Following this bibliography of the best available books on preaching, you’ll find a topical bibliography which groups the content of these books into topics, together with relevant page numbers. Thank you to my assistants, Esther Engelsma and Sarah Perez for all their work on this.

Here’s a PDF of the bibliographies together with a list of 500+ online resources on preaching.


Adams, J. E. Preaching with Purpose: The Urgent Task of HomileticsGrand Rapids: Presbyterian and Reformed, 1986.

Adams, J. E. Truth Applied: Application in PreachingGrand Rapids: Ministry Resources Library, 1990.

Akin, D. L., D. L. Allen and N. L. Mathews. Text-Driven Preaching: God’s Word at the Heart of Every SermonNashville: B&H Academic, 2010.

Anyabwile, T. M. The Faithful Preacher: Recapturing the Vision of Three Pioneering African-American PastorsWheaton, IL: Crossway Books, 2006.

Azurdia, A. G. Spirit Empowered Preaching: The Vitality of the Holy Spirit in Preaching. Fearn, Ross-shire, Great Britain: Mentor, 2006.

Beeke, J. R. How to Evaluate SermonsDarlington, UK: Evangelical Press, 2012.

Bridges, C. The Christian MinistryEdinburgh: Banner of Truth Trust, 1958.

Broadus, J. A. A Treatise on the Preparation and Delivery of Sermons (4th ed.). San Francisco: Harper, 1979.

Carrick, J. The Imperative of Preaching: A Theology of Sacred RhetoricEdinburgh: Banner of Truth Trust, 2002.

Carson, D. A. The Cross & Christian Ministry: An Exposition of Passages from 1 CorinthiansGrand Rapids: Baker Book House, 2004.

Chapell, B. Christ-Centered Preaching: Redeeming the Expository Sermon (2nd ed.). Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2005.

Chapell, B. The Hardest Sermons You’ll Ever Have to Preach: Help from Trusted Preachers for Tragic TimesGrand Rapids: Zondervan, 2011.

Charles, H. B. Jr. On Preaching: Personal & Pastoral Insights for the Preparation & Practice of PreachingChicago: Moody Publishers, 2014.

Dabney, R. L. Sacred Rhetoric or a Course of Lectures on PreachingEdinburgh: Banner of Truth Trust, 1986.

Dever, M. & S. Ferguson (Intro.). The Westminster Directory of Public WorshipRoss-shire, UK: Christian Focus Publications, 2009.

Dever, M. & G. Gilbert. Preach: Theology Meets PracticeNashville, TN: B&H Books, 2012.

Eswine, Z. Preaching to a Post-Everything World: Crafting Biblical Sermons that Connect with Our CultureGrand Rapids, MI: Baker Books, 2008.

Gordon, T. D. Why Johnny Can’t Preach: The Media Have Shaped the MessengerPhillipsburg, NJ: Presbyterian and Reformed, 2009.

Greidanus, S. The Modern Preacher and the Ancient Text: Interpreting and Preaching Biblical LiteratureGrand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1988.

Helm, D. R. Expositional Preaching: How We Speak God’s Word TodayWheaton: Crossway, 2014.

Hoeksema, H. C. HomileticsGrandville, MI: Theological School of the Protestant Reformed Churches, 1993.

Kistler, D. (Ed.). Feed My Sheep! A Passionate Plea for Preaching (2nd ed.). Orlando: Reformation Trust, 2008.

Koller, C. W. Expository Preaching Without NotesGrand Rapids: Baker Book House, 1962.

Lloyd-Jones, D. M. Preaching and Preachers (2nd ed.). Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2012.

Logan, S. T. Jr. (Ed.). The Preacher and PreachingPhillipsburg, NJ: Presbyterian and Reformed, 2011.

MacArthur, J. Jr. and the Master’s Seminary Faculty. Preaching: How to Preach BiblicallyNashville, TN: Thomas Nelson, 2005.

MacArthur, J. Jr. and the Master’s Seminary Faculty. Rediscovering Expository PreachingDallas: Word, 1992.

Meyer, J. C. Preaching: A Biblical TheologyWheaton, IL: Crossway, 2013.

Millar, G. & P Campbell. Saving EutychusKingsford, Australia: Matthias Media, 2013.

Miller, C. Preaching: The Art of Narrative ExpositionGrand Rapids: Baker, 2010.

Mohler, R. A. Jr. He is Not Silent: Preaching in a Postmodern WorldChicago: Moody, 2008.

Montoya, A. Preaching with PassionGrand Rapids: Kregel, 2007.

Motyer, A. Preaching? Simple Teaching on Simply PreachingRoss-shire, UK: Christian Focus Publications, 2013.

Murray, D. How Sermons Work. Darlington, England: EP Books, 2011.

Perkins, W. The Art of ProphesyingEdinburgh: Banner of Truth Trust, 1996.

