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Step-by-step guidance for preachers who want people to listen when they preach about parables. In this practical and insightful guide, one of the nation's most respected preachers shows how to use the structure of Jesus' parables to create lively and interesting sermons. Throughout its pages, How to Preach a Parable remains understandable and carefully grounded in biblical scholarship. Parable sermons from such outstanding preachers as Fred Craddock, Leander Keck, and Dennis Willis are included. The sermons are presented in workshop format, encouraging useful application of the book's ideas.
About the Author
Rev. Dr. Eugene L. Lowry served as professor of preaching for over 30 years at Saint Paul School of Theology in Kansas City, MO. Now that he is no longer actively serving as the William K. McElvaney Professor of Preaching, his travels as preacher, teacher and pianist have broadened in scope.
Ordained a United Methodist minister, Dr. Lowry's academic preparation includes four degrees, culminating with a doctorate ineducation from the University of Kansas.
He was Senior Scholar in Residence at Drew University Theological School fall 2003 and fall 2004; in the spring of 1999 he was aguest professor at Princeton Theological Seminary. Lowry has been featured in the Great Preachers series on the Odyssey Television Channel. He delivered the 2009 Lyman Beecher Lectures on Preaching at Yale Divinity School and the 2011 William L. Self Lectureship on preaching at McAfee Theological Seminary. These lectures form the basis for this book.
Through the years he has preached in hundreds of churches, conferences and regional events in over 20 denominations as well as lecturing in 50 graduate theological seminaries across North America.
His writings include six books on narrative preaching and over twenty journal articles and book chapters on preaching, worship, Biblical study, educational philosophy and creativity. His keyboard lecture/concerts relating jazz and Christianity have resulted in four recordings in the blues/jazz mode.
Table of Contents
|Section 1||Preliminary Issues and Assumptions|
|The Impact of Recent Biblical Scholarship||19|
|The Parabolic Nature of Stories||21|
|Narrativity as Sermonic Form||23|
|Relation of Text and Sermonic Form||26|
|Section 2||Narrative Sermon Designs|
|Running the Story||42|
|The Sermon: "Noah Was a Good Man"||42|
|Narrative Capabilities, Techniques, and Norms||60|
|Delaying the Story||79|
|The Sermon: "Limited Resources, Unlimited Possibilities"||80|
|Narrative Capabilities, Techniques, and Norms||103|
|Suspending the Story||115|
|The Sermon: "Who Could Ask for Anything More?"||115|
|Narrative Capabilities, Techniques, and Norms||131|
|Alternating the Story||142|
|The Sermon: "Praying Through Clenched Teeth"||142|
|Narrative Capabilities, Techniques, and Norms||160|