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A few days ago I was thinking back to a few classic sermons and essays that have made a significant impact on my own thinking and ministry. They are the sorts of pieces that can get lost in the shuffle in the midst of book recommendations, classic and contemporary. For example, a few that came to mind were:

So I thought it might be helpful to ask some pastors and theologians what they would recommend as sermons or essays that have had a special impact on them, or that they would seriously urge students and pastors to consider reading.

I’m thankful for all of the responses. I’ve tried to add as many links as possible to free versions online:

Bryan Chapell

Graham Cole

Mark Dever

Dever also mentioned three books:

Kevin DeYoung

Stephen J. Nichols

Ray Ortlund

John Piper

David Powlison

  • B. B. Warfield, “Imitating the Incarnation“  (“The last page and a half offers the most riveting description of the goal of Christian living that I’ve ever read.”)

Fred Sanders

R.C. Sproul

Carl R. Trueman

Bruce Ware

  • R.C. Sproul, Lecture on “The Locus of Astonishment” (A brief summary is available here. For a similar talk, listen to “When Towers Fall.”)

Donald Whitney

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27 thoughts on “A List of Important Sermons and Articles That Are Worth Reading”

  1. Kenny Clark says:

    Let the reading/listening commence.

  2. Todd Buck says:

    Thank you so much, Justin for this incredible list, and especially the online links!

  3. Nick Mitchell says:

    “J.I. Packer, “What Did the Cross Achieve? The Logic of Penal Substitution””

    Boo yaa

    1. Doc B says:

      “Boo yaa”

      Is that a good thing???

  4. What an amazing list. Where do I possibly start? Thanks for providing. An excellent idea.

    David,, “Salt and Light”

  5. Nick says:

    Warfield links for “Imitation of Incarnation” don’t work…

    1. Justin Taylor says:

      Nick, hopefully it works for you now.

  6. Tom says:

    The article by George Orwell is a punch in the face to deceptive and vague communication. I wish everyone would read it.

  7. Thanks so much brother, I wish more bloggers, pastors, and preachers would share lists like this. They are truly helpful.

  8. What? No CS Lewis? Amazing!

    1. Truth Unites... and Divides says:

      Here’s a C.S. Lewis essay that’s good reading: Priestesses in the Church?

    2. Arminian says:

      There are actually 4 Lewis pieces in the listings.

  9. Chad McCorkle says:

    What a huge blessing this list is! I love seeing recommendations for suggested readings from leading theologians and pastors!

  10. Sandy Grant says:

    Sorry for not finishing the hyperlink properly – but it will gets you to the article!

  11. Russ says:

    Great stuff! thank you so much.

  12. Thanks for putting this together.

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