New Hearing: Living Options in Homiletic Method

Overview

Preaching is in crisis. Why? Because the traditional, conceptual approach no longer works, says Richard L. Eslinger. It fails to capture the interest of listeners and is not sufficiently Scripture-based. The time has come to listen to new voices, new methods. And that is what A New Hearing provides.

Eslinger offers as "living options" the work of five preeminent--though quite different--preachers who represent the "cutting edge" of preaching in the 1980s: Charles Rice and the ...

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Overview

Preaching is in crisis. Why? Because the traditional, conceptual approach no longer works, says Richard L. Eslinger. It fails to capture the interest of listeners and is not sufficiently Scripture-based. The time has come to listen to new voices, new methods. And that is what A New Hearing provides.

Eslinger offers as "living options" the work of five preeminent--though quite different--preachers who represent the "cutting edge" of preaching in the 1980s: Charles Rice and the storytelling method; Henry Mitchell and the black narrative method; Eugene Lowry, who bridges the narrative and inductive methods; Fred Craddock and the inductive method; and David Buttrick, who emphasizes the structure and movement of biblical material.

Eslinger devotes an entire section to each preacher. He explicates each man's technique, shows how it differs from the traditional "three points and a poem" approach, and presents one sample sermon from each. Eslinger then critiques these "new homileticians," delineating the strengths and weaknesses of their respective methods.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780687276936
  • Publisher: Abingdon Press
  • Publication date: 2/28/1987
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 5.78 (w) x 8.42 (h) x 0.46 (d)

Meet the Author

Richard Eslinger is pastor of Trinity United Methodist Church of Bradywine, Niles, Michigan (1996).
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Table of Contents

Introduction 11
1. Charles Rice: Preaching as Story 17
Evaluation 28
"A Sermon for Pentecost Day" 32
Notes 38
2. Henry Mitchell: Narrative in the Black Tradition 39
Evaluation 53
"The Providence of God" 57
Notes 63
3. Eugene Lowry: Narrative and the Sermonic Plot 64
Evaluation 84
"Swept Upstream" 89
Notes 94
4. Fred Craddock: The Inductive Method in Preaching 95
Evaluation 122
"Surrounded" 126
Notes 131
5. David Buttrick: A Phenomenological Method 133
Evaluation 159
"Abraham and Isaac" 166
Notes 170
6. Postscript: Story and Storytelling 172
"The Wilderness and the Dry Land" 184
"Just Look at Us Now" 186
Notes 190
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