Preaching: An Essential Guide

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Preaching: it sounds like such a easy thing to do. All you have to do is step into the pulpit and talk for 20 minutes, right? Anyone who’s ever stepped into that pulpit knows that preaching is anything but easy. Speaking a word from God that is grounded in the biblical witness, theologically responsible, and true to contemporary experience is one of the most difficult things one can do. Advice on how to do this is as old as preaching itself, and there are as many opinions on preaching as there are preachers. ...

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Overview

Preaching: it sounds like such a easy thing to do. All you have to do is step into the pulpit and talk for 20 minutes, right? Anyone who’s ever stepped into that pulpit knows that preaching is anything but easy. Speaking a word from God that is grounded in the biblical witness, theologically responsible, and true to contemporary experience is one of the most difficult things one can do. Advice on how to do this is as old as preaching itself, and there are as many opinions on preaching as there are preachers. Where do those who have been called to the ministry of proclamation begin? What are the basic understandings and practices that anyone who proposes to preach should know?

In this new addition to the Essential Guides series, Ronald Allen seeks to answer these basic questions about preaching. He does so through the use of an inductive method, which is simply to say that he starts with a sermon itself, and uses that sermon to illustrate the process of moving from the first thoughts about what one will preach to the delivery of an actual sermon itself. Each chapter will raise a question about the sample sermon that leads into a broader discussion of the practical and theoretical issues that this particular aspect of the sermon raises (e.g., What is the good news in this sermon? What is the significance of this news for the congregation? Does the preacher offer a clear and sensible interpretation of the biblical text or the topic?)

Written with the needs of students in both traditional M. Div. classes and non-degree ministry training programs in mind, Preaching: An Essential Guide will be an indispensable companion for all the others who seek to “rightly explain the word of truth.”

Ronald J. Allen is Professor of Homiletics at Christian Theological Seminary, Indianapolis, Indiana

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780687045167
  • Publisher: Abingdon Press
  • Publication date: 12/1/2002
  • Edition description: Paperback
  • Pages: 140
  • Sales rank: 1,003,963
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Ronald J. Allen is Professor of Preaching and Gospels and Letters at Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis, Indiana. He is the author of several books on preaching and is editor of The Teaching Sermon Series from Abingdon Press.
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Table of Contents

Introduction 9
Sample Sermon 13
1 What Is the Good News from God in the Sermon? 19
2 Does the Sermon Honor the Integrity of the Bible or the Topic? 28
3 Is the Sermon Theologically Adequate? 49
4 Does the Sermon Relate the Text or Topic to the Congregation in a Responsible Way? 59
5 What Is the Significance of the Sermon for the Congregation? 70
6 Does the Sermon Move in a Way That Is Easy to Follow? 86
7 Does the Preacher Embody the Sermon in an Engaging Way? 107
App. A Sequence of Steps to Prepare a Sermon 115
App. B Summary of Questions to Guide Sermon Feedback 118
App. C Plans for Preaching 120
App. D Resources for Beginning Preachers 125
Notes 131
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