In The Glory of Preaching: Participating in God's Transformation of the World, Professor Darrell Johnson argues that preaching is part of God's plan for the World. Consequently, when we preach, we participate in the great mystery of God speaking in his word, to the world, through us. Johnson provides a complete map for sermon construction, showing both passionately and carefully, how to deliver the sermon effectively by tying the sermon to the art of communication. Johnson is a brilliant communicator, and his insights will help you season your sermons with clarity and insight. This book truly constitutes not only another 'how to' on preaching, but a genuine theological construction of what a sermon 'is' at its very spiritual and divinely given core. This book is sure to challenge how we think about preaching and inspire us to new heights of expository creativity that will grip our audiences with the massage of the Gospel. As such it is a theology, a hermeneutics, and a preaching guide, and a lesson in the art of communication all wrapped into one.
In these pages you will find a vision of preaching that is both illuminating and inspiring. Drawing from biblical and theological resources as well as years in the pulpit, Darrell Johnson takes us far beyond the mere mechanics of delivering sermons. He dynamically unpacks the link between the human task of speaking to a congregation and the real, gracious action and presence of the living Christ in and through our proclamation. Johnson assists preachers to profoundly engage the biblical text and then liberates them to make use of their own personality, gifts and abilities as they communicate that message. This book is for any pastor or student who wants to cultivate a deeper pulpit approach, one that participates in the transforming mystery of God working through our less-than-perfect proclamation. Here is a solid foundation for preaching the good news as if God was living, Jesus was resurrected and the Holy Spirit was faithfully at work among us.
Darrell Johnson has been preaching the gospel since 1970, serving as senior pastor for a number of Presbyterian churches in California, and of Union Church of Manila during the so-called People Power Revolution. In the fall of 2000 he accepted an appointment to the faculty of Regent College, where he taught preaching, worship, pastoral theology and biblical spirituality. Darrell has authored a number of books, including and In September 2009 he accepted the call of historic First Baptist Church in downtown Vancouver to serve as senior minister. Darrell and his wife, Sharon, have raised four children adopted from four different countries of the world.
"All of us who preach want our sermons to make a difference. In The Glory of Preaching Darrell Johnson turns those 'wants' into real hope. He believes the preaching of the Word of God changes the world because when we preach we are participating in God's own speaking. Here is a treasure book of insights in theology and communication. But most of all it is about preaching as 'standing in the mystery' of God speaking through us. Reading it makes me glad I have preached, wishing that I had preached better and excited about preaching more! Read it and you will feel the same."
"I highly recommend this book . . . it leads the reader to marvel in the wonder of God's grace to draw sinners into his great work of transforming the world! This is 'The Glory of Preaching'!"
"This book will be greatly beneficial for preachers of all theological persuasions and levels of experience. It offers encouragement, inspiration and strategies in almost equal measure and helps to connect homiletical theory with practical realities. A valuable addition to the collection of any preacher."
"A solid reminder of the absolute necessity of God's truth to worship, relationship, and the life of the Church."
"Breathlessly passionate, carefully studied, humbly dependent, spiritually theological, eagerly convicted, thoughtfully practical, joyfully hopeful: these words describe Darrell Johnson, and they are among the infectious qualities of The Glory of Preaching. By all means, read this book and 'participate in God's transformation of the world.'"
"Pastors get asked to do many things, but there is 'one thing needful'--preaching. Lest the 'one thing' get buried in the frenzy of multitasking, we need continual reaffirmation of the 'one thing' that as both glory and mystery anchors our vocation. Welcome Darrell Johnson as a serious and joyous preaching companion. All of us working pastors need a preacher like him in our life."
"'Lord, how can man preach thy eternal word?' asked the seventeenth-century poet George Herbert. Darrell Johnson takes up the question of how a human person can speak God's Word to a contemporary congregation, and he does it in a way that takes us beyond the art of preaching--into its heart. Darrell Johnson's thoughtful, articulate, pastoral voice is heard throughout the book, as he generously shares his own sermon-making experience and expertise with those who are learning to preach. But this book goes beyond being a textbook for preachers: it is a meditation on the mystery of God's self-disclosure. Darrell Johnson has written a book that is a refreshing gift to the church, challenging the reader to engage every sermon, whether as preacher or as listener, in a spirit of awe-filled thanksgiving to the One who continues to speak God's eternal Word through mortal speakers."
"Preachers who wonder whether their preaching is worth the effort will find this book encouraging. Darrell Johnson believes that 'something always happens' when the Word of God is preached. Not only does he tell us what happens, but he tells us why. It is this biblical and theological grounding of the preacher's task that makes this book unique."