The Worlds of the Preacher

Navigating Biblical, Cultural, and Personal Contexts

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Building on Haddon Robinson's philosophical approach to preaching, this book brings together accomplished evangelical preachers and teachers to help students and pastors understand the worlds--biblical, cultural, and personal--that influence and impact their preaching. The contributors explore the various inner and outer worlds in which a preacher functions with the goal of helping preachers sharpen their craft. Foreword by Bryan Chapell.

Foreword by Bryan Chapell
Introduction: A Tribute to Haddon Robinson Scott M. Gibson
1. The Worlds of the Preacher Haddon W. Robinson
2. The Preacher and the World of the Old Testament Steven D. Mathewson
3. The Preacher and the World of the New Testament Duane Litfin
4. The Preacher's Personal World Scott M. Gibson
5. The World of Ethnic and Cultural Issues in Preaching Matthew D. Kim
6. The Worlds of the Listener Jeffrey Arthurs
7. Preaching in This Present World Patricia M. Batten
8. The Mission of Preaching in This World Victor D. Anderson
9. The World of History and the Task of Preaching Scott Wenig
10. Preaching to a Culture Dominated by Images Donald R. Sunukjian
Afterword: The Worlds of the Preacher Scott M. Gibson


"Few, if any, have so positively influenced the work of preaching in recent memory as did Haddon Robinson, whose Biblical Preaching is a classic that has been and still is studied in countless colleges and seminaries. With his passing we have lost a giant of the homiletical world, but through the book The Worlds of the Preacher we have a remarkable piece of Haddon's legacy that will bless a new generation of preachers. This volume is a tribute to Haddon in that his students and colleagues further develop his insights on the context of the preaching task. Anyone who preaches or teaches the Word of God will be blessed and encouraged by this outstanding volume."

Michael Duduit, executive editor, Preaching magazine; dean, Clamp Divinity School, Anderson University

"Scott Gibson by training, theory, and practice stands in a rare place to discuss the complex intersection of text, history, context, communication, and mission. His erudition, practical experience, and wisdom hand us a volume for our times. He has selected a top-tier panel of interpreters to navigate for the reader the crosscurrents that push and pull the contemporary proclaimer. Preaching has always been a complex task, and that challenge only escalates. This contribution gives a homiletical GPS for those who ride the pulpit in stormy weather."

Joel C. Gregory, professor of preaching and George W. Truett Endowed Chair of Preaching and Evangelism, George W. Truett Theological Seminary, Baylor University

"Dietrich Bonhoeffer wrote of the importance of 'worldly' preaching that speaks God's truth into the contemporary context. This excellent book will make preachers aware of the many worlds that shape the sermon. From the world of the text to the world of the preacher to the multiform world of cultural diversity, today's sermon enters a landscape that is more like a universe than a single world. Skillfully written by some of the best minds and voices in homiletics, this book will stretch your thinking and improve your preaching. I am happy to recommend it."

John Koessler, professor of applied theology and church ministries, Moody Bible Institute; author of Folly, Grace, and Power: The Mysterious Act of Preaching

The Author

  1. Scott M. Gibson

    Scott M. Gibson

    Scott M. Gibson (DPhil, University of Oxford) is the Haddon W. Robinson Professor of Preaching and Ministry and director of the Center for Preaching at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in South Hamilton, Massachusetts. He is past president and...

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