Preaching

Oral clarity in preaching

Author
Gary M Bennett
Abstract
This work gives the preacher a greater understanding of the nature of oral communication in general, and more specifically, the nature and potential of oral communication of the gospel. Though preaching is intended to be an oral event, extensive means of written communication, such as manuscripts and outlines, have been employed for hundreds of years by preachers in the crafting and delivery of their messages. This project, by drawing contrasts between literacy and orality, seeks to pull the preacher toward communication that is more truly oral.

The bejeweled pig snout: appropriate use of humor in preaching

Author
Stephen E Ellis
Abstract
In Bejeweled pig snout: appropriate use of humor in preaching, the author offers an assessment of the compatibility of humor with modern preaching. Research includes an overview of Old and New Testament examples of humor; the various types, styles, and sources of humor; and a nonprofessional's look at how humor works. The work also includes a methodology for gauging the effectiveness of any particular piece of humor in a given setting, and a means of categorizing the four different types of humor and how each can best be implemented in sermon construction. A concept based seminar concludes the work.

Theocentric preaching

Author
Darryl S Dash
Abstract
This thesis examines the issues involved in preaching sermons that are both theocentric (God-centered) and relevant. This model is based on theological convictions on the relevance of theology, the nature of God and Scripture, and on human participation in the divine theo-drama. This thesis outlines the hermeneutical issues related to theocentric interpretation. It also presents a model for sermon development, based on Haddon Robinson's book Biblical preaching, which focuses on issues related to God-centered, relevant preaching. This thesis forms the basis of a seminar and book outline on theocentric preaching.

Holistic preaching: a method of sermon preparation and delivery that incorporates learning styles and multiple sense stimulus

Author
Charles Edward Anderson
Abstract
Scripture's nondescript treatment of preaching leaves an open door for additional methodologies that enhance the communication of God's Word. The chosen enhancements of this study are educational theories on learning styles, modalities and multiple sense stimulus. It is found that preaching coupled with learning styles aid in the spiritual growth of individuals and church communities.

Speaking their language: an evangelistic message sequence aimed at unchurched, disinterested adolescents

Author
David E Martin
Abstract
The purpose of this thesis to manuscript an evangelistic sermon series aimed at adolescents. These sermons are designed for use during an outreach camp setting. The author reviewed the state of adolescent culture and wrote a theological case for proclamation and incarnational ministry. A basic framework for evangelistic message sequences is offered and a message sequence along with seven manuscripts were written. In August 2004, these sermons were presented during four camp settings. They were revised and presented again in April 2006 and August 2006 during three camp settings. The research on adolescent culture is used during seminar settings.

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.
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