Posted by Mary Wimberley on 2008-04-22

A book by a professor at Samford University's Beeson Divinity School has been named 2008 book of the year by Preaching Magazine.  

Doctrine That Dances: Bringing Doctrinal Preaching and Teaching to Life (B&H Publishing) by Dr. Robert Smith, Jr., professor of Christian preaching at Beeson, was hailed for its practical counsel that will help doctrinal preaching "dance rather than drag."

"At a time when so much of the conversation on preaching deals with presentation, Robert Smith has reminded us that effective teaching must also take the theological task seriously," writes Preaching editor Michael Duduit in the March-April issue of the magazine.

Smith, an ordained Baptist minister, is a frequent speaker at national and international conventions. He is a contributing editor of a study of Christian ministry in the African-American church, "Preparing for Christian Ministry," and with Beeson dean Dr. Timothy George is co-editor of A Mighty Long Journey: Reflections on Racial Reconciliation. 

Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. The Wall Street Journal ranks Samford 1st nationally for student engagement and U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 66th in the nation for best undergraduate teaching and 104th nationally for best value. Samford enrolls 5,683 students from 47 states and 19 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference, and ranks 3rd nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.