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Preaching Bibliography 2015

Preaching Bibliography 2015

NOTE: The following bibliography has several sections. It begins with several annotated entries compiled in 1994 as a class assignment at Duke University. Afterwards, there is a list of resources, journals, and websites. Finally, I have compiled a list of books that I have read since 1994.

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The Effective Practice of Ministry

I recently was interviewed about  “The Effective Practice of Ministry,” dedicated to Dr. Charles Siburt.  You can watch my interview with highlights on the book here.

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New Page

I’ve added a new page to the homileticalsensings web site entitled Homiletics. The page is located in the right sidebar. The new page has links to three unpublished essays on my preliminary understandings of preaching. The two essays “A Turn Toward the Listener” contain a brief history of preaching’s concern about the listener, my definition of preaching, and a preliminary pragmatic homiletic. Through the next several years, I intend to expand these essays into a homiletical textbook. … I’ve also updated the practical theology bibliography and added an OT Resources for Preaching link. Both files are found under the page Resources.

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Practical Theology Bibliography

During the spring semester the Graduate School of Theology assigned me the task to develop two new courses on intercultural leadership and leading in contexts. Both courses will be offered for the first time in the fall of 2011. My understanding of “leadership” prompted me to gather a bibliography on the subject of practical theology. I recently posted the bibliography on the resources page linked in the right sidebar. While not an exhaustive bibliography, these are the books that have shaped my thinking through the years. May these books bless your ministries.

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Qualitative Research

Endorsement for Tim Sensing’s Qualitative Research

Available at Wipf & Stock Publishers

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Finally! A much-needed resource for Doctor of Ministry programs, this comprehensive text offers a detailed account of the components and purpose of Doctor of Ministry projects. Drawing upon his own experience in such programs, Sensing presents a wide range of social-scientific research tools within an approach to practical theology that is both emergent and dialectical. Aimed primarily at students who assume pastoral leadership of congregations, this text is useful for other contexts of ministry in which transformational praxis is the goal. His attention to forming mature theological thinkers and critically reflexive researcher-practitioners has the power to enhance the quality and credibility of Doctor of Ministry research projects. Sensing’s clarity of thought, purpose and writing style make this text an excellent resource for both students and faculty.

—Lorraine Ste-Marie, DMin, Assistant Professor on the Faculty of Human Sciences and Acting Director of the Doctor of Ministry Program, Saint Paul University, Ottawa, Ontario


In this volume, Dr. Sensing clearly and thoughtfully lays out the process for developing and writing a Doctor of Ministry project thesis. The book focuses primarily on various qualitative research methodologies describing them and giving specific examples of their use. The multi-methods approach he takes allows for both the flexibility and the rigor necessary to produce a quality thesis. Sensing is committed to projects that are grounded in solid theological foundations and implemented in local ministry contexts.  This is a must read book for DMin students and advisers.

—Dave Bland, Professor of Homiletics, Director of Doctor of Ministry, Harding University School of Theology

Tim Sensing has written a major textbook for every seminary’s Doctor of Ministry program.  Appreciating the strengths and limitations of these programs, Sensing offers a guide and sourcebook for students in designing and writing their project theses.  Equally important is his approach to the degree and project in which the student is a practical theologian engaging theology as a communal, formative, critical, and public activity.  The church desperately needs quality doctoral work producing rigorous research that contributes to the practice of ministry.  Those who share this goal have a valuable new resource.


Lovett H. Weems, Jr., Distinguished Professor of Church Leadership, Wesley Theological Seminary, Washington, DC, and author of Church Leadership: Vision, Team, Culture, and Integrity (Abingdon)


For clergy engaged in the serious and unique work of the Doctor of Ministry, Tim Sensing provides a much-needed resource to help students conceive, design and, yes, complete their DMin projects. Sensing builds for DMin students a research toolbox both wide and deep that will allow students to build projects of integrity and substance. Administrators and faculty will find the textbook particularly helpful in directing students to the possibilities, pitfalls, and applications of various qualitative methods. This is a welcome addition to the field of Doctor of Ministry education that will certainly serve to advance the discipline for benefit of both the individual minister as well as the church.

