Beautiful Light: Religious Meaning in Film

Author: Anker, Roy M.

Publisher: Eerdmans, 2017

The Birth of Jesus the Messiah

Author: Visser, Edward C.

Publisher: WestBow Press, 2017

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Reading for Preaching: The Preacher in Conversation with Storytellers, Biographers, Poets, and Journalists

Author: Plantinga, Cornelius

Publisher: Eerdmans, 2013

In Reading for Preaching Cornelius Plantinga makes a striking claim: preachers who read widely will most likely become better preachers.  Plantinga — himself a master preacher — shows how a wide reading program can benefit preachers. First, he says, good reading generates delight, and the preacher who enters the world of delight goes with God. Good reading can also help tune the preacher’s ear for language — his or her primary tool. General reading can enlarge the preacher’s sympathies for people and situations that she or he had previously known nothing about. And, above all, the preacher who reads widely has the chance to become wise.

Actuality: Real Life Stories for Sermons that Matter

Author: Hoezee, Scott

Publisher: Abingdon Press, 2014

Preachers need stories. Stories, examples, and illustrations bring sermons to life.  Learn how to find those stories and how to use them.

Calvin’s Ladder: A Spiritual Theology of Ascent and Ascension

Author: Canlis, Julie

Publisher: Eerdmans, 2010

The Psalms as Christian Worship: An Historical Commentary

Author: Waltke, Bruce K. and James M. Houston

Publisher: Eerdmans, 2010

The Practice of Preaching: Revised Edition

Author: Wilson, Paul Scott

Publisher: Abingdon Press, 2007

Preaching at the Crossroads: How the World-and Our Preaching-Is Changing

Author: Lose, David J.

Publisher: Fortress Press, 2013

How to Read the Bible through the Jesus Lens: A Guide to Christ-Focused Reading of Scripture

Author: Williams, Michael

Publisher: Zondervan, 2012

Dwelling with Philippians: A Conversation with Scripture through Image and Word (Calvin Institute of Christian Worship Liturgical Studies)

Editors: Halstead, Elizabeth Steele, Paul Detterman, Joyce Borger, and John D. Witvliet

Publisher: Eerdmans, 2010

Imagining the Kingdom: How Worship Works (Cultural Liturgies)

Author: Smith, James K. A.

Publisher: Baker Academic, 2013

Desiring the Kingdom: Worship, Worldview, and Cultural Formation

Author: Smith, James K. A.

Publisher: Baker Academic, 2009

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