A well known and often quoted statement on reading says, “Leaders are readers and readers are leaders.” That’s one of the reasons why I have always been an avid reader. You can usually find me with several books which I am working my way through at the same time. I primarily read for fun, personal growth and to equip me to be a more effective and efficient pastor and preacher. On this page, I will share with you the books that I am currently reading. Occasionally I might even share a simple review. I hope this page encourages you to read more and, as a result, become a better leader.
Since I’m currently doing PhD work the majority of my reading time is spent reading for class. Here is a list of some of my required reading for this semester.
Allen, David L. “A Tale of Two Roads: Homiletics and Biblical Authority,” Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society, vol. 43, no.3 (September 2000), 489-516.
Allen, David L. “Preaching and Postmodernism: An Evangelical Comes to the Dance,” The Southern Baptist Journal of Theology, vol. 5, no. 2 (Summer 2001), 62-78.
Andersen, Peter A. Nonverbal Communication: Forms and Functions. Mountain View, CA: Mayfield Publishing Company, 1999. (pp.1-29)
Buttrick, David. A Captive Voice, The Liberation of Preaching. Louisville: Westminster/John Knox Press, 1994. (pp. 1-113)
Cargal, Timothy. “Seeing a Sermon.” Hearing a Film, Seeing a Sermon. Louisville: Westminster Press, 2007. (pp.37-63).
Casagrande, June. It Was the Best of Sentences, It Was the Worst of Sentences: A Writer’s Guide to Crafting Killer Sentences. Ten Speed Press, 2010
Clark, Roy Peter. Writing Tools: 55 Essential Strategies for Every Writer. 10th Anniversary Edition. Little, Brown and Company, 2016.
Crowley, David and Paul Heyer. Communication in History: Technology, Culture, Society. New York: Longman, 1999.
Eslinger, Richard L. The Web of Preaching, New Options in Homiletic Method. Nashville: Abingdon Press, 2002. (pp.11-287)
Franklin, Robert M. “What is the Relationship of Technology to Theology?” The Journal of the Interdenominational Theology Center 24 (Fall / Spring 1996-97): 225-31.
Heath, Chip and Dan Heath. Made to Stick. New York: Random House, 2007.
Horch, Jeff. “A Survey of Visual Resources for Preaching.” Preaching 23:1 (July-Aug. 2007): 10-11.
Jordan, Donald L. and Peter M. Sanchez. “Traditional versus Technology-Aided Instruction: The Effects of Visual Stimulus in the Classroom.” Political Science and Politics 27:1 (Mar., 1994): 64-67.
Lanham, Richard A. A Handlist of Rhetorical Terms. Second edition. University of California Press, 1991 & 2012.
Linn, Marcia C. “The Art of Multimedia and the State of Education.” Educational Researcher 21:1 (Jan.-Feb., 1992): 30-32.
McCroskey, James. An Introduction to Rhetorical Communications. Prentice Hall, 1993.
McKim, Donald K. The Bible in Theology & Preaching, How Preachers Use Scripture: Nashville: Abingdon Press, 1994. (pp.1-198)
McLuhan, Eric and Frank Zingrone, eds. Essential McLuhan. New York: BasicBooks, 1995.
Postman, Neil. Amusing Ourselves to Death: Public Discourse in the Age of Show Business. New York: Penguin Books, 1985.
Pucik, Don. “The Art of Video Sermon Illustrations.” Preaching 22:1 (July-Aug. 2006): 9-12.
Schmidt, Wayne. “The Value of Video: Why Adding Multimedia to Your Sermon May Be Worth the Effort.” Real Worship (Spring 1999): 43-46.
Temple, George. “Why Use Video in Preaching?” Preaching 22:1 (Jul-Aug. 2006): 6-8.
Wood, Nancy V. Perspectives on Argument. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Education, 2003. (pp. 126-145, 394-406)
Zuckerman, Mortimer. “The Tyranny of Imagery.” U.S. News and World Report (Oct. 30, 2006) p. 96, 95.