Learning from Gardner C. Taylor

The Distillery Season 3

In this episode, Jared Alcantara dives into the legacy of Gardner C. Taylor, who has been called “the dean of the nation’s black preachers” and “the poet laurate of the pulpit.” In exploring Taylor’s own backstory and unique ability to preach in varying and diverse contexts across racial, ethnic, ecclesial, and national lines, Alcantara elaborates on why it is so important for those in ministry to study Taylor’s preaching today.

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Alcantara Jared


Jared E. Alcántara, Associate Professor of Preaching at Baylor University's Truett Theological Seminary in Waco, Texas, earned his PhD from Princeton Theological Seminary. An ordained Baptist minister, he has served as a youth pastor, associate pastor, and teaching pastor in Illinois, Massachusetts, Oregon, and New Jersey. He is passionate about equipping students to preach in ways that are faithful, effective, clear, creative, and inspiring. He is the author of three books: The Practices of Christian Preaching (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, forthcoming 2019), Learning from a Legend: What Gardner C. Taylor Can Teach Us About Preaching (Eugene, OR: Cascade, 2016), and Crossover Preaching: Improvisational-Intercultural Homiletics in Conversation with Gardner C. Taylor.

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