Preaching: Communicating Faith in an Age of Skepticism by Tim Keller. Wisdom from a master communicator, this book aims to be helpful for sharing the gospel in a variety of contexts.
Biblical Preaching: The Development and Delivery of Expository Messages by Haddon Robinson. A classic from the “teacher of preachers.”
Tactics: A Game Plan for Discussing Your Christian Convictions by Gregory Koukl.
With an emphasis on grace, Koukl focuses on how to talk with non-believers about the Christian faith.
Preach: Theology Meets Practice– Mark Dever. A very practical guide to preparing Christ-centered, Scripture-driven sermons.
Teaching the Faith, Forming the Faithful: A Biblical Vision for Education in the Church by Gary Parrett and Steve Kang. In this comprehensive text, Gary Parrett and Steve Kang attend to both the content and process of educational and formational ministries. They set forth a thoroughly biblical vision for intentional teaching of the Christian faith, with a holistic concern for what and whom is taught as well as how and why.
Speaking to Teenagers by Duffy Robbins and Doug Fields. Written by two youth ministers, a good and helpful book focused on preparing and delivering effective talks to teens.
Christ- Centered Exposition Commentary Series. Each volume focuses on “exalting Christ in the book of _____”. The series is helpful for text-based small group discussions for teaching. These commentaries do a good job of relating the text to life and providing good discussion questions.
Ancient Near Eastern Thought and the Old Testament: Introducing the Conceptual World of the Hebrew Bible– John Walton. Walton gives a thematic look at ancient near eastern backgrounds for studying the OT. A must read for anyone wanting to take the study of the OT beyond surface level devotions.
Zondervan Exegetical Commentary Series, Clint Arnold. This is a go-to commentary series, both accessible and in-depth. It also gives lots of helps for preaching points. Available in volume form or as software.
Commentary on the New Testament Use of the Old Testament, G. K.Beale/D.A.Carson. The best resource out there on seeing how the NT uses the OT.
Preaching Christ in a Postmodern World– Dr. Tim Keller and Dr. Edmund Clowney. A lecture series from RTS about Christological preaching, available on iTunes.
Exploring My Strange Bible– Tim Mackie. Podcast by the founder of the Bible Project (see below), consisting largely of excellent sermons.
Knowing Faith – the Village Church. This podcast features biblically sound discussions of Scripture and contemporary culture.
Unbelievable? by Premier Christian Radio. Justin Brierley tackles major questions about Christianity in a format designed to get believers and skeptics talking together.
CPYU (cpyu.org) The Center for Parent/Youth Understanding podcast addresses cultural issues in a Christian context. Podcasts address almost every issue that youth face today. A wealth of information and Christian thinking on contemporary culture.
Enduring Word Commentary (enduringwordcommentary.com). Enduring Word exists to promote the work of Christian discipleship and evangelism worldwide, mainly through the publication and dissemination of the Bible teaching work of David Guzik and like-minded people.
The Bible Project (thebibleproject.com). The Bible Project is a non-profit animation studio that produces short-form, fully animated videos to make the biblical story accessible to everyone, everywhere. They create videos, podcasts, and study guides that explore the Bible’s unified story. They focus on the Bible’s overarching themes and each book’s literary design and are committed to understanding the Bible in its historical context.
The Verses Project (theversesproject.com). A highly recommended resource,” the Verses Project creates musical and visual art that helps people meditate on and memorize Scripture.”
With: Reimagining the Way You Relate to God by Skye Jethani. A five-minute video differentiates religious traditions from Christianity in clear, simple, and powerful words and diagrams. We haven’t been taught to treasure and want God, but to achieve lesser desires by using Him or our idea of Him. A great launching pad for a youth group lesson or a small group discussion.
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