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Dr. Jeffrey Arthurs

Dean of the Hamilton Campus, Robinson Chair of Preaching and Communication

Biography:

Jeff was raised in western PA in a nominally Christian home and came to saving faith in Christ when he was fourteen years old. His life was turned upside down as he soon became deeply involved in the life of the church, receiving a call to preach at age sixteen. To this day his passion is preaching, and he uses his wide-ranging communication experience as a teacher, pastor, missionary, director, announcer, and consultant to equip others to more effectively proclaim the Word. He is a professor of preaching and communication at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, South Hamilton, MA. His books reflect his love of preaching and communication: Preaching with Variety, Devote Yourself to Public Reading of Scripture, and Preaching As Reminding. Jeff is interim pastor at Cross Bridge in Lexington, MA. Dr. Arthurs has been married for thirty-eight years and enjoys playing tennis and disc golf with his wife. They are the parents of one son, Daniel.

Degrees

  • B. A. (Bob Jones University)
  • M. A. (Bob Jones University)
  • M. A. (Western Seminary, Portland, OR)
  • Ph. D. (Purdue University)

Featured Publications

Select List of Publications

  • Preaching as Reminding: Stirring Memory in an Age of Forgetfulness. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2016. [Christianity Today’s 2019 Book of the Year for The Church/Pastoral Leadership]
  • “The Lord’s Remembrancers.” Evangelical Homiletics Society 14 (2014): 32:45.
  • Devote Yourself to the Public Reading of Scripture: The Power of the Well Spoken Word. Grand Rapids: Kregel, 2012.
  • “Perpetually Connected?: The Effects and Implications of Ambient Technology on Christian Worshippers” (co-authored with Jared Alcántara). Africanus Journal 3(1) (2011): 5-14; Evangelical Homiletics Society 11 (2011): 50-65.
  • “Robert Schuler’s Use of Scripture.” Evangelical Homiletics Society 10 (2010): 64-78.
  • “Proverbs.” Pages 103-104 in The New Interpreter’s Handbook of PreachingEdited by Paul Scott Wilson. Nashville: Abingdon, 2008.
  • Preaching With Variety: How to Recreate the Dynamics of Biblical Genres. Grand Rapids: Kregel, 2007.
  • “Preaching the Old Testament Narratives.” Pages 73-85 in Preaching the Old TestamentEdited by Scott M. Gibson. Grand Rapids: Baker Books, 2006.
  • “Short Sentences Long Remembered: Preaching Genre Sensitive Sermons from Proverbs.” Evangelical Homiletics Society 5 (2005): 4-19.
  • “The Postmodern Mind and Preaching.” Pages 177-197 in Preaching to a Shifting Culture: 12 Perspectives on Communicating that Connects. Edited by Scott M. Gibson. Grand Rapids: Baker Books, 2004.
  • “The Place of Pathos in Preaching.” Evangelical Homiletics Society 1 (2001): 1-10.
  • “Theological and Rhetorical Perspectives on Self-Disclosure in Preaching” (co-authored with Andrew Gurevich). Bibliotheca Sacra 157 (2000): 215-26.
  • “Proclamation Through Conversation: Dialogue as a Form for Preaching” (co-authored with Andrew Gurevich). American Academy of Ministry 5 (1997): 35-45.
  • “Proverbs in Inspirational Literature: Sanctioning the American Dream.” Journal of Communication and Religion 17(2) (1994): 1-16.
  • “The Term Rhetor in Fifth and Fourth-Century B.C.E. Greek Texts.” Rhetoric Society Quarterly 23 (1994): 1-10.
  • “The Ego Function of Conscientization as Employed by Small Groups of the Liberation Theology Movement.” Journal of Communication and Religion 15(2) (1992): 1-14.

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