Keller Helps Preachers Reach the Heart

Matt Smethurst | June 2, 2015

Good books on preaching the Bible abound. Books on preaching to the heart don’t. In his newest volume, Preaching: Communicating Faith in an Age of Skepticism (Viking, 2015) [20 quotes], Tim Keller aims to tackle both. “Preaching is not only explaining the text but also using it to engage the heart,” he explains. “I often see preachers giving so much time to the first task that they put little thought and ingenuity into the second.” 

The result is a much-needed volume—complete with 234 (often substantive) endnotes—that unfolds the basics of faithful preaching (exposition, illustration, application), the unique challenges—and opportunities—of our cultural moment, and the need to make Jesus the saving hero of every sermon. I don’t know of any preaching book that offers such extended insight and practical counsel on understanding the contemporary Western (late-modern) heart. More of a “manifesto than a manual,” this is a superb resource not just for preachers but for anyone desiring to faithfully and effectively convey Christian truth in a post-Christian world.

I spoke with Keller, co-founder of TGC and pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City, about what makes great preaching, how to capture the imagination, Jonathan Edwards the contextualizer, and more.

What’s the difference between good preaching and great preaching—and why does it matter?

Good preaching…

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