How to Preach a Parable: Designs for Narrative Sermons

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Step-by-step guidance for preachers who want people to listen when they preach about parables. In this practical and insightful guide, one of the nation's most respected preachers shows how to use the structure of Jesus' parables to create lively and interesting sermons. Throughout its pages, How to Preach a Parable remains understandable and carefully grounded in biblical scholarship. Parable sermons from such outstanding preachers as Fred Craddock, Leander Keck, and Dennis Willis are included. The sermons are ...
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Overview

Step-by-step guidance for preachers who want people to listen when they preach about parables. In this practical and insightful guide, one of the nation's most respected preachers shows how to use the structure of Jesus' parables to create lively and interesting sermons. Throughout its pages, How to Preach a Parable remains understandable and carefully grounded in biblical scholarship. Parable sermons from such outstanding preachers as Fred Craddock, Leander Keck, and Dennis Willis are included. The sermons are presented in workshop format, encouraging useful application of the book's ideas.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780687179244
  • Publisher: Abingdon Press
  • Publication date: 9/28/1989
  • Series: Abingdon Preacher's Library Series
  • Pages: 173
  • Sales rank: 1,483,532
  • Product dimensions: 5.58 (w) x 8.47 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Rev. Dr. Eugene L. Lowry served as professor of preaching for over 30 years at Saint Paul School of Theology in Kansas City, MO. Now that he is no longer actively serving as the William K. McElvaney Professor of Preaching, his travels as preacher, teacher and pianist have broadened in scope.

Ordained a United Methodist minister, Dr. Lowry's academic preparation includes four degrees, culminating with a doctorate ineducation from the University of Kansas.

He was Senior Scholar in Residence at Drew University Theological School fall 2003 and fall 2004; in the spring of 1999 he was aguest professor at Princeton Theological Seminary. Lowry has been featured in the Great Preachers series on the Odyssey Television Channel. He delivered the 2009 Lyman Beecher Lectures on Preaching at Yale Divinity School and the 2011 William L. Self Lectureship on preaching at McAfee Theological Seminary. These lectures form the basis for this book.

Through the years he has preached in hundreds of churches, conferences and regional events in over 20 denominations as well as lecturing in 50 graduate theological seminaries across North America.

His writings include six books on narrative preaching and over twenty journal articles and book chapters on preaching, worship, Biblical study, educational philosophy and creativity. His keyboard lecture/concerts relating jazz and Christianity have resulted in four recordings in the blues/jazz mode.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 13
Section 1 Preliminary Issues and Assumptions
The Impact of Recent Biblical Scholarship 19
The Parabolic Nature of Stories 21
Narrativity as Sermonic Form 23
Relation of Text and Sermonic Form 26
Section 2 Narrative Sermon Designs
Prelude 31
Running the Story 42
The Sermon: "Noah Was a Good Man" 42
Running Commentary 49
Narrative Capabilities, Techniques, and Norms 60
Delaying the Story 79
The Sermon: "Limited Resources, Unlimited Possibilities" 80
Running Commentary 88
Narrative Capabilities, Techniques, and Norms 103
Suspending the Story 115
The Sermon: "Who Could Ask for Anything More?" 115
Running Commentary 121
Narrative Capabilities, Techniques, and Norms 131
Alternating the Story 142
The Sermon: "Praying Through Clenched Teeth" 142
Running Commentary 148
Narrative Capabilities, Techniques, and Norms 160
Postlude 171
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