ROBERT SMITH, JR. (Ph.D., The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary) is Professor of Christian Preaching and holds the Charles T. Carter Baptist Chair of Divinity at Beeson Divinity School. He received Southern’s 1996 Findley B. Edge Award for Teaching Excellence and Beeson Divinity School’s “Teacher of the Year Award” in 2005. Dr. Smith is a contributing editor for Preparing for Christian Ministry, and is co-editor of A Mighty Long Journey. Additionally, he served as an editor of Our Sufficiency Is of God: Essays on Preaching in Honor of Gardner C. Taylor. Dr. Smith books include the award-winning Doctrine That Dances: Bringing Doctrinal Preaching and Teaching to Life and The Oasis of God: From Mourning to Morning—Biblical Insights from Psalms 42 and 43 (published in March 2017). He has spoken at more than 115 universities, colleges, and seminaries in the United States, Scotland, Great Britain, the Middle East, Africa, Australia, New Zealand and the Caribbean. His research interests include passion in preaching, the literary history of African American preaching, Christological preaching, and theologies of preaching. Dr. Smith and his wife, Dr. Wanda Taylor-Smith, Ph.D., are the parents of four adult children (one in heaven).