Homiletics and Hermeneutics

Four Views on Preaching Today

by SCOTT GIBSON (Author)Matthew D. Kim (Editor)Scott M. Gibson (Editor)
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Experienced preachers and teachers Scott Gibson and Matthew Kim bring together four preaching experts--Bryan Chapell, Kenneth Langley, Abraham Kuruvilla, and Paul Scott Wilson--to present and defend their approaches to homiletics.

"This book surfaces what is unconscious, and sharpens what is fuzzy, in our approach to preaching--namely, the theological and hermeneutical underpinnings that subtly shape our sermons. Four authors cogently argue for their approach and graciously interact with others. Nuggets of wisdom, insights, and felicitous expressions abound. A stimulating and profitable book!"
--Donald R. Sunukjian, Talbot School of Theology, Biola University

"A team of outstanding preachers and teachers of preaching demonstrate four approaches to the task of hermeneutics in service of preaching. Since interpreting the text is a necessary step in the preaching process, this useful volume will help preachers approach that step with greater understanding and effectiveness."
--Michael Duduit, executive editor, Preaching magazine; dean, Clamp Divinity School, Anderson University

"An interesting and provocative conversation between four professor-practitioners of preaching, illuminating the strengths of each one's approach to the biblical and theological roots of preaching while graciously naming the weaknesses. This book equips readers to understand their own inclinations in hermeneutics and homiletics and enables them to identify the inclinations of others. Helpful and clarifying."
--Mary S. Hulst, college chaplain, Calvin College

"I don't know why this book hasn't been written already--it is such a vital topic for preachers--but it is certainly welcome now. It is a model of clarity and courteous debate among those who long to preach the word of God in a faithful, lively fashion today. Worth reading and pondering slowly."
--Derek Tidball, former principal, London School of Theology

"Gibson and Kim have gathered four respected voices in contemporary preaching that we seldom hear together. Anyone familiar with the recent decades in homiletics will recognize that some preachers are sequestered within a certain tradition but not heard outside that tradition. This innovative and unprecedented volume gives us a quartet of viewpoints never heard in exactly this way. It will spark discussion and response in the academy and the pulpit."
--Joel C. Gregory, George W. Truett Theological Seminary, Baylor University



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Matthew D. Kim, Editor

Matthew D. Kim (PhD, University of Edinburgh) is associate professor of preaching and ministry at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in South Hamilton, Massachusetts, and is a past president of the Evangelical Homiletics Society. He has over fifteen years of preaching and teaching experience and is the author of several books, including 7 Lessons for New Pastors: Your First Year in Ministry.

Scott M. Gibson, Editor

Scott M. Gibson (DPhil, University of Oxford) is the David E. Garland Chair of Preaching and director of the PhD program in preaching at George W. Truett Theological Seminary, Baylor University, in Waco, Texas. He previously served as the Haddon W. Robinson Professor of Preaching and Ministry and director of the Center for Preaching at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. He is past president and cofounder of the Evangelical Homiletics Society and has served as a pastor or interim pastor in churches in Pennsylvania and New York. Gibson has written or edited numerous books on preaching, including The Big Idea of Biblical Preaching and Preaching with a Plan.