Piper, J. The Supremacy of God in PreachingGrand Rapids: Baker Books, 2015.

Prutow, D. J. So Pastor, What’s Your Point? Philadelphia, PA: Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals, Inc, 2010.

Robinson, H. W. Biblical Preaching: The Development and Delivery of Expository MessagesGrand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2014.

Smith, S. W. Dying to Preach: Embracing the Cross in the PulpitGrand Rapids: Kregel Publications, 2009.

Spurgeon, C. H. An All-Round MinistryCarlisle, PA: Banner of Truth Trust, 1960.

Spurgeon, C. H. Lectures to My StudentsGrand Rapids: Zondervan, 1979.

Stott, J. R. W. Between Two Worlds: The Art of Preaching in the Twentieth CenturyGrand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1982.


Under each subject heading you’ll find the books and page numbers covering that topic. Taking the first entry, for example, if you want to study about how to prepare to preach, read pages 78-85 of Preaching with Purpose by J. E. Adams.

1. Preparation: Preparing to preach

Adams/Preaching, pp. 78-85
Akin/Text-Driven, pp. 101-134
Bridges/Christian, pp. 192-221
Broadus/Preparation, pp. 237-260
Chapell/Christ-Centered, pp. 344-345
Charles/On Preaching, pp. 15-48, 124-131
Dabney/On Preaching, pp. 328-344
Dever/Preach, pp. 79-84
Dever/Westminster, pp. 93
Koller/Expository Preaching, pp. 44-60
Lloyd-Jones/Preaching, pp. 165-204
MacArthur/Preaching, pp. 47-89
Millar/Saving, pp. 63-69
Miller/Preaching, pp. 101-123
Murray/How Sermons Work, pp. 11-18
Perkins/Art, pp. 23-29
Piper/Supremacy, pp. 90-92, 100-102
Spurgeon/All-Round, pp. 329-339
Stott/Art, pp. 254-261

2. Selection: Selecting a text

Adams/Preaching, pp. 21-26
Broadus/Preparation, pp. 30-35
Charles/On Preaching, pp. 50-57
Dever/Preach, pp. 63-78
Dever/Westminster, pp. 93
Greidanus/Modern, pp. 122-140
Murray/How Sermons Work, pp. 19-34
Perkins/Art, pp. 9-22
Prutow/So Pastor, pp. 53-60
Robinson/Biblical, pp. 28-31
Spurgeon/Lectures, pp. 81-96
Stott/Art, pp. 213-219

3. Interrogation: Exegeting a text

Adams/Preaching, pp. 27-33
Akin/Text-Driven, pp. 135-218
Bridges/Christian, pp. 222-286
Broadus/Preparation, pp. 36-51, 128-164
Chapell/Christ-Centered, pp. 59-128
Charles/On Preaching, pp. 58-67
Dabney/On Preaching, pp. 74-104, 154-167, 179-213
Dever/Preach, pp. 107-108
Dever/Westminster, pp. 94-96
Gordon/Why Johnny, pp. 43-60
Greidanus/Modern, pp. 48-121, 188-337
Helm/Expositional, pp. 39-60
Kistler/Feed, pp. 35-70
Koller/Expository Preaching, pp. 28-33, 61-75
Lloyd-Jones/Preaching, pp. 45-63
Logan/Preacher, pp. 192-272
MacArthur/Preaching, pp. 93-135, 171-182
MacArthur/Rediscovering, pp. 119-224
Meyer/Preach, pp. 257-279
Miller/Preaching, pp. 61-77, 125-172
Mohler/He is, pp. 65-75
Motyer/Preaching, pp. 29-88
Murray/How Sermons Work, pp. 35-58
Perkins/Art, pp. 30-53
Prutow/So Pastor, pp. 61-70
Robinson/Biblical, pp. 31-76
Smith/Dying To Preach, pp. 63-76, 113-135
Spurgeon/Lectures, pp. 97-109
Stott/Art, pp. 213-227

4. Variation: Varying your preaching

Dabney/On Preaching, pp. 49-73
Koller/Expository Preaching, pp. 98-102
Murray/How Sermons Work, pp. 59-70

5. Introduction: Introducing a sermon
Adams/Preaching, pp. 59-64
Broadus/Preparation, pp. 97-107
Chapell/Christ-Centered, pp. 237-253
Charles/On Preaching, pp. 73-82
Dabney/On Preaching, pp. 137-153
Dever/Preach, pp. 102-106
Dever/Westminster, pp. 93-94
Koller/Expository Preaching, pp. 77-78
MacArthur/Preaching, pp. 201-204, 243
MacArthur/Rediscovering, pp. 242-247
Murray/How Sermons Work, pp. 71-84
Prutow/So Pastor, pp. 171-180
Robinson/Biblical, pp. 119-134
Stott/Art, pp. 243-253

