Preaching

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This groundbreaking volume has guided generations of students and pastors through the daunting challenge of learning to preach. Fred Craddock weaves history, theology, and hermeneutics into a practical, comprehensive, and contemporary text on how to prepare and deliver the sermon.

Painstakingly prepared for seminary students and clergy, Preaching answers the fundamental question, How does one speak a word from God? This format provides an intelligible guide to sermon preparation...

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Overview

This groundbreaking volume has guided generations of students and pastors through the daunting challenge of learning to preach. Fred Craddock weaves history, theology, and hermeneutics into a practical, comprehensive, and contemporary text on how to prepare and deliver the sermon.

Painstakingly prepared for seminary students and clergy, Preaching answers the fundamental question, How does one speak a word from God? This format provides an intelligible guide to sermon preparation and allows for concentrated study of all the particular dimensions of the homiletical process.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780687659944
  • Publisher: Abingdon Press
  • Publication date: 5/28/2010
  • Edition description: Anniversar
  • Edition number: 25
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 393,703
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

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Fred B. Craddock, Brandy Distinguished Professor of Preaching and New Testament, Emeritus, Candler School of Theology, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia (Christian Church {Disciples of Christ}).
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Table of Contents

Foreword to the 25th Anniversary Edition Thomas G. Long 6

Preface 10

Part I Preaching: An Overview

1 Introduction 13

Purpose and Format 13

Basic Assumptions About Learning to Preach 16

Fundamental Convictions About Preaching 22

2 The Sermon in Context 31

The Historical Context 33

The Pastoral Context 37

The Liturgical Context 41

The Theological Context 47

3 A Theology of Preaching 51

Proceeding from Silence 52

Heard in a Whisper 55

Shouted from the Housetop 60

Part II Preaching: Having Something to Say

4 The Life of Study 69

The Importance of the Life of Study 69

Hindrances to the Life of Study 71

Suggestions for a Life of Study 75

5 Interpretation: The Listeners 84

The Listeners as Audience 86

The Listeners as Congregation 90

6 Interpretation: The Text 99

Selection of the Text 101

First Reading of the Text 105

Establishing the Text 107

Detemining the Parameters of the Text 110

Setting the Text in Its Several Contexts 112

Being Aware of One's Point of Contact with the Text 117

Putting the Text in One's Own Words 121

7 Interpretation: Between Text and Listener 125

The Task of the Preacher as Interpreter of Scripture 127

Methods Available to the Preacher as Interpreter 136

Part III Preaching: Shaping the Message into a Sermon

8 Qualities to Be Sought in the Sermon 153

Unity 155

Memory 157

Recognition 159

Identification 162

Anticipation 165

Intimacy 168

9 The Formation of the Sermon 170

The Many Functions of Form 170

The Selection of a Form 176

Creating a Form 182

Putting the Form on Paper 189

10 Enriching the Form 194

The Language of Preaching 196

Description 200

Illustration 203

11 Delivering the Sermon 210

Pre-delivery Considerations 211

The Delivery Itself 214

Suggested Resources for the Preacher 223

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