Four Pages of the Sermon: A Guide to Biblical Preaching

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Overview

Doing justice to the complexity of the preaching task and the questions that underlie it, Wilson organizes both the preparation and the content of the sermon around its "four pages." Each "page" addresses a different theological and creative component of what happens in any sermon. Page One presents the trouble or conflict that takes place in or that underscores the biblical text itself. Page Two looks at similar conflict--sin or brokenness--in our own time. Page Three returns to the Bible to identify where God is at work in or behind the text--in other words, to discover the good news. Page Four points to God at work in our world, particularly in relation to the situations described in Page Two.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780687023950
  • Publisher: Abingdon Press
  • Publication date: 5/28/1999
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 395,447
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Paul Scott Wilson is Professor of Homiletics at Emmanuel College of the University of Toronto. He is one of the most respected and recognized teachers of homiletics in North America. He is the author of a number of books, including The Practice of Preaching, Imagination of the Heart, God Sense: Reading the Bible for Preaching, and The Four Pages of the Sermon, all published by Abingdon Press. He is the General Editor of The New Interpreter's Handbook of Preaching.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 7
Ch. 1 Movies, Pages, and God 9
Ch. 2 Ensuring Sermon Unity 33
Ch. 3 Introducing the Sermon 58
Ch. 4 Trouble in the Bible 73
Ch. 5 Filming Trouble in the Bible 90
Ch. 6 Trouble in the World 107
Ch. 7 Filming Trouble in the World 130
Ch. 8 God's Action in the Bible 155
Ch. 9 Filming Grace in the Bible 174
Ch. 10 God's Action in the World 199
Ch. 11 Filming Grace in the World 213
Ch. 12 Imagining a Complete Sermon 235
Ch. 13 Reshuffling and Varying the Four Pages 243
App Sermon Checklist 261
Notes 263
Index of Names 273
Index of Bible Passages 275
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