Preachers speak for the same God who once spoke through prophets and apostles. Uniting theological encouragement with practical advice, Greg Scharf gives seminary students, occasional preachers, and seasoned pastors profound tools and insights for preaching faithfully and clearly. He also provides diagnoses, strategies, and exercises for overcoming eight common bottlenecks that can—humanly speaking—hinder a sermon’s faithfulness and fruitfulness.
“If you are asking, ‘Why is my preaching not having the effect that God’s Word ought to have on its hearers?,’ I urge you to read this book with a torchlight on your own heart. There may yet be hope!”
—Conrad Mbewe, Chancellor of the African Christian University, Lusaka, Zambia
“Both preachers-in-the-making and seasoned shepherds who want people to hear God’s voice through their sermons will benefit from digesting this book slowly and thoughtfully.”
—Dennis E. Johnson, Professor of Practical Theology, Westminster Seminary California
“If the core conviction of this book were more widely believed and its clear strategies were more consistently practiced, preachers, preaching, congregations, and churches would be transformed.”
—Colin S. Smith, Senior Pastor, The Orchard Evangelical Free Church
“I think highly of this book! . . . Its strengths are biblical//theological grounding, practical exercises, and a lack of posturing. Greg Scharf takes his craft very seriously, but not himself. He models humility, zeal, and wisdom.”
—Jeffrey Arthurs, Professor of Preaching and Communication, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary
Greg R. Scharf (M.Div., D.Min., Trinity Evangelical Divinity School) is chair of the pastoral theology department and professor of homiletics at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He is a past president of the Evangelical Homiletics Society and was previously pastor to three congregations in three countries.