Preaching

An analysis of a primary approach to preaching among Plymouth Brethren Assemblies from the English-speaking Caribbean

Author
David A Corbin
Abstract
The purpose of this study is to analyze an approach to preaching among Plymouth Brethren assemblies within English-speaking, West Indian communities. After establishing the need for more desirable approaches to hermeneutics and homiletics, the project recommends approaches that demonstrate a greater commitment to determining authorial intent in preaching the Scriptures. The project incorporates two sermons and manuscripts from two seminars in hermeneutics and homiletics. results from surveys done during the seminars and evaluations of convention messages confirm that the present approach to preaching among the Brethren needs some form of redress.

Preaching for discipleship in an emerging post modern context

Author
Paul D Clines
Abstract
The questionnaires indicated: 1) the participants demonstrated a mixture of modern and postmodern characteristics; 2) there was not a significant increase in spiritual well-being as measured by the Spiritual Well-Being scale; 3) the participants did demonstrate a measurable increase in participation of the habits preached about in the sermon series; and 4) the attendees at Parkway UMC agreed that the sermons in the series fit the model for preaching for discipleship. The major findings of the study include the following observations: postmodern characteristics are not limited to a specific age group, but can be demonstrated across a spectrum of ages. Factors that are important when preaching for discipleship among people with postmodern characteristics are: the preacher is credible, the sermon is biblical, experiential, relevant, simple, and practical.

Preaching to Chinese immigrants in New York City

Author
Kwok Tim Chan
Abstract
The thesis proposes that preaching to Chinese immigrants in New York is a valid means of evangelism in urban America. With rapid social reconfiguration and passive response of the church to the rising immigrant population, pastors should equip themselves in the wake of the spiritual harvest in the next millennium. The thesis uses sociological and biblical methods to investigate this social phenomenon. It states the theological foundation of preaching to social aliens and proposes a training manual for urban pastors to retool their preaching skills in the areas of social profiling, communication theories, preaching themes, and new preaching paradigms.
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