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Featured Author: Thomas G. Long
Thomas Long, the Bandy Professor of Preaching at Candler School of Theology (Emory University), has been around the reformed academic block. He has degrees from Erskine College and Seminary and Princeton Theological Seminary. He began his career as a preacher and has taught at four different seminaries (Erskine, Columbia, Princeton, and Candler). As a preacher, he has been ranked with some of the modern greats, including Billy Graham, Fred Craddock, Barbara Brown Taylor, and William Willimon. Seminarians around the world study his book The Witness of Preaching (Westminster John Knox) as a veritable gold standard of homiletics.
But that isn't what makes Thomas Long so remarkable. What will draw you to Thomas Long is not his fame or his influence, but his heart. Long's book What Shall We Say? is one of the deepest looks at the problem of evil currently in print. While it is accessible enough that anyone could pick it up (and we would expect nothing less from a great communicator like Long) it is a book designed for preachers, aimed at addressing one of the most difficult problems any pastor can encounter: the problem of human suffering. Long takes a hard, honest look at the world we live in and the painful problems that arise, and in response to the titular question of preachers to whom so many believers look for answers, Long takes a good, hard look at Scripture. The coming of Christ is more than just a classroom answer to suffering. In Christ, God deals with suffering decisively. And Long warns against preaching a simple solve-the-problem answer, arguing instead with the latin phrase solvitur ambulando: "it is solved by walking."
This highly effective book is filled with stories, examples, and moving prose. The paperback edition is set to be released this month. Long has also collaborated with another homiletical legend Cornelius Plantinga to edit A Chorus of Witnesses: Model Sermons for Today's Preacher.