Today’s Options in Sermon Form
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Rev. David Miller
General CE Information
Allen, Ronald J., ed. Patterns of Preaching: A Sermon Sampler. St. Louis: Chalice Press, 1998.
Fickenscher, Carl C., II. “The Relationship of Sermon Form to the Communication of the Proper Distinction between Law and Gospel in Lutheran Preaching.” Fort Wayne: Concordia Theological Seminary Press, 1999.
Through reading, through limited lecture and extensive discussion, and through practical application, the participant will
- Gain an understanding of why and how throughout Christian history the form of the sermon has developed,
- Grasp more firmly the importance of sermon form to the complete homiletical task,
- Become aware of a variety of options in sermon form, including inductive, narrative and phenomenological preaching, while more acutely understanding the dynamics of the traditional deductive form,
- Identify more clearly the component parts of any sermon form and understand the significance of the parts to the final effectiveness of the whole,
- Understand that various sermon forms have relative strengths and weaknesses in communicating Law and Gospel in proper distinction, and
- Sense how sermon form may impact the delivery of the sermon.
Units of Instruction
- Why Even Think about Sermon Form?
- The Deductive Form
- Inductive Preaching
- Narrative Preaching: The Pure Story Form
- Narrative Preaching: The Homiletical Plot Form
- The Phenomenological Move Form
- READING (to the extent and depth the participant chooses) of the Allen and Fickenscher texts.
- SELECTION, after at least scanning the texts, of one sermon (in full manuscript) to be shared with the class as an example of sermon form. The sermon may demonstrate one of the options to be discussed in the course, or it may be a sermon for which the participant has no identifiable form in mind. It is anticipated that this sermon will be one the participant has previously prepared and delivered in a congregational setting. (That is, no one is expected to prepare a new sermon for this assignment.) As time permits, one or more class members will have opportunity to preach their sermon to the group.