The Folly of Preaching

By Michael P. Knowles, ed.
Grand Rapids : Eerdmans (2007). 264 Pages.

Reviewed by Dr. Alex Montoya
19.2 (Fall 2008) : 267-268

This book has an emphasis on the methods and models of preaching, with Michael Knowles providing a number of well-known and some not-so-well-known preachers giving their emphasis on preaching. The book has four main divisions:

  • “New Creation”: The Social Dimensions of Preaching
  • “Not with Plausible Words of Wisdom”: Homiletic Method
  • “Grace Sufficient”: The Theology of Preaching
  • “Grace Sufficient”: Sermons

Among the contributors are David G. Buttrick, Tony Campolo, Thomas G. Long, Martin Marty, John R. W. Stott, Elizabeth R. Achtemeier, and Haddon W. Robinson. The editor endeavored to garnish the best of these authors, and use it to emphasize the nature of preaching. He utilized the Corinthian exhortation on the foolishness of the message preached as the theme.

As would be expected in a book of this nature, the sections vary in style, approach, and theological foundations. One derives profit in its reading, and the preacher is challenged with various themes. The section on “Sermons” provides examples on models of preaching. Although not intentionally expositional, the sermons do expand one’s concept of preaching.