Augsburg Fortress

Fundamentals of Preaching: Second Edition

Fundamentals of Preaching: Second Edition

Originally published in 1983, Fundamentals of Preaching has been a leading comprehensive textbook on preaching, guiding in the novice from the first steps of conceiving the sermon through the actual construction and delivery of it. In this new, revised form, it continues its outstanding qualities, with much input from recent homiletical studies and from the preaching of women.


  • Publisher Fortress Press
  • Format Paperback
  • ISBN 9780800629274
  • eBook ISBN 9781451411409
  • Dimensions 5.5 x 8.5
  • Pages 232
  • Publication Date August 12, 1996


"Killinger's book provides the essential tools for seminary students to learn how to plan and construct good sermons. His book also provides a stimulating "reawakening" or continuing education experience for a busy pastor who wants to improve preaching skills. I would recommend this book highly."
— William Powell Tuck, First Baptist Church, Lumberton, North Carolina, formerly of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, Kentucky

"John Killinger is one of the veterans of the preaching art in our day. He has participated in every facet of this creative process—teaching and preaching, writing on the subject, and most importantly, doing it brilliantly. This volume reflects the growth of his insight over the last fifteen years. What was highly relevant and helpful a decade and a half ago has obviously been enriched and reshaped as new experiences have come his way."
— John R. Claypool, IV, Saint Luke's Episcopal Church, Birmingham, Alabama

Table of Contents

  1. Introduction

  2. The Tradition of Preaching
  3. The Importance of the Bible
  4. The Personal Dimension
  5. Constructing the Sermon
  6. Beginnings and Endings
  7. Illustrating the Sermon
  8. Matters of Style and Delivery
  9. What to Preach
  10. The Person Behind the Sermon