Todd A. Wilson
What could be more full of meaning?—for the pulpit is ever this earth’s foremost part; all the rest comes in its rear; the pulpit leads the world. From thence it is that the storm of God’s quick wrath is first descried, and the bow must bear the earliest brunt. From thence it is that the God of breezes fair or foul is first invoked for favorable winds. Yes, the world’s a ship on its passage out, and not a voyage complete; and the pulpit is its prow.
Herman Melville, Moby Dick
2 or nearly four decades R. Kent Hughes has devoted himself to ex- pository preaching. Believing that not just the world but also the church is on its passage out and not a voyage complete, he has made t h e p u l p i t i t s p r o w — a n d t h e p r i o r i t y o f h i s m i n i s t r y . T h i s y e a r m a r k e d not only Kent’s sixty-fifth birthday, but also his retirement from the position of senior pastor of College Church in Wheaton, a post he held for over a quarter of a century. To mark this occasion and pay tribute to his life and legacy, we assembled this collection of essays written by Kent’s friends and colleagues. Our primary goal has been to produce a volume of good essays on the subject of expository preaching and a book that Kent himself would enjoy reading, because it covers the topics that are dearest to his preaching heart.
Celebratory volumes like this are usually reserved for those in aca- demic guilds and are seldom produced for pastors. However, we thought it entirely fitting to honor Kent in this way because of his substantial contribution to raising the standard of expository preaching in North America and beyond. His own distinguished pulpit ministry, his nu-