I have really benefited from reading D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones’ Preaching and Preachers last week. It had been recommended to me for several years, and now that I have read it, I realize how influential this book has been on my own preaching instructors. Preaching and Preachers is actually a series of lectures given at Westminster Seminary back in the 1970’s, and so it reads very easily, like listening to a conversation on preaching. Lloyd-Jones certainly spoke to the necessity of expository preaching and the content of the message, but he also laid out a theology or a philosophy of preaching, examining what it means for a man to speak of God before a crowd of listeners. He also spoke of preaching as an art form, a “romance,” “the highest and greatest and most glorious calling to which anyone can be called.” It was fascinating and also quite moving to listen to these themes drawn out by the man considered by all my contemporary theological heroes to be the greatest preacher of the 20th Century.
There are other preaching books to read if one is looking for a more technical guide for preparing expository sermons (Stott’s Between Two Worlds or Goldsworthy’s Preaching Christ from all of Scripture), but Preaching and Preachers crackles with the fire of a passionate preacher commending the great calling like no manual could. I found his reverence for preaching to be humbling, and his love for preaching to be stirring. It made me profoundly grateful to be a preacher, and excited about next Sunday!