25 10 2012

It has been awhile since I have been blogging–typical reasons, papers, exams, lectures, committee work, etc.  However, I thought I would throw out three resources for people to consider.

(1) Review & Expositor.  One of the best resources in Baptist life.  It is the publication of a consortium of eight Baptist institutions (of which one is Central Baptist Seminary).  The latest issue (Summer 2012) has been out for awhile.  It contains some great authors writing on prophetic preaching–an appropriate topic considering the context of the political season.

Michael A. Smith, “Through Much Tribulation:  Prophetic Preaching in an Age of Hopelessness”

Debra J. Mumford, ‘Prosperity Gospel and African American Prophet Preaching”

Donna E. Allen, “Womanists as Prophetic Preachers”

Mike Graves, “WWLD?  The Writer of Luke-Acts as a Paradigm for Pastoral Prophetic Preaching”

Sangyil Park, “Speaking of Hope:  Prophetic Preaching”

Allison J. Tanner, “Unpacking Prophetic Preaching:  The Pastor as Cultured Actor”

(2) Christian History Magazine.

This magazine (it has pictures) often has excellent articles on a variety of topics related to Christian history.  The back issues are available online in PDFs.

(3) Christian Audio

Once a month they provide a free audiobook.  For the month of October, appropriately enough, it is “Martin Luther:  In His Own Words.”  

I have downloaded several audiobooks in the past:  Augustine’s Confessions, Dostoyevsky, The Brothers Karamazov, and John Bunyan, Pilgrim’s Progress.



3 responses

26 10 2012
Leroy Seat

David, I was quite familiar with your first two suggestions, but not with the third one. Upon investigating it, I wonder why you suggested it. True, there may have been some good classical works available, but it seems to be largely a site for quite conservative Christian writers, such as Tony Evans, the author of this month’s free download.

26 10 2012
David May


I agree many of the resources are very conservative in nature and not ones that I recommend or would ever use. The older works, as you note, are often classics, and they are well performed audiobooks. Hearing Augustine’s Confessions aloud is a moving experience. My sense is that Augustine meant for these to be heard aloud and not read silently. I guess I am too trusting of the discerning nature of individuals to separate out the chaff from wheat. At least for my students, I am trying to help them to develop the tools in order to winnow resources. Perhaps I should add a caveat for this particular resource. Or maybe these comments will assist as a “Use with Caution” reminder.

Thanks for the comment.


30 10 2012
Kate Hanch (@katehanch)

Thanks Dr. May! I’ve been reading some Augustine, and hearing it aloud helps emphasize different things.

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