Preaching

A breeze passing overhead: the experience with the preacher and the experience of the gospel in the preaching of judicatory staff

Author
Ronald B Brown
Abstract
Preaching effectively requires an emotional connection with the congregation. It is difficult enough for a local church pastor to create emotional connections in preaching. Those connections become more difficult if the preacher does not know the congregation, but is a judicatory official or other outsider related to the congregation through ecclesiastical structure. Narrative sermonic design provides an effective method for making emotional connections. Through the work of Fred Craddock, Eugene Lowry, Frank Thomas and others this thesis explores how emotional connections can be created, even when the preacher is a stranger, by focusing on the sermonic design and conclusion.

Show and tell: communicating in a new mission field

Author
David M Anderson
Abstract
This was study of an experienced preacher of 30 years facing the changing preaching environment using multimedia. This thesis is a bout show-and-tell sermons, the show-and-tell climate of our culture, and the show-and-tell project with the congregation. The methods of research were the Ethnographic Research Method for the congregation and a Pro-Active Research Method for interviews with other pastors relating to the subject.

Transforming nearness

Author
Cynthia S Olson
Abstract
The purpose of this project was to impact the participants' level of intimacy with the Lord through a ten-week curriculum that focused on preaching the presence of the Lord. This single-group, pretest-posttest design analyzed quantitative and qualitative data. Participants (n=11) did show a significant gain in knowledge of ways to practice the Lord's presence. While almost 75% of the participants provided qualitative data indicating a gain in intimacy, participants did not demonstrate significant gains in intimacy on the quantitative questions. Implications are explored.

Preaching to a new generation so that none are "lost" or "left behind"

Author
Robert Clark Castro
Abstract
Much current preaching tends to leave newer worshipers feeling "lost." However, the author discovered that switching to a method geared to predominantly postmodern hearers can leave more traditional hearers feeling "left behind." Over the sermons in this project he explored postmodern preaching methods, but also checked in with more traditional hearers. Data was gathered by survey and interviews in a group setting. For small churches, there are ways that we can preach to new generations so that none are "lost" or "left behind." This thesis discusses variety in preaching styles as a way to be inclusive for all those worshiping in smaller congregations. The thesis promotes postmodern preaching methods to reach younger members, while advocating for variety in preaching styles that take into account the variety among worshipers.

Doers of the word: creating space to practice faith

Author
Kerri Peterson-Davis
Abstract
Faith is more than an intellectual exercise. This project will explore ways in which preaching can encourage listeners to actively respond to the Word proclaimed so that they might be "doers of the word, and not merely hearers." (James 1:22) Utilizing the work of Parker J. Palmer an understanding of what creates space is identified, examined and then translated for the preaching task. Data based upon thirty respondents is then used to identify specific ways preachers can engage congregants in the preaching event and encourage them in practicing their faith.

From fear to freedom: self differentiated preaching in an age of anxiety

Author
Joe Clifford
Abstract
American culture is caught in a state of chronic anxiety. Such a state is toxic for leadership. How can preachers function in a way that is faithful in the midst of such anxiety so that all may experience the liberating message of the gospel? When preachers demonstrate the courage to be themselves in the pulpit in a way that connects with the congregation and regulates their own anxiety, what family systems theory calls "Self Differentiation," preachers can move from fear to freedom, opening the possibility for the congregation to experience the liberating gospel.

Rich toward God: preaching the rich fool (Luke 12:13-21), the power of money, and captivity in a culture of wealth

Author
D Cameron Murchison
Abstract
In what ways does the parable of the rich fool (Luke 12: 13 - 21) challenge pastors of wealthy congregations as a text for preaching? This project offers qualitative analyses of sermons preached by five experienced preachers in wealthy congregations in North Carolina. Analyses will also be drawn from a review of conversations with the preachers about money, wealth, and justice. The results of this study are shared and compared with relevant critical, New Testament, and homiletical scholarship. We conclude that stewardship unleashed by parables like the rich fool is a word against the power of money in our culture of wealth.

Preaching and the mystical-indigenous imagination

Author
Vincent J Pastro
Abstract
Preaching in accompaniment of the poor is characterized theologically by a mystical-indigenous imagination rooted contextually in the indigenous poor. Jesus Christ the sacramental Word of the God of the poor is the Source of preaching. The author used traditional theological methodology with a preference toward Latin American theologians. He also interviewed several Mexican and Brazilian theologians. In the last chapter, the author included two homilies evaluated by parishioners and theologians. He concluded that the poor enjoy a special theological imagination that the preacher must necessarily respect while centering the preaching in the Source who is Jesus the sacramental Word.

Sermon application: a guide for biblical accuracy and contemporary relevance

Author
Daniel L Overdorf
Abstract
Sermon application explains or demonstrates how biblical teaching should impact the lives of contemporary listeners. Though the Holy Spirit plays the most critical role in application, the Bible calls preachers to cooperate with the Spirit by including effective application in their sermons. Effective application requires both biblical accuracy and contemporary relevance. Sermons often fall short of their potential effectiveness because their application lacks one or both of these elements. The Sermon Application Worksheet leads preachers to develop application that maintains biblical accuracy and speaks to contemporary audiences in a relevant manner.

A handbook of homiletics for the pastors of Myanmar

Author
George L Coon
Abstract
This thesis develops a handbook of homiletics designed to help the pastors of Myanmar preach more effectively in a rapidly changing culture. The task of this work is divided into four sections: (1) to research and develop sound biblical understanding of the subject and task of expository preaching; (2) to research the cultural and religious background of Myanmar along with materials available in the field of homiletics; (3) to write the handbook at a level that will be understandable to the average pastor in Myanmar; and (4) to field test this handbook with a group of pastors from Myanmar. The conclusion is a reflection on the field use of the handbook and offers practical solutions for the cross-cultural teacher, particularly the one who must use a translator.
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