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This fifth title in the Elements of Preaching series offers preaching students and clergy an overview of some of the most common sermonic forms and provides insights for determining which forms are most - and least - amenable to the claim that they want to make in their sermon. Many, if not most, sermons wind up being somewhat formless and thus less effective than they might be in communicating the gospel. Rather than training students in a single rhetorical form, this volume will demonstrate a variety of options without advocating for any particular form.

Accomplished preachers can think of rhetorical strategy in a nuanced manner, but beginning preachers are well-served by having a knapsack of simple sermonic forms they can turn to when building a sermon out of a sermonic claim. This book will offer preachers a strong foundation in considering sermonic form and a handful of basic, reliable rhetorical structures to use in the pulpit.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780800604448
  • Publisher: Augsburg Fortress, Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/1/2008
  • Series: Prisms Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 98
  • Sales rank: 1,278,812
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations vii Editor's Foreword ix Acknowledgments xi Chapter 1 Why Form Matters 1 The History of Sermonic Form 3 Form and Function 5 Chapter 2 Unity, Movement, and Climax: Essential Qualities of All Sermonic Forms 7 Unity 9 Movement 9 Climax 11 Conclusion 12 Chapter 3 Case Study: 1 Kings 19:1-15a 15 Context 17 The Narrative 17 Sermonic Claim 18 Chapter 4 Propositional Lesson Sermons 21 The Form 21 Evaluation of the Form 23 Case Study: 1 Kings 19:1-15a 24 Chapter 5 Exegesis-Interpretation-Application Sermons 29 The Form 29 Evaluation of the Form 34 Case Study: 1 Kings 19:1-15a 35 Chapter 6 Verse-by-Verse Sermons 39 The Form 39 Evaluation of the Form 41 Case Study: 1 Kings 19:1-15a 42 Chapter 7 The Four Pages Sermon 47 The Form 47 Evaluation of the Form 51 Case Study: 1 Kings 19:1-15a 51 Chapter 8 Valley Sermons 55 The Form 55 Evaluation of the Form 57 Case Study: 1 Kings 19:1-15a 61 Chapter 9 New Hearing Sermons 65 The Form 65 Evaluation of the Form 68 Case Study: 1 Kings 19:1-15a 69 Chapter 10 Negative to Positive Sermons 73 The Form 73 Evaluation of the Form 75 Case Study: 1 Kings 19:1-15a 75 Afterword: Beyond an Introduction to Sermonic Forms 79 For Further Reading 81 Notes 83
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