Fortress Press

Ministry Preaching

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Real People, Real Faith: Preaching Biblical Characters

    Real People, Real Faith: Preaching Biblical Characters

    Cindy Halvorson (Author)

    Real People, Real Faith portrays biblical characters as multidimensional human beings who journeyed with God. Cindy Halvorson provides practical tools for creating portraits of real people whose relationship with God is like our own. Being touched by a biblical character's story can help one experience the Divine's love and care for them.

    $18.99

    Available February 8, 2022

  • 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

  • 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

  • Storycraft: The Art of Spiritual Narrative

    Storycraft: The Art of Spiritual Narrative

    Walter Wangerin Jr. (Author)

    In Storycraft: The Art of Spiritual Narrative, celebrated author Walter Wangerin Jr. illustrates the power of well-told stories and shows how important embracing story is as an essential tool for preaching and teaching the gospel. The book offers a theology of story that is profoundly incarnational as the Word takes on flesh in practiced speech.

    $19.99

    Available March 8, 2022

  • 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

  • Stuck: Why Clergy Are Alienated from Their Calling, Congregation, and Career ... and What to Do about It

    Stuck: Why Clergy Are Alienated from Their Calling, Congregation, and Career ... and What to Do about It

    Todd W. Ferguson (Author), Josh Packard (Author)

    This book lets pastors who feel stuck know that they're not alone or crazy, and it's not their fault. It helps congregations better support their clergy. And it joins in the conversation about reshaping seminary training and professional development.

    $22.99

    Available April 19, 2022

  • A Gospel for All Ages: Teaching and Preaching with the Whole Church

    A Gospel for All Ages: Teaching and Preaching with the Whole Church

    David M. Csinos (Author), HyeRan Kim-Cragg (Foreword by)

    A Gospel for All Ages helps ministry practitioners craft messages to foster faith in people of all ages. It explores several strategies for proclaiming the gospel among intergenerational faith communities, including meaningful conversation, vibrant worship, and experiential education. Reflection questions and practical advice from experts included.

    $22.00

    Available May 3, 2022

  • Preaching to Those Walking Away

    Preaching to Those Walking Away

    N. Graham Standish (Author)

    Preaching to Those Walking Away explores approaches to preaching typically not taught in seminaries and that reach the spiritual but not religious. N. Graham Standish integrates insights from postmodernism, multiple-intelligences and marketing theories, spiritual formation, counseling, brain research, TED Talks, and other disciplines.

    $21.99

    Available May 10, 2022

  • The Assembly: A Spirituality

    The Assembly: A Spirituality

    Gordon W. Lathrop (Author)

    Gathering with others constitutes the essential symbol of Christianity. Assembly is the biblical name for this local community. The book calls the church to think anew about gathering and to refresh its practice, articulating a spirituality that engages the assembly's gathering into the triune God and turns it toward the needs of our neighbors.

    $26.00

    Available May 17, 2022

  • Shaping the Claim: Moving from Text to Sermon

    Shaping the Claim: Moving from Text to Sermon

    Marvin A. McMickle (Author)

    Shaping the Claim helps the preacher discover the core of the message to be preached—the sermonic "claim." In order to be effective, says...

    $15.00

  • Called: Recovering Lutheran Principles for Ministry and Vocation

    Called: Recovering Lutheran Principles for Ministry and Vocation

    Christopher J. Richmann (Author)

    Called: Recovering Lutheran Principles for Ministry and Vocation traces Lutherans' views on ministerial call and constructively reorients the call to Luther's doctrine of vocation. The book provides insights to those considering the office of ministry and encourages all believers to live their spiritual priesthood in response to neighbors' needs.

    $21.00

    Available May 31, 2022

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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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