Course Type:

Synthesizing Courses (Level 3)  - MP30604 - 1.5 Credits

Contemporary Homiletics will explore the current distinctive needs of congregations in their multiple context and how the preacher can develop particular sermonic characteristics to address those needs in faithful, engaging, and prophetic ways.

Learning Objectives

 In addition to the objectives the learners identify for themselves, participants who successfully completes this course will be able to:

  • Equip learners with the exegetical tools to find compelling intersections of the text, the congregation, and the culture.
  • Consider the contexts of the sermon (the worship service itself, the social location(s) of the congregation, local and global social and political events and trends) and begin to acquire tools to consider and appropriate these contexts to produce relevant preaching.
  • Engage with literature/story and culture to create inspiring and engaging sermons
  • In all courses: Demonstrate strengthening of inter- and intrapersonal assets as described by Marks 1.1, 3.5, 7.6,8.1., 8.2, 8.3, 8.4,and 8.6.
    • Maintaining Christian community in the course
    • Strengthening inter- and intra- personal assets

Required Texts

  • Florence, Anna Carter. Preaching as Testimony. Louisville: Westminster John Knox Press, 2007.
  • Plantinga, Cornelius, Jr. Reading for Preaching: The Preacher in Conversation with Storytellers, Biographers, Poets, and Journalists. Grand Rapids: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 2013.
  • John S. McClure. Other-wise Preaching: A Postmodern Ethic for Homiletics. Chalice Press (December 1, 2001)

Additional Books and Resources:

  • Jones, Kirk Byron. The Jazz of Preaching: How to Preach With Great Joy and Freedom. Nashville: Abingdon Press, 2004.





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