I do not have a life-long habit of reading sermons, though I have read sermons at times in my career. I have numbers of pastor friends who routinely listen to sermons and do so for both formational reasons and for their own development as preachers. I tend to use my quieter times for praying and for pondering and for thinking or for listening to music.
, and I headed immediately for Tom Long’s sermon at the back. I heard Tom preach in Nashville and his rare giftedness, made up as it is of pastoral earnestness and potent storytelling, is something I admire in preachers. What I hoped to get from this collection is sermons that are both unlike my low-church evangelical tradition as well as examples of some of the most famous preachers of the 20th Century.