Patterns of Preaching: A Sermon Sampler


This collection of sermons by noted homileticians illustrates thirty-four distinct styles of contemporary and traditional preaching.
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This collection of sermons by noted homileticians illustrates thirty-four distinct styles of contemporary and traditional preaching.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780827229532
  • Publisher: Christian Board of Publication
  • Publication date: 6/28/1998
  • Series: Preaching Classic Texts Series
  • Pages: 264
  • Sales rank: 318,367
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Ronald J. Allen is Nettie Sweeney and Hugh Th. Miller Professor of Preaching and New Testament at Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis. He is author of many books, including Patterns of Preaching and Interpreting the Gospel, and coauthor of One Gospel, Many Ears and Listening to Listeners, all from Chalice Press.
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Table of Contents

Pt. 1 Traditional Patterns
1 Puritan Plain Style 7
2 Sermon as Journey to Celebration 14
3 Sermons That Make Points 22
4 Preaching Verse by Verse 29
5 Thesis-Antithesis-Synthesis 36
6 From Problem through Gospel Assurance to Celebration 43
7 Bipolar Preaching 49
8 Sermon as Theological Quadrilateral 57
9 Simple Inductive Preaching 64
Pt. 2 Contemporary Patterns
10 The Form of the Text Shapes the Form of the Sermon 73
11 Four Pages of the Preacher 80
12 Sermon as Plot and Moves 87
13 Preaching from Oops to Yeah 93
14 Moving from First Naivete through Critical Reflection to Second Naivete 98
15 Sermon as Movement of Images 104
16 Sermon Drawing from the Arts 110
17 Sermon Developed as an Author Develops a Novel 117
18 Sermon as Portrayal of a Biblical Character 124
19 Sermon as Jigsaw Puzzle 131
Pt. 3 Patterns for Subjects
20 Wedding Homily 139
21 Funeral Homily 144
22 Topical Preaching 149
23 Preaching on a Biblical Theme 163
24 Preaching on a Doctrine 171
25 Preaching on a Christian Practice 177
26 Teaching Sermon 183
27 Preaching on a Personal Issue 190
28 Preaching on a Social Issue 199
29 Group Study 207
Pt. 4 Patterns for Theology
30 Preaching from the Perspective of Evangelical Theology 215
31 Preaching from the Perspective of Liberation Theology 223
32 Preaching from the Perspective of Postliberal Theology 231
33 Preaching from the Perspective of Revisionary Theology 237
34 Preaching in a Postmodern Perspective 244
Index of Sermon Texts 252
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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 20, 2010

    An excellent summary of preaching methods with enjoyable sample sermons by top preachers.

    Exellent for the beginner or the seasoned preacher. Powell engages us in a tour of sermon methods with each chapter covering a different method and an example sermon, which is broken down into the referenced parts. Not only enformative, but very enjoyable reading!

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