Book Review: The Christ of the Empty Tomb, by James Montgomery Boice

Recommended. As Easter approaches, these sixteen sermons dedicated to Him “who has swallowed up death in victory” bring a freshness to the resurrection.

I first heard the name James Montgomery Boice in a Tim Keller sermon. Since then, I’ve been happy to receive a review copy of The Christ of the Empty Tomb from P & R. Upon reading Boice’s preaching, I see a lot of traits that I enjoy in Keller’s preaching: a respect for skeptics and a gentle yet bold refuting of their arguments; an explanation of apparent contradictions in the biblical texts; and a joyful, robust communication of the Gospel behind it all.

In the sermons printed in this book, you’ll find the fruits of a gifted preacher’s efforts to clearly communicate the Bible’s teaching on the resurrection. With each of the sixteen sermon-chapters in the book, it is clear that Boice poured a great deal of time and talent into providing fresh, relevant ways for his congregation to consider the central moment in human and cosmic history that we come together to celebrate at Easter.

I can see this text being useful in various contexts: for the father wanting to lead his family in contemplating Easter’s significance in fresh ways each year; for the pastor seeking to “compare notes” with a gifted preacher; or for the individual desiring to enliven his or her own devotions during the Lenten season.


About davestuartjr
Dave Stuart Jr. is a full-time teacher who writes about becoming better, saner teachers at He is a follower of Jesus Christ, a husband to Crystal, and a father to Hadassah, Laura, and Marlena.

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