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Small Preaching: 25 Little Things You Can Do Now to Make You a Better Preacher

ISBN: 9781683594710
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Is bigger always better?

It’s not often that we hear the virtues of the small. Our culture teaches that bigger is better—and that includes church ministry and preaching, too. But what if rather than swinging for the fences, preachers focused on improving their sermons through small habits, practices, and exercises? What if smaller is better?

In a world where “small” isn’t always celebrated, Jonathan T. Pennington provides Small Preaching, a short book of simple tips that can have revolutionary effects over time. Pennington offers preachers 25 words of wisdom that will help shape their preaching for the better.

Praise for Small Preaching

In this delightful little book, Jonathan Pennington proves himself at home in the library and the pulpit.

–Dan Doriani, Professor of Theology and Vice President, Covenant Theological Seminary

This book beautifully combines the renowned exegetical and hermeneutical skills of an eminent New Testament scholar with the heart and passion of a shepherd who loves God's flock.

–Hershael W. York, Dean of the School of Theology and Victor and Louise Lester Professor of Preaching, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, and Senior Pastor, Buck Run Baptist Church

This book will help preachers who are just starting to hone their skills and seasoned ministers alike.

–JT English, Lead Pastor, Storyline Fellowship

Small Preaching may be small in size and length, but not in the practical wisdom of which all pastors desire and need. I commend it to every pastor.

–Brian Croft, Founder/Executive Director Practical Shepherding

  • Introduction
  • The Person of the Preacher
  • Handling Praise Carefully and Gladly
  • Handling Criticism Carefully and Humbly
  • Band of Brothers Preaching
  • Pastoring as Conducting
  • Be God’s Witness, Not His Lawyer
  • Distinguish between Preaching and Teaching
  • Encaustic Preaching
  • Preparation for Preaching
  • Manuscript Writing as Thinking
  • Sermon Writing as Sculpture
  • Snack Writing
  • The Rhythm of Education and the Jigsaw Puzzle
  • Kill Your Darlings
  • Iceberg Preaching
  • “This Sermon Stinks”
  • Practice of Preaching
  • The First Minute of a Sermon
  • The Last Minute of a Sermon
  • Preaching the Church Calendar
  • Preaching the Cultural Calendar
  • The Power of Predictions
  • Every Sermon a Story
  • Make Music in Your Sermon
  • Always Exposition?
  • The Unexamined Sermon Is Not Worth Preaching
  • At Weddings and Funerals, Be a Guide
  • Stealing as Sub-Creating
  • Conclusion
  • Title: Small Preaching: 25 Little Things You Can Do Now to Make You a Better Preacher
  • Author: Jonathan T. Pennington
  • Publisher: Lexham Press
  • Publication Date: 2021
  • Pages: 104
  • Format: Logos Digital, Hardcover
  • Trim Size: 5x8
  • ISBN: 9781683594710

Jonathan T. Pennington is associate professor of New Testament interpretation and director of research doctoral studies at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is also a preaching pastor at Sojourn East Church in Louisville, Kentucky. Pennington is the host and coproducer of the video series Cars, Coffee, Theology and the author of numerous books, including Reading the Gospels Wisely and Jesus the Great Philosopher.


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  1. Willie Arbelaez
    This book has been a great blessing to me. I read one chapter a day and after being a preacher for so many years , I find myself learning and recognizing how much more I need to learn. I highly recommend it to anyone who preaches and want to improve his preaching. Every chapter is an eye opening to understand and view our work with a deeper perspective.

  2. Steven Yates

    Steven Yates


  3. Jake Davidson

    Jake Davidson


  4. Glenn Crouch

    Glenn Crouch


    This is a fine small book with useful tips/advice on preaching. I would advise (as I did) to read just one of the short chapters at a time, to allow yourself some time to mull on it. Probably would also work to add it to your devotional time :) As someone who has been preaching for over 40 years, I applauded many of the chapters, and some were much needed reminders - and yes there were some that I disagreed with - which is also good. It makes you think, and a bit of self-examination of preaching practices is very worthwhile. Highly recommended to fellow preachers - especially those who are starting out.

  5. Rommel



    Recommended for preachers

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