Nathan A. Finn

Historian, Theologian, Teacher, Preacher



April 2013



Book Recommendation: The Young Shepherd

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Wayne McDill: Preaching Guru

My friend Wayne McDill has co-authored a new book for (primarily) younger pastors titled The Young Shepherd: Nathan Murray’s First Year as Pastor (CreateSpace, 2013). Wayne is a seasoned pastor, church planter, state convention evangelism consultant, and preaching professor. He was an influential and respected professor of preaching at Southeastern Seminary for 21 years; he continues to teach for us part-time in retirement. Wayne has written many books on such topics as preaching, pastoral ministry, and personal evangelism. His preaching books in particular have been widely adopted in seminary courses on homiletics. While a professor, he also served numerous congregations as interim pastor, including my own church, First Baptist Church of Durham. Our folks still love Wayne, who is virtually considered a former pastor (he served the church for nearly two years before our current senior pastor was called in 1998).

Over at Between the Times, I offer a short summary and recommendation of The Young Shepherd. I hope you’ll read the blog post and buy the book, especially if you are a less-seasoned pastor serving in an established congregation. Be sure to also check out his other books. I have been particularly blessed by his books Twelve Essential Skills for Great Preaching and Making Friends for Christ: A Practical Approach to Relational Evangelism.