The Greatest Living Preachers

With the recent passing of John R.W. Stott, Christianity lost not only one of it’s greatest living preachers…but one of it’s greatest men. We are at place where within the next ten years we are likely to lose five or more of our greatest living preachers. My question is, “Who are they?” Who do you think is the greatest living Christian preacher? Fred Craddock, Billy Graham, T.D. Jakes, Barbara Brown Taylor, Chuck Swindoll? These are names that made the list in the comments of a post I did a few years ago.

Those are all great. I guess one might have to say Billy Graham. But, I love Fred Craddock’s preaching. Two recent Craddock books have been released over the last six months that have reaffirmed his standing in my mind as the epitome of the storytelling sage. I was blessed to have breakfast with Craddock once when I was in graduate school. I was impressed with his deep humility and willingness to speak with me as a peer–though I was nowhere close to such. Really great preachers can bring life to lifeless texts. Or, I should say, they help us see what is living in texts that may look dead from the outside. That’s Fred Craddock.

Who are today’s greatest living preachers, and why would you consider them so?

 

Dr. Tim Spivey is Lead Planter of New Vintage Church in San Diego, California. He is the author of numerous articles and one book, "Jesus: The Powerful Servant." A sought after speaker for events, Tim also serves as Adjunct Professor of Religion at Pepperdine University. Tim serves as a church consultant, and his writings are featured on ChurchLeaders.com, Church Executive magazine, Faith Village, Sermon Central, and Giving Rocket.

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  2. Though he is known more for his work as an Old Testament scholar, Walter Brueggemann is an excellent preacher…especially if one enjoys the post-liberal approach to preaching. From a more traditional and evangelical standpoint, David Jeremiah is also a good preacher.