—Rev. Gary B. MacDonald, Director, Advanced Ministerial Studies, Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University

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New Book

I have written a chapter on case teaching in the new book from Alban entitled  Welcome Theological Field Education. The book represents some of the best minds from the Association for Theological Field Education (ATFE). The seminary student is the primary target audience, yet ministers and contextual partners will appreciate the insights. Praxis shapes the foundation of every chapter. Buy and enjoy!

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Top Ten List

Recently I was asked to make some recommendations for what the person should read next. I quickly assessed what the questioner had already read and then suggested Florence and Lose. Because of that moment, I decided to publish a top ten list. Of course, the making of books there is no end, so too is my list.

Top Ten List

[in alphabetical order]

  1. Buttrick, David G. Homiletic: Moves and Structures. Philadelphia: Fortress, 1987. A comprehensive text on homiletical method.
  2. Campbell, Charles L. Preaching Jesus. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1997. An introduction to a post-liberal homiletic.
  3. Childers, Jana. Purposes of Preaching. St. Louis: Chalice, 2004. A series of essays from leading homileticians discussing the heart and soul of preaching.
  4. Eslinger, Richard L. The Web of Preaching. Nashville: Abingdon, 2002. An introduction to the most notable methods of preaching.
  5. Florence, Anna Carter. Preaching as Testimony. Louisville, Westminster/John Knox, 2007. A theology of preaching that offers a hopeful future for the 21st century. An excellent follow-up book once you have read Lose (below).
  6. Gowan, Donald E. Reclaiming the Old Testament for the Christian Pulpit. Edinburgh: T. & T. Clark, 1980. One of the few books that discusses preaching the OT from a perspective that I support. See also Davis, Ellen. Wondrous Depth: Preaching the Old Testament. Louisville: Westminster/John Knox, 2005.
  7. Lischer, Richard. A Theology of Preaching. Durham, NC: The Labyrinth Press, 1981. The best book on the theology of preaching available.
  8. Long, Thomas G. Preaching from Memory to Hope. Louisville: Westminster/John Knox, 2009. The newest book on my list because it offers insight to a new generation of preachers who are mediating the gospel for a more “episodic” world.
  9. Lose, David J. Confessing Jesus Christ: Preaching in a Postmodern World. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2003. A necessary conversation partner with Charles Campbell (above). Lose offers the theology of testimony as a counter to the post-liberal homiletic.
  10. Nieman, James. Knowing the Context: Frames, Tools, and Signs for Preaching. Philadelphia: Fortress, 2008. Every good preacher is also an excellent pastor. Pastors must begin their work by knowing how to listen.
  11. Webb, Stephen. The Divine Voice: Christian Proclamation and the Theology of Sound. Grand Rapids: Brazos, 2004. An excellent discussion of the theology of proclamation.


Other Related Topics
1. Performance Studies

  • Childers, Jana. Performing the Word. Nashville: Abingdon, 1998.
  • Childers, Jana and Clayton J. Schmit (eds.) Performance in Preaching: Bringing the Sermon to Life. Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2008.

2. History

  • Wilson, Paul Scott. A Concise History of Preaching. Nashville: Abingdon, 1992.

3. Rhetoric

  • Corbett, Edward P.J. Classical Rhetoric for the Modern Student, 3rd ed. New York: Oxford University Press, 1990.
  • Wilder, Amos N. Early Christian Rhetoric: The Language of the Gospel. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1971.
  • Bullock, Jeffrey Francis. Preaching with a Cupped Ear: Hans-Georg Gadamer’s Philosophical Hermeneutics as Postmodern Wor(l)d. New York: Peter Lang, 1999.
  • Hogan, Lucy Lind and Robert Reid. Connecting with the Congregation: Rhetoric and the Art of Preaching. Nashville: Abingdon, 1999.

4. Classic Texts

  • Craddock, Fred B. Preaching. Nashville: Abingdon, 1985. (and other texts written by Craddock)
  • Davis, H. Grady. Design for Preaching. Philadelphia: Fortress, 1958.

And as you know, making such a list says more about me than it says about the field of homiletics. For a more complete list of what I have on my shelf, see the bibliographies listed on the resources page or my article “After the Craddock Revolution: A Bibliographic Essay.” Leaven 11 (Fourth Quarter 2003): 211-219. You can download the article After Craddock here.

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