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Preaching in a New Key
  • Length: 240 pages
  • Dimensions: 6 × 9 in
  • Published: March 11, 2025
  • Imprint: IVP Academic
  • Item Code: A1099
  • ISBN: 9781514010990

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An Expository Preaching Guidebook for Post-Christian Communities

Preaching must connect with its hearers. As the perception of the pastor has changed in recent years, and as congregations battle with increasing doubt, preaching appealing solely to rationality doesn't resonate in the same way as it once did. Post-Christian generations find themselves looking less for a charismatic authority figure and more for healthy leaders who are relationally connected to their neighborhood.

Scholar and pastor Mark Glanville provides a fresh look into the art of crafting sermons for post-Christian contexts. In Preaching in a New Key, he teaches the craft of Christ-centered expository preaching from the ground up. Writing for both new and experienced pastors, Glanville recognizes that it is time for us to reset our compasses.

Bringing together elements that are too often apart, Preaching in a New Key teaches expository preaching integrated with creativity, cultural discernment, pastoral health, justice, missiology, and more. Filled with helpful resources for seminary students and pastors alike, this book includes:

  • Helpful visual aids to help prepare for writing a sermon
  • Guides for how to structure a sermon
  • Examples that show how to implement preaching practices

Preaching in a New Key offers a practical and refreshing vision for crafting sermons that are sustainable for the pastor and resonant with communities.


Prologue: Preach the Word

Part I: Deeper
1. Deeper Self
2. Deeper Church
3. Deeper Context

Part II: Craft
4. Composing
5. Artisan Skills
6. Playing with Heart
7. Preaching Sketchpad

Part III: Tradition
8. Learning the Tradition
9. Trusting the Tradition
10. Exegeting the Tradition

Part IV: Beauty
11. Creativity
12. Posture
13. Church
14. Justice and Violence

Appendix A: Preaching on a Theme
Appendix B: Preaching on a Short Text
Appendix C: Monday Through Saturday Vocations
Subject Index
Scripture Index


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Mark R. Glanville

Mark R. Glanville (PhD, Bristol University) is associate professor of pastoral theology at Regent College, Vancouver, and an Old Testament scholar. He is the author of Improvising Church, Refuge Reimagined, Adopting the Stranger as Kindred in Deuteronomy, and Freed to Be God's Family.