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Working Preacher Books

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A new series of compelling, timely books on biblical preaching.

Luther Seminary and Fortress Press are launching a new book series called Working Preacher Books. We believe that God uses good preaching to change lives. Our books will help preachers make the Bible come alive every time they preach.

Working Preacher Books will provide:

  • engaging exegesis for lectionary preachers;
  • practical insights on the art and craft of preaching;
  • innovative ideas about integrating topical series;
  • and more!

What you won't find is someone else's sermons, sermon outlines or illustrations, or multivolume, academic works that weigh down your bookshelf. Instead, think of Working Preacher Books as an extension of WorkingPreacher.org, where we take deep dives on the topics, issues, and questions that matter most to ministry professionals as you engage a complex world and changing church from the pulpit.

  • Preaching from the Old Testament

    Preaching from the Old Testament

    Walter Brueggemann (Author), Rolf A. Jacobson (Foreword by)

    Walter Brueggemann shows Christian preachers how to consider the faith witnessed in several Old Testament traditions and to help them discover rich and suggestive connections to our contemporary faith challenges. He claims that sustained engagement with the Old Testament is worth the effort for the preacher. This volume is part of the new Working Preacher Books series designed to provide timely and compelling books on biblical preaching. God uses good preaching to change lives.

    $18.99

  • Preaching Jeremiah: Announcing God's Restorative Passion

    Preaching Jeremiah: Announcing God's Restorative Passion

    Walter Brueggemann (Author), Carolyn J Sharp (Foreword by)

    In this book, Walter Brueggemann conducts in an experiment in homiletics. He wants us to wrestle with the question: What if we allow the canonical shape of the book of Jeremiah to instruct us concerning the shape and trajectory of the sermon? The preaching task requires honesty about what God requires and a clear proclamation of what God has done and will yet do.

    $19.99

    Available November 3, 2020

  • A Lay Preacher’s Guide: How to Craft a Faithful Sermon

    A Lay Preacher’s Guide: How to Craft a Faithful Sermon

    Karoline M. Lewis (Author)

    In A Lay Preacher's Guide: How to Craft a Faithful Sermon, Karoline M. Lewis provides lay preachers with an essential and accessible guide to the basics of Sunday-morning preaching. In this go-to resource for lay preachers, Lewis lays out in a concise and clear format the steps to preaching a faithful sermon, a process that can be immediately applied to weekly sermon preparation.

    $18.99

  • The Gospel People Don't Want to Hear: Preaching Challenging Messages

    The Gospel People Don't Want to Hear: Preaching Challenging Messages

    Lisa Cressman (Author)

    Lisa Cressman, founder of Backstory Preaching, provides tools to craft difficult sermon messages that can be heard. Part 1 focuses on the preacher's preparation, the building of mutual trust with listeners, and the authority needed to proclaim the gospel with empathy, compassion, and skill. Part 2 focuses on the sermon itself with practical suggestions on what to say and how to say it.

    $18.99

  • Leading with the Sermon: Preaching as Leadership

    Leading with the Sermon: Preaching as Leadership

    William H. Willimon (Author)

    Prolific author William H. Willimon makes the compelling case that two key pastoral tasks--preaching and leadership--complement, correct, strengthen, and inform one another. Preaching is the distinctive function of pastoral leaders. Leadership of the church, particularly during a challenging time of transition in mainline Protestantism, has become a pressing concern for pastors. This book shows how the practices, skills, and intentions of Christian preaching can be helpful to the leadership of a congregation.

    $18.99

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