Within the pages of this book Dr. Tull explores the theology and practice of preaching. He insists that preaching is a craft to be honed, one that grasps the essence of the biblical message, the nuances of day-to-day life, and the skills required to connect the two.

He shares with the reader his own “keys for vital preaching” and concludes by offering sermons that illustrate how these keys can be put to good use. Preachers in search of a fresh look at the art of preaching will find here keen insights and valuable practical steps for the awesome task of proclaiming God’s word.

About the Author

The Reverend Doctor Justin Tull retired from active ministry in June of 2006 after serving United Methodist churches in the North Texas area for 37 years. During this time he was senior pastor of nine churches ranging in membership from 274 to 2200. Since then he has served as Interim Senior Pastor at Suncreek UMC, Allen Texas (2009) and Vista Ridge UMC, Lewisville, Texas (2010). In 2014 he joined the staff of Pastoral Counseling Center of Dallas as a clergy coach.

Dr. Tull was graduated from Hendrix College with a major in literature and philosophy. He received three degrees from Perkins School of Theology: a Master of Theology (1970), a Master of Sacred Theology in Old Testament (1971), and a Doctor of Ministry in Preaching (1985).

Dr. Tull is an Associate Certified Coach (ACC) for the International Coach Federation (ICF) and is also certified as a transitional intentional interim ministry specialist.

Dr. Tull is the author of numerous articles and six books: Wrestlings, Wonders, and Wanderers, Why, God, Why? Sermons on the Problem of Pain, Christmas Journeys: Finding Joy along the Way; Interim Ministry: Positive Change in Times of Transition; Surviving and Thriving in Ministry: Lessons I Learned; Mistakes I Made, and Vital Preaching: The Art of Sharing God’s Word.

Dr. Tull lives with his wife Janette in Carrollton, Texas. He enjoys writing, racquetball, music, and vacationing in Colorado.

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