Word Made Plain

Word Made Plain

by James Henry Harris
     
 

Preaching mediates the word of God into a cultural matrix. And no American preaching has done so more effectively and powerfully than African American preaching, claims noted homiletician James Harris. Known for its rhetorical strength, social-justice orientation, and dead-on connection to the community's lived experience, black preaching is here analyzed and… See more details below

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Preaching mediates the word of God into a cultural matrix. And no American preaching has done so more effectively and powerfully than African American preaching, claims noted homiletician James Harris. Known for its rhetorical strength, social-justice orientation, and dead-on connection to the community's lived experience, black preaching is here analyzed and proposed as a model for all preaching.

Harris grounds black preaching in the self-understanding of the historic black church and its most prominent preachers, from Martin Luther King Jr. to Samuel Proctor. Harris also explores the hermeneutical and aesthetic dimensions of preaching, especially at the intersection of sacred text and the broader culture. He then lays out the specific distinguishing characteristics of black preaching, including verbal cadence and rhythm, use of gestures, and, most thoroughly, the narrative model of the sermon. His last chapter, ''Preaching Plainly,'' provides specific instructions on how to put the sermon together employing this model.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780800636876
Publisher:
Augsburg Fortress, Publishers
Publication date:
07/01/2004
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
176
Sales rank:
763,566
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.38(d)

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Table of Contents

1The preacher's self-understanding1
The black church and self-understanding3
The selfhood of the preacher : the example of Martin Luther King Jr.4
The self in community15
Sermon : everybody's talking (Luke 4:31-37)23
2The preaching of the elders : princes of the African American pulpit30
John Malcus Ellison : the personality and interpretive mind of the preacher31
Samuel DeWitt Proctor : the ethical dimensions of a sermon33
Miles Jerome Jones : on being an authentic preacher35
Sermon : from talk to testimony (Mark 8:27-30)44
3The sermon as interpretation51
The polyvalence of the sermon53
The deep symbolism of plain words54
Textuality and dialogue preaching57
Understanding and response60
Interpretation of novels as a hermeneutical discipline65
Sermon : the power of God (Ephesians 1:18-23)71
4The sermon as art77
Beyond the limits of reason alone78
Nommo and Kuntu : word and style in preaching81
Embodied preaching : gestures83
A soulful sound : the aural and the oral90
Rhythm and cadence in preaching91
Style switching94
Sermon : second chances (Jonah 3:1-3a)95
5The sermon as story100
African American preaching as imagination102
Telling the story : narrative structure in sermons111
Cultural origins of storytelling118
Sermon : when Jesus was in the house (Mark 2:1-5)119
6Preaching plainly : how to put the sermon together - the Harris method127
Preaching and worship128
The word made plain129
The preacher and the biblical and congregational text131
Developing the sermon133
Sermon : a question of identity - chaos, self, and other (Luke 8:22-25)140

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