Here are some books I had the privilege of reading this past month and some brief thoughts about each one.
#1 – Biblical Preaching: The Development and Delivery of Expository Messages by Haddon W. Robinson (published by Baker Book House, 1980). While this isn’t my favorite book on preaching, it does fall into my “Top 9 List” of preaching resources. Robinson is particularly helpful in the area of homiletics. When it comes to the delivery of a sermon, he will help you more than most books on preaching. BOOK RATING: 9 out of 10 stars.
#2 – Rediscovering Expository Preaching by John MacArthur and The Master’s Seminary Faculty (published by Word Publishing, 1992). Of all the works the TMS faculty have helped publish, this is by far the best. In this book, you will discover, the history of preaching, the importance of prayer and character for the preacher, the preparation process for preaching, and the “how to’s” of delivering a sermon. If I had to buy one book that covered most everything I needed to know about preaching, it would be this one. BOOK RATING: 10 out of 10 stars.
#3 – Why We Love the Church: In Praise of Institutions and Organized Religion by Kevin DeYoung and Ted Kluck (published by Moody Publishers, 2009). Too much criticism has come in recent years about the church. While the church has its flaws, people quickly forget the church is messy because it is made up of sinners. This book shows us that “organized religion” is a phrase we should feel free to use and the authors do an excellent job “redeeming” a love for organized church. BOOK RATING: 10 out of 10 stars.
#4 – The Trellis and the Vine: the Ministry Mind-shift That Changes Everything by Colin Marshall and Tony Payne (published by Matthias Media, 2009). This book rightly suggests that many churches are involved in building structures (the trellis) and not making disciples (the vine). Too many churches worry about their institution and programs and classes and ministries and forget that our commission is to equip people for the work of the ministry. You will benefit from reading this biblical reminder of why people come before structures and why are focus needs to be on disciple-making. BOOK RATING: 10 out of 10 stars.