It’s not often that we hear the virtues of the small. Our culture teaches that bigger is better—and that includes church ministry and preaching, too. But what if rather than swinging for the fences, preachers focused on improving their sermons through small habits, practices, and exercises? What if smaller is better?
In a world where “small” isn’t always celebrated, Jonathan T. Pennington provides Small Preaching, a short book of simple tips that can have revolutionary effects over time. Pennington offers preachers 25 words of wisdom that will help shape their preaching for the better.
In this delightful little book, Jonathan Pennington proves himself at home in the library and the pulpit.
–Dan Doriani, Professor of Theology and Vice President, Covenant Theological Seminary
This book beautifully combines the renowned exegetical and hermeneutical skills of an eminent New Testament scholar with the heart and passion of a shepherd who loves God's flock.
–Hershael W. York, Dean of the School of Theology and Victor and Louise Lester Professor of Preaching, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, and Senior Pastor, Buck Run Baptist Church
This book will help preachers who are just starting to hone their skills and seasoned ministers alike.
–JT English, Lead Pastor, Storyline Fellowship
Small Preaching may be small in size and length, but not in the practical wisdom of which all pastors desire and need. I commend it to every pastor.
–Brian Croft, Founder/Executive Director Practical Shepherding
“What is the distinction? We can define preaching as the invitational and exhortational proclamation of biblical and theological truth. Teaching, by contrast, is the explanation and explication of biblical and theological truth.” (Page 30)
“I suggest that how you handle criticism will most often be the deciding factor in whether you survive at a church and in ministry overall.” (Page 13)
“first of all, decide that you will not respond immediately” (Page 14)
“Encaustic preaching as a metaphor casts a vision for taking a long-arc view of preaching, a layer-by-layer, slow approach to your life as a preacher.8 Preachers should view each sermon they preach as but one layer of wax, one color for one bit of the overall picture.” (Page 34)
“simplicity in preaching that is rooted in depth of understanding.” (Page 60)
Jonathan T. Pennington is associate professor of New Testament interpretation and director of research doctoral studies at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is also a preaching pastor at Sojourn East Church in Louisville, Kentucky. Pennington is the host and coproducer of the video series Cars, Coffee, Theology and the author of numerous books, including Reading the Gospels Wisely and Jesus the Great Philosopher.