Birthing the Sermon

Women Preachers on the Creative Process

Author: Jana Childers

Publisher: Chalice Press

ISBN: 9780827202429

Category: Religion

Page: 224

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Where do preachers get their ideas for sermons, and how do they turn those ideas into great sermons week after week? Sharing their experiences, these dynamic women preachers take us through their process from conception, through development, to the actual delivery of the sermon and beyond. Each chapter includes a sermon that illustrates the results of that preacher's labor of love. Contributors include: Barbara Shires Blaisdell, Teresa L. Fry Brown, Jana Childers, Linda L. Clader, Yvette Flunder, Mary G. Graves, Linda Carolyn Loving, Barbara K. Lundblad, Karen Stokes, Barbara Brown Taylor, Mary Donovan Turner, Margaret Moers Wenig.

Creative Styles of Preaching

Author: Mark Barger Elliott

Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press

ISBN: 9780664222963

Category: Religion

Page: 173

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Elliott describes several different styles of contemporary preaching. A discussion about each style--such as narrative, evangelistic, African American and topical--is followed by two example sermons from such preachers as Tony Campolo, Barbara Brown Taylor, Sam Proctor, Fred Craddock and William Willimon.

Performing the Word

Preaching as Theatre

Author: Jana Childers

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780687074235

Category: Religion

Page: 152

View: 3631

Whether they like it or not, actors and preachers have a great deal in common. Many churchgoers see the truth in the old saying that links preachers and frustrated actors, though few preachers seem anxious to acknowledge the family resemblance. Performing the Word destigmatizes the performance-based approach to preaching and shows how the experience, skills, and modi operandi of actors and performance artists may be applied to preaching. This volume is ideal for seminary students and preachers who wish to enrich their delivery and creativity skills.

Purposes of Preaching

Author: Jana Childers

Publisher: Chalice Press

ISBN: 9780827229976

Category: Religion

Page: 176

View: 6993

What are the purposes of preaching? What should a good sermon accomplish? What is at stake in the church's preaching for individuals, religious communities, and the world? This collection of ten essays by noted homileticians offers a range of answers to these questions. The contributors also comment on what homiletics must do in the years ahead to strengthen the resources available for the church's preaching.

Preaching Words

144 Key Terms in Homiletics

Author: John S. McClure

Publisher: Presbyterian Publishing Corp

ISBN: 066423013X

Category: Religion

Page: 170

View: 6852

John McClure'sPreaching Wordshighlights the most important ideas in homiletics and preaching, offering short explanations of these ideas, what scholars of preaching are saying about them, and how they can help in today's preaching. Topics range from elements of the sermon (introduction, body, and conclusion) to aspects of delivery, types of preaching in different Christian traditions, and theories of preaching.

Finding Language and Imagery

Words for Holy Speech

Author: Jennifer L. Lord

Publisher: Fortress Press

ISBN: 1451410964

Category: Religion

Page: 93

View: 6840

Sermons use words. And though it may seem obvious that preachers should be careful and exacting in word choice, preachers often set aside this aspect of preaching in favor of exegesis, form, and sermonic focus, and make such language work a secondary task. In Finding Language and Imagery, Jennifer L. Lord asserts that, because language shapes faith, preachers must be disciplined to find fresh words for sermons and to make good choices about both their own words and those borrowed from others. By presenting key tools and terms, along with writing, exercises, Lord helps users develop both their understanding of language and their skills to capture the religious imagination of their listeners. Book jacket.

Delivering the Sermon

Voice, Body, and Animation in Proclamation

Author: Teresa L. Fry Brown

Publisher: Fortress Press

ISBN: 1451418876

Category: Religion

Page: 91

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In Delivering the Sermon Teresa Fry Brown introduces preachers to the effective use of voice and body in the animation of the word in the preaching moment. Combining the latest research in communications, speech pathology, and homiletics with her own experience as a speech-language pathologist, Fry Brown creatively empowers preachers to improve their effectiveness in proclamation. Practical suggestions and exercises for enhancing voice, diction, and nonverbal engagement of the listener, useable by groups or individuals, are included in each chapter.

Best Advice for Preaching

Author: John S. McClure

Publisher: Fortress Press

ISBN: 9781451411560

Category: Religion

Page: 170

View: 354

A bright new resource for working preachers. Packed with preaching wisdom from twenty-seven outstanding American preachers from various religious and ethnic backgrounds.

