My New Book: “On Preaching”

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  • RevisionI am excited about the release of my new book, On Preaching: Personal & Pastoral Insights for the Preparation & Practice of Preaching(Moody Publishers. Official release date: May 1, 2014).

    This is my second book, the first being It Happens After Prayer.

    I wrote this book without knowing it. Desiring to grow in my preaching, I began to read and think about preaching. I also started writing brief articles that summarized my views on various practical areas of sermon preparation and pulpit work.

    I was more than fifteen articles into the process before it dawned on me that these collected pieces may be a helpful resource for others.

    On Preaching is thirty brief chapters about sermon preparation and delivery. It also addresses some other areas of public ministry.

    The book is primarily for preachers and teachers. But anyone who reads it will profit from the discussions about the priority of scripture, the importance of proper interpretation, and the work of ministry.

    This is not a textbook. (For a more formal treatment of the subject of biblical preaching, I recommend Biblical Preaching by Haddon Robinson or Christ-Centered Preaching by Bryan Chapell.)

    It is meant for the practitioner, not the theoretician. My goal for this book is not for it to join any scholarly discussion. I truly hope academics will find this book helpful. But my target is the preacher in the trenches of regular sermon preparation.

    Whether you are a rookie preacher or a seasoned pastor, there are many practical nuggets in this book you can start to strengthen your preaching this week!

    I hope you will buy a copy of On Preaching. If you are not a preacher, consider making it a gift for your pastor or a preacher you know.

    Read it. It a pretty easy read you can get through quickly. Or read each chapter slowly and find something in each to help your sermon development process.

    Please tell me what you think about it once you read it. I am not an expert with all the answers. I am a fellow-struggler who lives in the bondage of weekly preparation. It has been my reality all of my adult life – more than twenty-three years now.

    I don’t expect you to agree with me on everything. But I do hope that you this book will start you to thinking and working on your preaching in new and fresh ways. And if you learn something that can sharpen your preaching that I have not considered, please share. We are in this together for the glory of God!

    Click here to get your copy of On Preaching.

    Stay tuned for The On Preaching Podcast that will launch June 2014. It will be a weekly podcast to help you preach faithfully, clearly, and better.

    Likewise, mark your calendar to join me in Jacksonville for the Cutting It Straight Expository Preaching Conference, September 24-26, 2014.

    Click here to register or get more information about Cutting It Straight.


    H.B. Charles Jr.

    Pastor-Teacher at the Shiloh Metropolitan Baptist Church of Jacksonville and Orange Park, Florida.