible teachers around the world.
D. A. Carson (PhD, Cambridge University) is research professor of New Testament at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, where he has taught since 1978. He is a cofounder of the Gospel Coalition and has written or edited nearly 120 books. He and his wife, Joy, have two children and live in the north suburbs of Chicago.
Paul R. House (PhD, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary) serves as professor of divinity at Beeson Divinity School in Birmingham, Alabama. He has been a pastor or teacher in churches, Christian colleges, and seminaries for over thirty years. He is a past president of the Evangelical Theological Society, an active member of the Society of Biblical Literature, and a member of the Translation Oversight Committee for the English Standard Version Bible. House is the author of numerous books, including Bonhoeffer’s Seminary Vision.
Wayne Grudem (PhD, University of Cambridge; DD, Westminster Theological Seminary) is research professor of theology and biblical studies at Phoenix Seminary, having previously taught for 20 years at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He is the former president of the Evangelical Theological Society, a member of the Translation Oversight Committee for the English Standard Version of the Bible, the general editor of the ESV Study Bible, and has published over 20 books.
John MacArthur is the pastor-teacher of Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, California, where he has served since 1969. He is known around the world for his verse-by-verse expository preaching and his pulpit ministry via his daily radio program, Grace to You. He has also written or edited nearly four hundred books and study guides. MacArthur serves as the president of the Master’s College and Seminary. He and his wife, Patricia, live in Southern California and have four grown children.
Bruce William Winter (PhD, Macquarie University) is the director of the Institute for Early Christianity in the Graeco-Roman World. Winter was previously the warden of Tyndale House at Cambridge and is currently a part-time lecturer at Queensland Theological College in Australia.
J. I. Packer (DPhil, Oxford University) serves as the Board of Governors’ Professor of Theology at Regent College. He is the author of numerous books, including the classic best-seller Knowing God. Packer served as general editor for the English Standard Version Bible and as theological editor for the ESV Study Bible.
Duane Litfin (DPhil, University of Oxford; PhD, Purdue University) is president emeritus of Wheaton College where he served for seventeen years. He is the author of numerous articles and books.
Phillip D. Jensen is an evangelist, a Bible teacher, and the director of Two Ways Ministries.
Philip Graham Ryken (DPhil, University of Oxford) is the eighth president of Wheaton College. Formerly, he served as senior minister of Philadelphia’s historic Tenth Presbyterian Church. He has written or edited more than 40 books, including the popular title Loving the Way Jesus Loves, and has lectured and preached at universities and seminaries worldwide.
Peter Jensen is a retired Australian Anglican bishop, theologian and academic. From 1985 to 2001, he was principal of Moore Theological College. From 2001 to 2013, he was the archbishop of Sydney and Metropolitan of the Province of New South Wales in the Anglican Church of Australia.
Jon M. Dennis (MDiv, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School; MLA, University of Chicago) is the founding pastor and senior pastor of Holy Trinity Church in Chicago, Illinois. He has helped to establish the church's four congregations and various ministries including Hope for Chicago, the Charles Simeon Trust, and the Chicago Partnership for Church Planting. He is the author of several books and is currently working to complete his doctorate of ministry at Westminster Theological Seminary. Jon and his wife, Amy, have five children.
David R. Helm (MDiv, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary) serves as lead pastor of the Hyde Park congregation of Holy Trinity Church in Chicago. He also serves as Chairman of The Charles Simeon Trust, an organization which promotes practical instruction in preaching. He is the co-author of The Genesis Factor (with Jon Dennis), a contributor to Preach the Word: Essays on Expository Preaching, and the author of The Big Picture Story Bible and 1 and 2 Peter and Jude in the Preaching the Word commentary series.--This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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Top Customer Reviews
But this is a terrific book. Each essay was written on an aspect of preaching that would interest Dr. Hughes. Paul House had a great essay on preaching the great Old Testament narratives. He notes that for the early church, they were the God-breathed Scriptures. The aforementioned Dr. Grudem has a great article where he notes the importance of seeing the big picture, how the books of the Bible each have their own message and yet convey one unified thought (there are no contradictions).
John Macarthur (drawing on previously released material) has a nice essay on how he goes about his sermon preparation. The only area where I disagreed was how he waits until the end of the process to consult the commentaries. I look at those early on, after I've read the text and drawn up a preliminary central truth statement. Why, you say? Because the people who wrote these commentaries know their stuff! I want them with me throughout the process of sermon preparation, not just at the end.
D.A Carson's article about the challenges facing 21st century preachers is actually an adaptation of a talk he gave back in 2005. Some of the challenges include pressures to water down scriptural teaching, post modernism's insistence that there is no objective truth, and the inadequate training a pastor may have. Philip Jensen, in the same vain, challenges seminaries to gear their entire curriculum toward the training of expository preachers.
Throughout the book, authors make attempts at defining expository preaching, but my favorite one is the one Bryan Chapell gives where he says that expository preaching is when the message of the Scripture reading is the message of the sermon (or something close to that)
The most boring article was the one by Duane Litfin about the foolishness of preaching. I skimmed that one :)
On the other hand, the article describing Charles Simeon's philosophy of preaching was fascinating, and his ideas are still relevant today.
There was also a wonderful (and convicting) article by Bruce Winter on Paul's paradigm for preaching. His main idea is that preaching that simply exegetes the scripture is insufficient. You also have to know something about the people and the culture you are ministering to, and you need to apply the message to them. Winter's example is 1 Corinthians chapters 1-6.
The last article was a brief biography of R. Kent Hughes' life. It was lovingly written, and it shows how much prayer and family were important to Dr. Hughes. You also see how important it was for him to preach through books of the Bible as opposed to jumping around.
I sensed a great deal of love and respect for the Word of God and for one of its finest expositors, Dr. R. Ken Hughes. Highly recommended.
In this tumultuous time of pastoral turnover, Kent Hughes has been one of the exceptions. He has been in pastoral ministry for the past 41 years, 27 of which was as the senior pastor of College Church in Wheaton, IL. In December of 2006, he stepped down from his full-time pulpit ministry and was given the title, Senior Pastor Emeritus. Now, he is spending his "retirement" years training other pastors in the areas of biblical exposition and preaching.
Because of his expertise in, and passionate advocacy for, expository preaching, it is only fitting that his festschrift focuses exclusively on that subject. In Preach the Word: Essays on Expository Preaching: In Honor of R. Kent Hughes , Leland Ryken and Todd Wilson collected sixteen essays by Hughes' admirers. While I was not initially familiar with all of the writers, I was familiar with several of them such as Leland and Philip Ryken, Wayne Grudem, John MacArthur, J. I. Packer, Phillip Jensen and D. A. Carson
Many times, multi-author collections are disjointed. They more often resemble theological journals than consistently unified, coherent books. That is not the case with this book. The marvelous editorial design is evident as each essay highlights a new facet of the broad section in which it was placed. And the facets of each section combine to form a true picture of the holistic beauty of expository preaching.
The success of the end product came about when the editors picked the individual authors. As they asked each author, they asked them to write about the area about which they were most passionate. Of course, that passion comes across in each individual essay, but it also creates a unified flow and a great overall picture.
While I can easily see this book becoming a staple in seminary classes, it should not be limited to academia. This is not an ivory tower book--it belongs in the libraries of local pastors. It should be read carefully with a highlighter, notebook and a pen. And, at least in my case, certain chapters should be read repeatedly as I seek to be as faithful in my ministry as Kent Hughes has been in his.