What Others Say About It

Here are some of the things others are saying about Folly, Grace & Power: The Mysterious Act of Preaching. Feel free to add your own comments.

For those who preach and for those who value preaching, John Koessler has written an inspiring and responsible theological reflection on the proclamation of the Word. This book is full of meaty insights, such as his points that to preach is to inflect the Word of God and that preaching is an exercise not just in communication but also in incarnation. Indeed, Koessler challenges us with the inspiring and sobering truth that to preach is to prepare others for eternity.  

Dr. Chris Brauns, Pastor, The Red Brick Church. Stillman Valley, Illinois; author, Unpacking Forgiveness and When the Word Leads Your Pastoral Search


  Preaching is the sweetest agony in the world. I know of nothing that is more rewarding, more haunting, more ego smashing, and more gratifying than ministry of proclamation. Every once in a while a book on preaching comes along that helps us ramp up the sweetness and reduce the agony. John Koessler’s Folly, Grace, and Power is one of those books. Whether you are a seasoned preacher or just getting started, if you care about being an effective preacher, this book is a must-read for you.

Dr. Joseph M. Stowell, President, Cornerstone University


 John Koessler reminds us that preaching is nothing less than raising the dead. This book makes me want to preach! Folly, Grace, and Power will give you fresh courage to preach your guts out through the power that Jesus supplies.

Justin Buzzard, Lead Pastor, Garden City Church, San Jose,  BuzzardBlog


 John Koessler has written a fine book, an unyielding reminder that preachers are theologians who must not capitulate to the idols of popularity or success, and a steady encouragement that God uses the foolishness of preaching to minister with grace and power. This well-written book is thoughtful, full of images, blending narrative and proposition will help pastors meditate on their calling.

Jeffrey Arthurs, Professor of Preaching and Communication, Chair of the Division of Practical Theology, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary


Once, years ago, I toured a nuclear power plant. I didn’t see power, of course, but I saw the astonishing interior engineering of power before it courses out to our homes, This book, Folly, Grace, and Power, took me into the interior powerhouse of preaching.  John Koessler’s vivid language and freshly wrapped theology of preaching made me restless for next Sunday and the pulpit that awaits me.

Lee Eclov, Paslor, Village Church of Lincolnshire, Illinois


Finally! A book for communicators of God’s Word that addresses theology nore than tactics, the divine more than the delivery.

Dave Johnson, Senior Pastor, liver of life Church, Elk River, Minnesota


John Koessler is onto something. Most preaching texts focus on homiletical techniques but lack a substantial theology of preaching. Koessler’s  volume helps us understand why we do what we do when we stand up to preach. I was especially moved by his chapter Speaking for the Silent God. As a whole, this book reinforced my convictions, challenged some of my assumptions, bolstered my confidence, tempered my pride, and filled in gaps in my theology of preaching. It has inspired me to keep preaching the Word and to keep teaching and encouraging a new generation of pastors to do the same.

Steven D. Mathewson, author, The Art of Preaching Old Testament Narrative


In Folly, Grace, and Power John Koessler gives us a theology of preaching that can rescue the voice of the church from the mechanical drone of informative but powerless lectures, and fro cliché spiritual soundbites that neither challenge nor transform. The church needs to listen carefully to John’s words, which can, by God’s grace, restore dignity to the prophetic and priestly work of proclamation by giving us a compelling picture of the nature, value, place, power, and mystery of preaching God’s Word.

Joe Thorn, author, Note to Self: The Discipline of Preaching to Yourself


 Koessler opens up preaching’s paradox of folly, grace, and power by stimulating us to think theologically. Several times this book made me pause and wonder. Well-written, wearing its scholarship lightly, it makes a theology of preaching accessible and sparkles with deft quotations and issues that all preachers should wrestle with.

Michael J. Quicke, CW Koller Professor of Preaching, Northern Seminary


 John Koessler’s Folly, Grace, and Power is filled with realism, truth, and hope. Realism because it does not shun hard topics, such as death, to which it devotes a chapter. It speaks truth to those who preach to a generation who are unsure about truth. And above all, this book is infused with the hope that comes from trusting the Spirit to use the Word to work immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine (Eph. 3:21). And if you ask me whether it is well written, my answer is, It sparkles!

Robert A. Peterson, Professor of Systematic Theology, Covenant Theological Seminary; Pastor, Country Bible Church, Bunker Hill, Illinois