Craig Brian Larson

Craig Brian Larson has published many books and articles and served in editorial roles for Christianity Today’s Leadership Journal and for fifteen years. He has a master’s degree in theology from Wheaton Graduate School and a bachelor’s from Illinois State University. He has served as pastor of Lake Shore Church in downtown Chicago since 1995.  He and his wife have four grown sons, three daughters-in-law, and five grandchildren.

Brian’s writing has focused on the themes of perseverance, preaching, and sermon illustrations. In his role as editor of Christianity Today’s preaching resources, he read and listened to thousands of sermons by the finest preachers in America, including many sermons on subjects related to perseverance and trials, which gives him a rich, balanced perspective.

Published works:

  • Preaching That Connects: Using Journalistic Techniques to Add Impact (co-author) (Zondervan)
  • The Art and Craft of Biblical Preaching (co-general editor) (Zondervan)
  • Running the Midnight Marathon: Ten Reasons to Persevere for Those with Every Reason to Quit (later republished as Hang in There…to the Better End) (Revell and Spire)
  • The Preacher’s Toolbox series (general editor) (six books published by Hendrickson)
  • Ten books of sermon illustrations (author or editor) (Baker, Zondervan, and Tyndale)
  • Pastoral Grit: The Strength to Stand and to Stay (later republished as Staying Power) (Bethany House and Baker)
  • Over 100 articles published in magazines.


Most Recent Project: Tested: How to Handle the Hardest Things in Your Life (publisher pending)


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