Preaching magazine's 2008 Book of the Year! The theme of doctrinal preaching and teaching comes to life through the enthusiastic and inspired writing of professor Robert Smith in Doctrine That Dances. Advance Praise: At a time when so much of the conversation on preaching deals with presentation, Robert Smith has reminded us that effective teaching must also take the theological task seriously. He makes his case so well that his book, Doctrine that Dances, is our Preaching Book of the Year. Michael Duduit, editor, Preaching magazine Away with dull doctrinal sermons! Using the metaphor of music, the author shows us how to blend cogitation and celebration--mind and heart--in our preaching of Bible doctrine. You can benefit from his wide kwledge and experience in traditional western homiletics as well as African American preaching. We have much to learn from each other, and this book is a valuable contribution to the current conversation. Warren W. Wiersbe, former pastor of Moody Church, general director of Back to the Bible, and coauthor of Preaching in Black & White A masterful preacher and teacher himself, Smith provides direction for students, young pastors and veteran preachers alike. Pulpits across the land will be strengthened as preachers implement the guidance offered in this volume. Doctrine That Dances will become mandatory reading for a new generation of preachers. It is a joy to recommend this marvelous work. David Dockery, president, Union University Dr. Robert Smith, Jr. is one of the most compelling voices in American preaching today . . . Doctrine That Dances describes the preacher's task in a way that is at once personal, passionate, and provocative. This book describes the kind of preaching that is at the heart of the awakening that must come. Timothy George, founding dean of Beeson Divinity School and a senior editor at Christianity Today
Robert Smith is professor of Christian preaching at Beeson Divinity School, Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama, where he received the Teacher of the Year award in 2005. His research interests include the place of passion in preaching, the literary history of African American preaching, Christological preaching, and theologies of preaching. Smith and his wife have four children.