Preaching

Preaching and the fatherless

Author
John A Sowers
Abstract
Preaching and the fatherless sets out to answer the following question: "How do we reach and preach to a generation that is increasingly growing up fatherless?" We do this with a gospel proclamation that is both heard and seen in an intergenerational approach with spiritual fathering.

Preaching on the spiritual theology of Diogenes Allen

Author
Christopher Robin Brundage
Abstract
This project grew out of enthusiasm for preaching and for the spirituality of philosopher Diogenes Allen. The author preached a series of four sermons, each covering an aspect of Allen's spiritual theology, hoping to foster tangible change in the congregation's practice of love of God and neighbor. The author read in the areas of spiritual theology and preaching, and he interviewed ten parishioners on their experiences of the spiritual life. The result of the project was a new understanding of preacing and a new vision of spirituality.

Preaching as sacramental presence: the word incarnate as proclamations toward healing in a faith community

Author
Marguerite Mims Rourk
Abstract
Preachers mediate God's word to God's people for understanding their context on the world through the word which imparts God's reconciliation and peace to the faith community. There are three supporting perspectives: 1) Dietrich Bonhoeffer: the church is Christ's presence in the world; preaching must convey the risen Christ present in the assembly. 2) Alexander Schmemann: preaching incarnates the word as a sacramental event revealing God's presence. 3) Richard Lischer: preachers must preach Jesus, not about him. Grounded in the unique message of Jesus' crucifixion and resurrection, Christian preaching partners with theology, as they are mutually supportive. Twenty-five sermons illustrate.

Preaching in a hopeful church

Author
Paul Leon Ramsey
Abstract
This project details the process of growing a preaching ministry in a church that seemed to be dying. The author shares his experience of preaching in a congregation that was learning to be hopeful after decades of discouragement and declining membership and participation. As hope and faithful purpose began to reshape Mayflower Congregational Church United Church of Christ in Englewood, Colorado, the author believed it was important to document this transformation and to describe some of the actions that were helping this hopeful process develop. The result of the study is one preacher's story, of one hopeful preaching ministry.

Between altar call and nothing at all: what is proper after preaching?

Author
Samuel N Goertz
Abstract
God's revelation invited a response. It is therefore legitimate and helpful for the preacher of God's Word to design response times that encourage the congregation to hear and obey the biblical truth being taught. In this study the author seeks to demonstrate that while there is freedom to create response times at the conclusion of a message, there are guidelines which need to be considered. These guidelines come from biblical teaching and examples, the past and present use of public response times, and the social and ethical concerns raised by the use of persuasive speech and public response.

The homiletical value of Paul's metaphors and analogies and their application to the example stories utilized in the context of the contemporary Korean preaching

Author
Sungryul Kang
Abstract
Effective communication between the preacher and the congregation is a critical element in successful preaching. To be successful, preachers need to consider what makes for effective and helpful example stories, because stories can be a window to the core idea of a sermon. However, many preachers have difficulty finding good example stories when they prepare sermons. This project examines selected passages in Paul's writings from a homiletic perspective. Paul's metaphors and analogies have some recommendable elements and provide standards for selecting example stories. Paul's marriage and potter analogies in Romans and the planting and running metaphors in 1 Corinthians are excellent examples for contemporary preachers to follow. Two Korean pastors who are very famous for their impressive and influential sermons also have distinctive example stories within their sermons. There are some commonalities and differences among them. This project examines the value of Paul's metaphors and analogies and compares them with the two Korean preachers selected in order to develop some guidelines Korean preachers can follow in selecting example stories.

Real preaching: how a preacher's ethos shapes an authentic sermon

Author
Douglas Allen Learned
Abstract
This thesis project, taken on in my role as the Executive Associate Pastor at the National Presbyterian Church in Washington, D.C., defines an authentic sermon as one in which listeners perceive dynamic congruence and continuity between four elements in preaching: 1) the Scripture passage, 2) the spoken message, 3) the character/personality of the preacher as presented in the sermon, 4) the character/personality of the preacher outside the sermon. Integration of these four elements constitutes an authentic sermon conveyed through preacher-ethos.

Toward a more helpful preaching technique in the nursing home

Author
Keith W Schweitzer
Abstract
This Major Applied Project presents reminiscent preaching as a homiletical method to be used in a nursing home setting. As reminiscing is a common characteristic among the aged, applying it in the preaching ministry and worship activity among nursing home residents can serve the purpose of the Gospel of Jesus Christ in many helpful ways. This MAP explains and presents examples of how reminiscing from the past in the lives of the residents draws forth vivid memories in their minds. Used as a method in preaching, these memories can also strengthen and deepen the faith of the aged individual who is nearing eternity. Six sermons modeling this preaching method were written and delivered to the residents of the Greenfield Manor in Greenfield, Iowa, between May and October in 2005. Interviews with several residents of the Greenfield Manor and detailed reviews of the sermons are included in this document.
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