Many resources are availabe on what and how to preach, but this unique collection addresses the why of preaching. What is the purpose of preaching? What should a good sermon accomplish? What is at stake in the church's preaching for individuals, religious communities, and the world? This collection of ten essays by noted homileticians offers a range of answers to these questions. Each essay addresses the question of the purpose of preaching and what preaching must do in order to live up to its potential. The contributors also comment on what homiletics must do in the years ahead in order to strenghten the resources available for the church's preaching.