Fortress Press

Ministry Preaching

  • Writing for the Ear, Preaching from the Heart

    Writing for the Ear, Preaching from the Heart

    Donna Giver-Johnston (Author)

    In Writing for the Ear, Preaching from the Heart, Donna Giver-Johnston teaches preachers how to communicate effectively--how to get away from their notes and make a more personal connection with their listeners. Grounded in a theology of the incarnation, she offers a step-by-step method for writing sermons with the fewest, most impactful and memorable words and delivered by heart to communicate a message that captures the ears and hearts of listeners.

    $19.99

    Available August 10, 2021

  • Preaching the Headlines: Possibilities and Pitfalls

    Preaching the Headlines: Possibilities and Pitfalls

    Lisa L. Thompson (Author)

    Preaching the Headlines reframes preaching as an ongoing conversation between the modern world and the world of the biblical text. Preachers use what they know about life as a bridge to the text, while life in the text provides the bridge back to faith in the contemporary world. The goal of the book is to provide a process to aid preachers in doing theological reflection on the everyday world as an integral part of sermon development.

    $18.99

    Available August 31, 2021

  • Honest to God Preaching: Talking Sin, Suffering, and Violence

    Honest to God Preaching: Talking Sin, Suffering, and Violence

    Brent A. Strawn (Author)

    Brent A. Strawn focuses on the importance of honesty in preaching, especially around three challenging Old Testament themes: sin, suffering, and violence. He makes the case that preaching honestly about these topics is critical in the church today. Without honesty regarding them, there is no way forward to reconciliation, health, and recovery. He frames this work specifically for working preachers, to help them speak to these thorny themes with depth and clarity.

    $19.99

    Available December 7, 2021

  • 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

  • The Peoples’ Sermon: Preaching as a Ministry of the Whole Congregation

    The Peoples’ Sermon: Preaching as a Ministry of the Whole Congregation

    Shauna Hannan (Author)

    In The People's Sermon, Shauna K. Hannan argues that preaching is not a solo endeavor. It is a communal practice, a ministry of the whole congregation that is most faithful when the process is shared. She invites readers to reflect on what preaching is and to explore roles in the congregation's preaching ministry. Further, she guides readers and their communities through a process that will equip hearers for their roles in the preaching ministry.

    $19.99

    Available November 9, 2021

  • Death by Baptism: Sacramental Liberation in a Culture of Fear

    Death by Baptism: Sacramental Liberation in a Culture of Fear

    Frank G. Honeycutt (Author)

    Gifted storyteller Frank G. Honeycutt calls on his many years of pastoral experience to examine one of the most stunning (and overlooked) theological claims of the New Testament: how baptism radically unites followers of Christ in his death and resurrection. In baptism, we have already died (Romans 6). Disciples commence life in the kingdom on this side of the grave.

    $19.99

    Available August 24, 2021

  • Speak It Plain: Words for Worship and Life Together

    Speak It Plain: Words for Worship and Life Together

    Meta Herrick Carlson (Author)

    Speak It Plain: Words for Worship and Life Together includes prayers for many occasions, seasonal blessings, and a variety of litanies and liturgies for use in various worship settings and special services. This collection is intended to be a companion to other resources already being used for planning worship and living together in Christian community. Selections intended for group use with group responses will be available for download for all purchasers of the book.

    $19.99

  • 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

  • Jesus the Harmony: Gospel Sonnets for 366 Days

    Jesus the Harmony: Gospel Sonnets for 366 Days

    Gracia M. Grindal (Author)

    Author and poet Gracia Grindal has written 366 sonnets based on the life and ministry of Jesus to inspire meditation and reflection. Each poem entry is based on a specific biblical connection and relates to a holy day or season. The book's introduction provides historic background on Gospel harmonies, tells the story of how the author created the sonnets, and offers suggestions for using this unique devotional volume.

    $24.99

  • Grace and Gigabytes: Being Church in a Tech-Shaped Culture

    Grace and Gigabytes: Being Church in a Tech-Shaped Culture

    Ryan M. Panzer (Author)

    Grace and Gigabytes explores the intersection of technology, culture, and church. Examining digital technology not as a set of tools, but as a force for cultural transformation, Ryan M. Panzer explores the networked values of the digital age--questions, connection, collaboration, and creativity; demonstrates the need for the church to change if it is to realize its mission; and makes recommendations for the practice of ministry today.

    $17.99

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Dem Dry Bones: Preaching, Death, and Hope

    Dem Dry Bones: Preaching, Death, and Hope

    Luke A. Powery (Author)

    In an age when the so-called prosperity gospel holds sway in many Christian communities or the good news of Christ is reduced to feel-good bromides...

    $20.00

  • Delivering the Sermon: Voice, Body, and Animation in Proclamation

    Delivering the Sermon: Voice, Body, and Animation in Proclamation

    Teresa L. Fry Brown (Author)

    Teresa L. Fry Brown introduces preachers to the effective use of voice and body in the animation of the word in the preaching moment. Suggestions and exercises...

    $15.00

  • The Collected Sermons of Dietrich Bonhoeffer

    The Collected Sermons of Dietrich Bonhoeffer

    Dietrich Bonhoeffer (Author), Isabel Best (Editor)

    Preaching, according to Bonhoeffer, is like offering an apple to a child. The gospel is proclaimed, but for it to be received as gift depends on whether or not the hearer is in a position to do so...

    $29.95

  • Stories for Telling: A Treasury for Christian Storytellers

    Stories for Telling: A Treasury for Christian Storytellers

    William R. White (Author)

    "Where can I find good, enjoyable stories that deal with Christian values?" "What can I use to communicate the gospel in story language?" Well-known...

    $13.99

  • John: Fortress Biblical Preaching Commentaries

    John: Fortress Biblical Preaching Commentaries

    Karoline M. Lewis (Author)

    With attention to both liturgical interpretation and exegetical analysis, Lewis provides a unique preaching resource that will build biblical literacy by assisting both preachers and listeners in understanding John's Gospel as a whole.

    $22.00

  • The Collected Sermons of Dietrich Bonhoeffer: Volume 2

    The Collected Sermons of Dietrich Bonhoeffer: Volume 2

    Victoria J. Barnett (Author), Dietrich Bonhoeffer (Author)

    In his preaching, Dietrich Bonhoeffer's strong, personal faith—the foundation for everything he did—shines in the darkness of Hitler's Third Reich and in the church struggle against it. Though not overtly political, Bonhoeffer's deep concern for the developments in his world is revealed in his sermons as he seeks to draw the listener into conversation with the promises and claims of the gospel—a conversation readers today are invited to join.

    $29.95

  • Literary Companion to the Lectionary: Readings Throughout the Year

    Literary Companion to the Lectionary: Readings Throughout the Year

    Mark Pryce (Compiler/Editor)

    This beautiful book offers poems and literary pieces for Sundays and principal feasts throughout the liturgical year. Each selection relates to an aspect of...

    $23.00

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