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. 

About Samford University – Samford University is a premier nationally ranked private university deeply rooted in its Christian mission. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th oldest institution of higher education in the United States. U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 4th among regional universities in the South. Samford enrolls 5,619 students from 44 states, the District of Columbia and 29 other countries in its 10 academic units: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy, and public health. Samford also fields 17 NCAA Division I teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference.