Dr. Thomas G. Long is the Bandy Professor of Preaching at Candler
School of Theology at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. He received
his B.A. and M.Div. from Erskine Seminary and his Ph.D. from Princeton
Theological Seminary in 1980. He began his career as a preacher at
McElroy Presbyterian Church near Atlanta, Georgia, and since that time
has taught at a number of seminaries, including Princeton and Candler.
He served on the Cathedral College Program Board and was a frequent
faculty member of the College.
In 1996, Dr. Long was named one of the 12 most effective preachers in
the English speaking world by Baylor University, along with the likes of
Fred Craddock, Billy Graham, James Forbes, Barbara Brown Taylor, and
William Willimon. He was ordained by the Associate Reformed Presbyterian
Church and currently his ordination is being held by the PCUSA.
Dr. Long’s field is in homiletics and is a strong proponent of
the two pillars of preaching: strong exegetical work held alongside with
strong presentation skills.
His most recent books are Testimony: Talking Ourselves into Being
Christian and Accompany Them with Singing: The Christian
Funeral. Other titles include: The Witness of Preaching, Second
Edition; Testimony: Talking Ourselves into Being Christian;
Beyond the Worship Wars: Building Vital and Faithful Worship;
Hebrews (Interpretation: A Bible Commentary for Teaching and
Preaching); Matthew (Westminster Bible Companion Series);
Preaching and the Literary Forms of the Bible; Shepherds and
Bathrobes: Sermons for Advent and Christmas; and The Senses of