My good friend and co-worker Jon Zens has just re-issued David Norrington’s classic book on the sermon. In To Preach or Not to Preach, Norrington carefully documents the origin of the modern sermon, showing how it’s different from New Testament preaching and teaching.
Norrington’s book was one of the many sources I used in my research for Pagan Christianity. Before he passed on, I had some wonderful correspondence with Norrington about his book. In this new edition, Jon Zens has added a powerful introduction and Dave Norrington responds to critics. I highly recommend this book to anyone who is interested in the topic.