Preaching

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

Author
Nancy L Steeves
Abstract
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.

How the preacher can more effectively relate the sermon to women as a segment of his audience

Author
Timothy J Chicola
Abstract
This work came out of the conviction of the author that the deep struggles so many Christian women are facing today are due, at least in part, to a failure by male preachers to fully understand the unique needs, characteristics, capacities, behaviors and sorrows of the women in their audience. The purpose and intent of this thesis is to offer suggestions to male preachers on how they can more effectively relate the sermon to women as a segment of their audiences so that Christ may reign more successfully and intimately in their hearts. The findings from these two sources will hopefully be of benefit to the male preacher in order that women may experience positive change, and better reflect the image of God and his call upon each of their lives.

Preaching effectively during furlough

Author
Michael E Davis
Abstract
The intention of this thesis-project was to create a preaching handbook for missionaries on furlough (home ministry assignment). The same principles used in a preaching handbook for furloughing missionaries are applicable to missionaries during deputation (support team building). Missionaries are afforded tremendous opportunities as they are given the preaching hour in a local church. The purpose of this handbook is to help the missionary be better prepared to take full advantage of his or her preaching opportunities.
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