During most of my professional life I have exercised my ordination through classroom teaching. The preaching I’ve done could be said to follow the “in and out” approach: a quick entrance to the local pulpit and a quicker exit, leaving the host pastor to pick up the pieces. But then my pastor asked if I …
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Take a typical Sunday sermon, if you can stomach it. It begins with an anecdote, usually first-person, sometimes amusing. Then a generalization about “what the gospel is saying to us this morning.” Throw in a metaphor or two, add stories to taste, stir round and round to its utterly predictable ending ten minutes later. Ask …
This chapter interweaves material from the previous chapters. Analyses organized around the themes of theology, context, interpretation, language, and so called prophetic preaching. Van Seters also moves toward what comes next for the preacher.<
A summary of a sermon preached in a local church, and a transcribed discussion of a group of church members (three adults and three high school students) who gathered to discuss the service and the sermon immediately afterward.
A sample of the process of developing a sermon: The conception; Playing with the idea; Arriving at clarity; Method of sharing.
Van Seters poses five sets of questions which follow the order of the chapters. These should help the student to understand the social nature of preaching.
The author emphasizes the importance of creating church membership instruction which challenges an intelligent interest in the discussion of important religious question of our day if we are to have an informed laity.
A proper sermon can begin almost anywhere, and may be developed along almost any lines, provided that its ultimate starting point is Holy Scripture, in which the record and witness to the gospel are found, and that its final point of reference is always the Lord Jesus Christ, declared to be the Son of God with power.
The way Christians worship declares what they believe, but there is a wild and bewildering variety in the ways of worship by Christian people.