Say It! Review

Book Review: 

As a preacher I read many books on preaching out of a desire to constantly learn and grow. This title collection of sermons by some leading African American expository preachers has proven to be a rich blessing to me.

The first section of the book addresses the issues of hermeneutics with an eye to how context shapes application in the context of expository preaching. The second section five exemplary sermons highlighting preaching from the Old Testament in African American circles. The third section provides three sermons one from the gospels, one from the epistles, and one from Revelation providing readers a fair sampling of preaching from different genres in the African American tradition. In the last chapter Eric Redmond addresses the importance of preaching through books of the Bible as well as how to deal with and anticipate objections.

I think this book is helpful for pastors for several reasons. First and foremost is that oftentimes pastors fall into the trap of only listening and reading those in their own theological, denominational, or cultural tribe which can lead to myopic view of the kingdom. As pastors we should be willing and able to learn from those who love Christ and are faithful in the ministry regardless of whether they are from the same denominational or cultural background. Secondly in the circles I have been in stereotypes of African American preaching seem to become ingrained assumptions which this book helpfully dispels. Lastly Charlie Dates sermon on Jonah in the Old Testament section would be worth the price of the book.

Disclosure: I received a review copy of the book from the publisher for the purpose of reviewing it. The opinions I have expressed are my own, and I was not required to write a positive review.