Thomas G. Long

Bandy Professor Emeritus of Preaching; Director of the Early Career Pastoral Leadership Program
Thomas G. Long
Phone: 404.727.5144
    • PhD, Princeton Theological Seminary, 1980
    • MDiv, Erskine Theological Seminary, 1971
    • BA, Erskine College, 1968

    Dr. Thomas G. Long’s primary area of research is homiletics (the history, theory, and practice of preaching His introductory textbook, The Witness of Preaching, has been translated into a number of languages and is widely used in theological schools around the world. In 2010, Preaching magazine named The Witness of Preaching one of the 25 most influential books in preaching for the last 25 years. Long gave the distinguished Lyman Beecher Lectures at Yale, which were published in his 2009 book Preaching from Memory to Hope.

    Long is also deeply interested in biblical studies, practical theology, and liturgy. He has written commentaries on the biblical books of Hebrews, the Gospel of Matthew, and the Pastoral Epistles, and his books on the Christian funeral, Accompany Them with Singing and The Good Funeral (co-authored with noted poet and funeral director Thomas Lynch), have generated interest both in the academy and the media. His book What Shall We Say? Evil, Suffering, and the Crisis of Faith, which addresses the issue of innocent suffering and the goodness of God, was selected as the Book of the Year for 2011, an award given by the Academy of Parish Clergy to the best book published for parish ministry in the previous year.

    Long, an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (USA), served as the senior homiletics editor of The New Interpreter’s Bible, and he is associate editor of Journal for Preachers and editor-at-large for the Christian Century. Emory University awarded him the Emory Williams Award for teaching excellence in 2011. His wife, Kimberly, also a Presbyterian minister, is professor of worship at Columbia Theological Seminary in Atlanta.

    Selected Publications

    • Faculty Publication
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    The Good Funeral: Death, Grief, and the Community of Care. Westminster John Knox Press,2013

    What Shall We Say? Evil, Suffering, and the Crisis of Faith. Wm. B. Eerdmans,2011

    Accompany Them with Singing: The Christian Funeral. Westminster John Knox Press,2009

    Preaching from Memory to Hope. Westminster John Knox Press,2009

    Co-Editor,Teaching Preaching as a Christian Practice. Westminster John Knox Press,2008

    The Witness of Preaching, Second Edition. Westminster John Knox Press,2005

    Testimony: Talking Ourselves into Being Christian. Jossey Bass,2004

    Beyond the Worship Wars: Building Vital and Faithful Worship. Alban Institute,2001

    Hebrews: Interpretation: A Bible Commentary for Teaching and Preaching. Westminster John Knox Press,1997

    Matthew (Westminster Bible Companion Series). Westminster John Knox Press,1997

    Selected Awards

    Academy of Parish Clergy 2012 Book of the Year for What Shall We Say?, 2012.

    Doctor of Ministry, Honorary Degree, Virginia Theological Seminary, 2005.

    Emory Williams Distinguished Teaching Award, Emory University, 2011.

    Doctor of Ministry, Honorary Degree, Hastings College, Nebraska, 1998.

    Doctor of Humane Letters, Honorary Degree, Aquinas School of Theology, St. Louis, 1997.

    Henry Luce III Fellowship in Theology, 1995-1996.

    "To Whom Can We Go?" - Prophetic Voices Centennial Academic Conference, Glenn Memorial United Methodist Church, March 19, 2015

    "A Thrill of Hope: The Christmas Story in Word and Art" - November 12, 2009

    An interview with Westminster John Knox Press on Christian funerals, September 24, 2009

    Hear Long preach in Cannon Chapel via iTunes University (2010, 2009, 2008).

    Selected Courses

    Contemporary Homiletical Theory

    Intro to Preaching

    Preaching the Parables of Jesus

    Sermon Design and Delivery