Shaping the Claim

Moving from Text to Sermon

Author: Marvin A. McMickle

Publisher: Fortress Press

ISBN: 1451414366

Category:

Page: 96

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Women Preaching

Theology and Practice Through the Ages

Author: Eunjoo Mary Kim

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 160608903X

Category: Religion

Page: 224

View: 7051

Considering the lack of resources that exists in the study of women's preaching, Kim makes a very significant contribution to the development of homiletics, as it joins together the history of women preachers with theological reflection from other women preachers as well as herself. It is the author's hope that this book will provide a broader and deeper basis for the theology of preaching as well as practical ways in which preachers can improve their own preaching by looking at a woman's perspective. "Kim's ground-breaking book is the first comprehensive narrative of women preachers from the Second Testament to the Second Millennium. Through Kim's eyes, we see women as a constant and forceful (if often subversive) presence in Christian preaching. After focusing on the medieval period, the Reformation, and the early twentieth century, the author brings her autobiography close to the surface as she leads us to consider women and the politics of God in the colonial and post-colonial eras, with a special focus on Asia. The book climaxes with a call to envision preaching as partnership with God that facilitates partnership in the church and world in the service of liberation."---Ronald J. Allen Nettie Sweeney and Hugh Th. Miller Professor of Professor of Preaching and New Testament, Christian Theological Seminary, Indianapolis, Indiana "Kim's exciting exploration of the history of women preachers illuminates the remarkable perseverance of God and the women who partner with God to bring words of peace and transformation to the world. Those churches that continue to deny women's preaching do more than simply perpetuate an inequality. They also quench the Spirit who years to transform us co-workers in the liberative work of God."---Cliff Guthrie Associate Professor of Homiletics and Pastoral Studies, Bangor Theological Seminary, Bangor, Maine

Organic Homiletic

Samuel T. Coleridge, Henry G. Davis, and the New Homiletic

Author: Richard Hee-Chun Park

Publisher: Peter Lang

ISBN: 9780820486109

Category: Religion

Page: 201

View: 6716

Original Scholarly Monograph

Preaching Justice

Ethnic and Cultural Perspectives

Author: Christine Marie Smith

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 160608142X

Category: Religion

Page: 174

View: 6047

Preaching Justice brings together eight very diverse voices from eight distinct cultural/ethnic communities, challenging them to articulate the specific justice concerns, issues, and passions that give rise to a preaching ministry within the their own community and beyond. Theological analyses are offered by theses persons representing their particular communities: Kathy Black - persons with disabilities Martin Brokenieg - Native Americans Teresa Fry Brown - African Americans Eleazar Fernandez - Filipino Americans Justo Gonzalez - Hispanics Eunjoo Mary Kim - Korean Americans Stacy Offner - Jews Christine Marie Smith - lesbians and gays This volume offers a rare vision of what transforms preaching might sound and look like, and urges that all preaching - whatever community it comes from, whatever community it hopes to reach - be grounded in the sacred acts of listening and knowing.

Tending to the Holy

The Practice of the Presence of God in Ministry

Author: Bruce G. Epperly,Katherine Gould Epperly

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 1566996473

Category: Religion

Page: 196

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Tending to the Holy: The Practice of the Presence of God in Ministry invites pastors to embody their deepest beliefs in the routine and surprising tasks of ministry. Inspired by Brother Lawrence's classic text in spirituality, Tending to the Holy integrates the wisdom and practices of the Christian spiritual tradition with the commonplace practices of pastoral ministry. Bruce and Katherine Epperly utilize a variety of spiritual disciplines especially Benedictine, Celtic, Ignatian, Rhineland, and process spiritualities to provide a framework for helping clergy nurture the awareness of God, creative imagination, and personal well-being in every aspect of their ministerial lives. Practicing God's presence in the ordinary tasks of ministry inspires wholeness, spiritual transformation, vision, imagination, endurance, and healthy self-differentiation in ministry. Commitment to joining spiritual practices with the routine and repetitive tasks of ministry provides an important antidote to unhealthy stress, burnout, and loss of vision in ministry. By seeing their congregational leadership in terms of spiritual transformation, imaginative practice, and relational interdependence, ordinary ministerial practices can become ways pastors can deepen their relationship with God. Growing out of their work with pastors at every season of ministry, as well as combined ministerial experience of nearly sixty years, Bruce and Katherine Epperly invite pastoral leaders to complement and expand on their understanding of spiritual leadership, pastoral excellence, and self-care, integrating traditional and contemporary spiritual practices with the concrete arts of ministry.