6. Organization: Organizing a sermon

Adams/Preaching, pp. 47-58
Broadus/Preparation, pp. 78-96, 120-124
Chapell/Christ-Centered, pp. 129-174, 260-265, 350-351
Charles/On Preaching, pp. 68-72, 83-85
Dabney/On Preaching, pp. 105-136, 214-232
Dever/Preach, pp. 85-91
Greidanus/Modern, pp. 141-156
Helm/Expositional, pp. 97-102
Koller/Expository Preaching, pp. 41-43, 76-84, 86-91
Lloyd-Jones/Preaching, pp. 64-80, 205-223
Logan/Preacher, pp. 275-302
MacArthur/Preaching, pp. 185-199, 242
MacArthur/Rediscovering, pp. 225-241
Murray/How Sermons Work, pp. 85-106
Prutow/So Pastor, pp. 71-108
Robinson/Biblical, pp. 77-96
Stott/Art, pp. 228-242

7. Application/Conclusion: Applying and concluding a sermon

Adams/Preaching, pp. 34-41, 131-145
Adams/Truth Applied
Akin/Text-Driven, pp. 269-294
Broadus/Preparation, pp. 108-119, 165-178
Chapell/Christ-Centered, pp. 52-57, 209-236, 253-260
Charles/On Preaching, pp. 91-94
Dabney/On Preaching, pp. 168-178
Dever/Preach, pp. 91-95, 112-118
Dever/Westminster, pp. 96
Greidanus/Modern, pp. 157-187
Helm/Expositional, pp. 89-97, 102-110
Logan/Preacher, pp. 331-349
MacArthur/Preaching, pp. 207-210
Millar/Saving, pp. 69-75
Miller/Preaching, pp. 41-60, 79-97
Motyer/Preaching, pp. 101-118
Murray/How Sermons Work, pp. 107-134
Perkins/Art, pp. 54-68
Piper/Supremacy, pp. 94-100
Prutow/So Pastor, pp. 139-148
Smith/Dying to Preach, pp. 136-154

8. Presentation: Voice and gesture in preaching

Adams/Preaching, pp. 86-113, 153-155
Akin/Text-Driven, pp. 221-268
Bridges/Christian, pp. 296-339
Broadus/Preparation, pp. 281-308
Chapell/Christ-Centered, pp. 329-343, 346-349
Charles/On Preaching, pp. 108-118
Dabney/On Preaching, pp. 30-48, 233-327
Dever/Preach, pp. 119-130
Lloyd-Jones/Preaching, pp. 81-99
Logan/Preacher, pp. 350-366, 445-463
MacArthur/Preaching, pp. 262-272
Millar/Saving, pp. 101-110
Miller/Preaching, pp. 175-200
Motyer/Preaching, pp.89-99
Murray/How Sermons Work, pp. 135-154
Perkins/Art, pp. 71-76
Piper/Supremacy, pp. 102-107
Prutow/So Pastor, pp. 315-332
Robinson/Biblical, pp. 135-166
Smith/Dying to Preach, pp. 155-175
Spurgeon/All-Round, pp. 339-363
Spurgeon/Lectures, pp. 110-139, 272-320
Stott/Art, pp. 262-337

9. Commentaries

Dever/Preach, pp. 84-85
MacArthur/Preaching, pp. 136-170

10. Notes: Preaching with and without notes

Bridges/Christian, pp. 286-296
Broadus/Preparation, pp. 264-280
Charles/On Preaching, pp. 95-105
Dever/Preach, pp. 98-99, 121-124
Koller/Expository Preaching, pp. 34-40, 85-97
Millar/Saving, pp. 43-61
Perkins/Art, pp. 69-70
Prutow/So Pastor, pp. 333-342
Spurgeon/Lectures, pp. 140-153

11. Illustration: Illustrating a sermon

Broadus/Preparation, pp. 179-197
Chapell/Christ-Centered, pp. 175-208
Charles/On Preaching, pp. 86-90, 119-123
Dever/Preach, pp. 109-112
Koller/Expository Preaching, pp. 82-83
Lloyd-Jones/Preaching, pp. 224-243
MacArthur/Preaching, pp. 204-207240-242
MacArthur/Rediscovering, pp. 247-251
Piper/Supremacy, pp. 92-94
Prutow/So Pastor, pp. 119-138
Robinson/Biblical, pp. 97-118
Spurgeon/Lectures, pp. 349-443

12. Evaluation: Evaluating a sermon

Chapell/Christ-Centered, pp. 375
Charles/On Preaching, pp. 148-156
Dever/Preach, pp. 131-141
Millar/Saving, pp. 111-120, 139-164
Beeke/ How to Evaluate

  • Brandon M.

    Thank you Esther and Sarah; what a great service to the Church!

  • Brennan McCafferty

    Dr. Murray, thank you so much for this bibliography. As a seminary student who is always looking for the best resources available, this bibliography will be of tremendous assistance. I will be sure to pass it on to friends.