These brief meditations have been collected from the third volume of Francis Grimké's Works, entitled Stray Thoughts and Meditations, a diary written over the last twenty-five years of his life. Grimké's thoughts on preaching display his gospel-centered piety, his wisdom, and his experience of eventually fifty years of pulpit ministry. Preachers from every Christian denomination will benefit from this African American Presbyterian voice of the early twentieth century.
"It is a humbling thing, after a quarter of a century ministering in our nation's capital, to be brought into the presence of a pastor who had done the same thing, only for twice as long. His sermons are assigned reading for our interns. I had not before this read his thoughts on preaching itself. They are excellent. The arrangement of the material as brief excerpts and meditations make the book easy to pick up and to read in brief bits of time. I highly commend this volume, especially to the preachers among us."
— Dr. Mark Dever, Senior Pastor, Capitol Hill Baptist Church, Washington, DC, and President, 9Marks.org
"Log College Press has done the church a great service in collecting the reflections of an essential black voice from the Presbyterian and Reformed tradition. I am genuinely excited about this book because Grimké is a hidden gem that has remained buried for far too long. He was a man possessed of great learning and pastoral insight who ministered faithfully and courageously in a time of sweeping national turbulence and racial hostility. We can all benefit from the vision communicated in these pages."
— Russ Whitfield, Lead Pastor of Grace Mosaic, Visiting Professor at Reformed Theological Seminary, and Director of Cross-Cultural Advancement for Reformed University Fellowship
"I am nothing short of thrilled that Log College Press has published Francis Grimké's Meditations on Preaching. When Grimké says: "I have never had any desire to preach what are called great sermons sermons which display learning or ability, and which are relished particularly by the highly educated members of the congregation; but I have desired and have sought to preach helpful sermons, sermons that meet the real needs of the human heart in the midst of life s trials, struggles, temptations, sorrows..." it makes me want to sit down right there at his feet and learn. Grimké is a Presbyterian hero, but he is a blessing for the whole church. Read and be encouraged, fellow preachers."
— Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III, Chancellor and CEO of Reformed Theological Seminary, and John E. Richards Professor of Systematic and Historical Theology
"Meditations on Preaching is a helpful reminder of the serious nature of the pulpit ministry. Today it is easy to see preaching as an end in itself. However, Francis Grimké, one of the giants in African American church history, reminds us that the power and genius of preaching is in expounding the Word of God, not in echoing popular ideologies. For all who aspire to fill the pulpit, Francis Grimké s wisdom is indispensable."
— Dr. Carl Ellis, Jr., Assistant to the Chancellor, Senior Fellow of the African American Leadership Initiative, and Provost s Professor of Theology and Culture at Reformed Theological Seminary
“How would you like to sit at the feet of a pastor who served a single congregation nearly fifty years, soaking up his wisdom and insight into pastoral ministry? How much would you pay for such an opportunity? Thanks to Log College Press, you have this opportunity and you don’t have the break the bank to do it. That’s because here you have distilled the pastoral wisdom of Francis Grimké, a hero of mine, who served a Presbyterian pastorate in Washington, D.C., between 1878 and 1928. What you’ll find is a feast that will guide you in the Lord’s service for his glory!”
— Dr. Sean Michael Lucas, Senior Pastor, Independent Presbyterian Church, Memphis TN, and Chancellor’s Professor of Church History, Reformed Theological Seminary