Beyond Maintenance to Mission

A Theology of the Congregation

Author: Craig L. Nessan

Publisher: Fortress Press

ISBN: 1451405391

Category: Religion

Page: 192

View: 6263

Visionary yet practical, Nessan's influential book makes a persuasive case for the centrality of mission in the life of the church. Nessan's model of mission-driven leadership is strongly centered on the community of faith's worship and draws unique connections between the worship life of a congregation and every aspect of the church's ministry. Around the twin foci of congregational identity and mission, the chapters in this dynamic book provide solid theological and radical direction on the themes of worship, education, fellowship, stewardship, evangelism, global connections, and social ministry.

Reading the Bible with Martin Luther

An Introductory Guide

Author: Timothy J. Wengert

Publisher: Baker Academic

ISBN: 1441244875

Category: Religion

Page: 144

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Prominent Reformation historian Timothy Wengert introduces the basic components of Martin Luther's theology of the Bible and examines Luther's contributions to present-day biblical interpretation. Wengert addresses key points of debate regarding Luther's approach to the Bible that have often been misunderstood, including biblical authority, the distinction between law and gospel, the theology of the cross, and biblical ethics. He argues that Luther, when rightly understood, offers much wisdom to Christians searching for fresh approaches to the interpretation of Scripture. This brief but comprehensive overview is filled with insights on Luther's theology and its significance for contemporary debates on the Bible, particularly the New Perspective on Paul.

I Refuse to Preach a Boring Sermon!

Engaging the 21st Century Listener

Author: Karyn L. Wiseman

Publisher: Pilgrim Press

ISBN: 9780829819564

Category: Religion

Page: 128

View: 5933

It is not always about the message but about the connection. In this day of multi-tasking, distraction and technology overload, the message may miss the mark. With easy-to-follow suggestions, Wiseman will help any preacher, lay and ordained, to take risks and embrace creative ways to preach a powerful message that will be heard and touch the spirit.

The Preaching Life

Author: Barbara Brown Taylor

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 156101074X

Category: Religion

Page: 174

View: 934

Like Annie Dillard's The Writing Life, Taylor emphasizes the holy dimensions of ordinary life and describes the essentials of faith with insight and humor, touching on the vocations, imagination, worship, sacraments, ministry and the Bible as they relate to the life of faith.

A Little Handbook for Preachers

Ten Practical Ways to a Better Sermon by Sunday

Author: Mary S. Hulst

Publisher: InterVarsity Press

ISBN: 0830841288

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 208

View: 8444

No function of the pastor is as visible and stress inducing as preaching. Being a good preacher requires learning the mental, emotional, spiritual and physical skills needed to effectively share God's word with a congregation. It demands a commitment to the craft of preaching. But few pastors feel adequately prepared for this high-stakes responsibility when they begin their ministries. Mary Hulst knows what it takes to preach well. Forged by her experiences as a pastor, preaching professor and college chaplain, she recognizes the challenges of the pulpit. In this uniquely practical book, Hulst provides foundational concepts and tips that all pastors can use, whether they are ministry newcomers or seasoned professionals. Preaching can bring both you and your congregation great joy and satisfaction, week after week. And A Little Handbook for Preachers can help you deliver a better sermon by Sunday.

Anabaptist Preaching

A Conversation Between Pulpit, Pew, and Bible

Author: David B. Greiser,Michael A. King

Publisher: Pandora Press U. S.

ISBN: 9781931038195

Category: Religion

Page: 237

View: 6644

Anabaptist Christians have long believed God's voice is heard best when all those who are filled with the Spirit are part of a conversation: the preacher, the congregation, and the Bible itself. In 14 chapters (plus study guide) ranging across such topics as postmodernity, hermeneutics, grace, doctrine, multiculturalism, and much more, the writers ponder the unique perspective on preaching offered by Anabaptism. Co-published with Cascadia Publishing House.

The Witness of Preaching, Third Edition

Author: Thomas G. Long

Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press

ISBN: 1611647630

Category: Religion

Page: 280

View: 2786

This is a newly revised edition of one of the standard introductory preaching textbooks on the market today. Beginning with a solid theological basis, veteran preacher and best-selling author Thomas G. Long offers a practical, step-by-step guide to writing a sermon. Long centers his approach around the biblical concept of witness. To be a preacher, Long posits, is to be a witness to God's work in the world—one who sees before speaking, one whose task is to "tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth about what is seen." This updated edition freshens up language and anecdotes, contains an extensive new analysis of the use of multimedia and its impact on preaching, and adds a completely new chapter on plagiarism in preaching. Included for the first time are four complete sermons, with Long's commentary and analysis. The sermons were written and originally preached by Barbara Brown Taylor, Cleophus J. LaRue. Ginger Gaines-Cirelli, and Edmund Steimle. With this third edition, The Witness of Preaching reaffirms itself as the essential resource for seminary students as well as new and experienced preachers.