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Let the Text Talk : Preaching that Treats the Text on its Own Terms

by C. Kyle Walker

Handling God’s Word rightly is a matter of life and death. Souls face heaven or hell in response to the Word of God. Nothing on earth compares to the responsibility and gravity of preaching.

These realities compelled Southwestern Seminary’s first preaching professor, Jeff Ray, to compose Expository Preaching in 1940. By advocating exclusively for expository preaching, Ray established the trajectory of homiletical training at Southwestern that thrives to this day. This volume, therefore, updates and rewrites Ray’s Expository Preaching as a continuation of his legacy.

God desires His text to do the talking in your sermons. Are you willing to let the text talk? This volume aspires to show you how. It is a humble attempt to help preachers do their best to present themselves approved and unashamed as they handle the Word of God.






Published: October 5, 2018

240 pages

6 x 9 inches

ISBN: 978-0-9994119-9-5


About the Author

C. Kyle Walker serves as senior pastor of the First Baptist Church in Cartersville, Georgia. He completed both his Master of Divinity (2010) and Ph.D. (2015) at Southwestern Seminary and served as assistant professor of preaching and vice president for student services from 2015-2019. He is married to Lauren, and they have two daughters, Taylor Grace and Libby, and a son, Clay.