Preaching

Preaching that engages and instructs male listeners

Author
Woodleigh H Volland
Abstract
This thesis involves three objectives. First, to examine any biblical or theological bases for preaching to men differently than preaching to women. The conclusion was that men were created differently, were perceived differently by the Hebrew culture and were communicated with differently by Jesus Christ. Second, to research any psycho-sociological literature that would support the first finding, that men perceive the world differently, process thought and learn differently and need to be communicated with differently. Third, to test the findings in a clinical setting, where it was discovered that very little of this information had previously been considered.

Heart, mind, soul and strength: engaging the listeners' whole being through the incorporation of creative arts into preaching

Author
Richard L Gehring
Abstract
This thesis explores the use of music, drama and visual arts in preaching. It emerges out of the author's desire to preach sermons that stimulate emotions and intuitions as well as the listeners' intellectual capacity. Drawing upon Gardner's theory of multiple intelligences, the author presented sermons incorporating diverse artistic media as a means of engaging various intelligences. Feedback to these sermons was solicited through both written and verbal responses. The thesis posits that the use of such creative elements can be effective in addressing the whole beings of the listeners and engaging different modes of intelligence.

Dueling with death: Christian funeral preaching as dialogue

Author
Jeremy Paul Muniz
Abstract
The author research the biblical, historical, and current cultural views of death to discover a methodology for Christian funeral preachers that establishes a dialogue with death and presents mourners with the Scripture's resurrection hope. The study employed a qualitative research methodology. The research implied the need for worshipful funeral preaching focused on resurrection hope that is respectful of the deceased's life and employs an incarnational model for funeral preaching that emphasizes Christ's presence in the deceased's life, his presence in the mourner's present grief, and his presence with all believers in the future resurrection.

Setting a spacious table: preaching as reflection: a model for preaching an expansive theology

Author
Nancy L Steeves
Abstract
This thesis develops a homiletical model that is congruent with preaching an expansive theology. A case is made in this paper for preaching as reflection to constitute an applicable homiletical model for a postmodern, post-theistic, and progressive theological context. This model was developed over a three-year period, grounded in preaching projects which were designed and tested in a diverse, multi-generational, affirming congregation of the United Church of Canada. Drawing on two projects and eight program sermons undertaken as part of the writer's studies in the ACTS D. Min. in preaching program, this paper describes how a conversational homiletic, a homiletic of hospitality, and a collaborative homiletic can provide the essential elements for preaching as reflection. Further, this work demonstrates how preaching as reflection sets a spacious table which values diversity, honors experience, is inspired by a variety of different sources, and practices genuine hospitality. This thesis seeks conversation about the practice of preaching among those who preach from a progressive or expansive theological paradigm.

Gospel-based sermon applications that teach and transform

Author
Alan R Hager
Abstract
This study explores the topic of preaching with emphasis on the application aspect of the sermon. Application essentially deals with the "so what and now what" of a passage. It will be seen that the application portion of a sermon can have rich potential for connecting with contemporary listeners, but there are also challenges in this aspect of sermon preparation. A sermon preparation tool that focuses on the movement from the initial exegetical study to the crafting of the main points and the flow of the sermon will be developed as a reflection of the principles advanced in this project.

Preaching during the interim: a transitional ministry lectionary centered on the table

Author
Victoria M Isaacs
Abstract
This project sets out to join preaching and the sacrament of the Lord's Supper. For churches in transition, focusing their worship life and preaching in particular, toward theological themes that arise at the table will transform the interim journey into a sacramental journey. The author took the liturgy of the Table and identified eleven places within the liturgy to bring together issues that arise in congregations between pastors and theological themes that arise at the Table. The result of this project was the development of a Transitional Ministry Lectionary which can be used as a preaching plan for Interim Ministers.

Growing deeper: preaching with passion, without fear, and within grace

Author
David N Young
Abstract
This thesis considers the relationship between the spiritual maturity of the preacher and preaching. As the author recognized a growing spiritual maturity in his own life, he sought to ascertain if and how this was identifiable in the preaching event. The theory guiding this thesis is espoused in The Fully Alive Preacher by Mike Graves, which states "if we want to become better preachers, we should first consider how we might become deeper persons." The author found a symbiotic relationship between the spiritual maturity of the preacher and preaching. Congregational listeners verified the validity of this finding through both an analysis of their experience of the author's spiritual growth and through feedback on eight sermons preached within the congregation over three years.

Performers of the faith: an image for the church and a direction for homiletics

Author
John Paul Davis
Abstract
This thesis proposes that the cultural performance of church praxis, when effective, prompts individual performances of Christian faith from its members which carry through the gospel into everyday life. Using insights from the field of performance studies, a descriptive examination is given of performance in general, cultural performance, modalities of performance, and a methodology of dialogical performance. The areas of preaching, scripture, doctrine, and ethics are examined as components of the church's cultural performance. Proposing a prompting homiletic, this thesis examines preaching in more detail and suggests how the sermon might be crafted to evoke the performance of listeners.

Preaching on difficult passages in Mark's gospel based on performance criticism

Author
Zintack A Hahn
Abstract
Mark's Gospel was composed to be performed in a communal setting. Therefore, performance of the gospel illuminates the meaning and emotive qualities of the gospel. By introducing newly emerging biblical discipline, Performance Criticism, this thesis seeks to unpack difficult passages in Mark's Gospel. It also explores how Performance Criticism can lead to a new homiletic approach, which the author names Performance Homiletics. Through a few examples of sermons, the author articulates the nature and power of Performance Homiletics. In essence, Performance Homiletics seeks to have the word come alive to effect changes among the participants of the preaching event.

Facing the giant: preacher, take up your slingshot: preaching and consumer culture

Author
Marti Su Zimmerman
Abstract
Consumer culture is the water in which modern American congregations and preacher swim. Consumer culture tempts Christians to worship an idolatrous world of stuff. The preacher is called to speak a word of hope and offer strategies to face this modern giant.This project defines consumer culture, its affects on the health, environment, and debt load. Homiletical strategies are identified to expose its temptations then "counter-script," providing the listener biblical and theological resources to imagine a different way of spending time and resources. It reviews three congregations' attempts at confronting consumer temptations from the pulpit. In conclusion, a narrative preaching strategy is offered as an effective tool.
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