Preaching Magazine Honors a Book on Expository Preaching in the African American Tradition
February 8, 2021: Preaching magazine has named Say It!: Celebrating Expository Preaching in the African American Tradition the winner of its 2020 Preaching Book of the Year Award. The book was edited by General Editor Eric C. Redmond and published in February 2020 by Moody Publishers. Since 1985, the magazine has annually bestowed the honor to books which it has identified as “[warranting] a spot on the bookshelf of any preacher” and “[standing] out as most helpful and influential in the field of homiletics.”
The magazine states in its Winter issue 2021 (vol. 36: No. 2): “Through the ministry influence of pulpit giants like E.K. Bailey, A. Louis Patterson, Ralph Douglas West and others, expository preaching has become a major emphasis in more and more African American pulpits in our day. Say It! is a reminder and an encouragement that Black preachers can adopt this text-rooted homiletical approach without sacrificing the rich traditions and emphases that make the African American preaching tradition so special. And it is a book that will not only benefit African American preachers but will introduce others to the valuable traditions that characterize the African American pulpit.”
Say It! is a reminder and an encouragement that Black preachers can adopt this text-rooted homiletical approach without sacrificing the rich traditions and emphases that make the African American preaching tradition so special.
Say It! argues that Biblical Exposition is most dynamic when coupled with the African American preaching tradition. Charlie Dates, Romell Williams, George Parks, Jr., Terry D. Streeter, and a cast of pastors and preaching professors collaborate to demonstrate the power of exposition in the cradle of the Black pulpit. The contributors in this volume give examples of African American Biblical exposition in every section of the Old Testament and New Testament. They also explain how to preach from narrative, poetical, prophetic, epistolary, and apocalyptic genres throughout the Scriptures. This important and powerful resource celebrates the faithful, biblical preaching of African Americans that is so often overlooked because it’s stylistically different than the style of most white preachers.
“I want people to know that the most powerful form of preaching God’s truth to all people, e.g., expositional, fits hand and glove with the most powerful style of delivery—that is, with the African American preaching tradition,” says Redmond, Assistant Professor of Bible at Moody Bible Institute. “Our age needs the clear explanation of God’s voice broadcast with the most passionate, urgent, joy-filled, and participatory means known to the sacred desk. Writing Say It! granted me the privilege of working with a representative selection the outstanding preachers within our rich tradition who broadcast the gospel with just this sort of faithfulness.”