Item description for Determining the Form: Structures for Preaching (Elements of Preaching) by O. Wesley Allen, Jr....
Overview This fifth title in the Elements of Preaching series offers preaching students and clergy an overview of some of the most common sermonic forms and provides insights for determining which forms are most---and least---amenable to the claim that they want to make in their sermon. Many, if not most, sermons wind up being somewhat formless and thus less effective than they might be in communicating the gospel. Rather than training students in a single rhetorical form, this volume will demonstrate a variety of options without advocating for any particular form.
Accomplished preachers can think of rhetorical strategy in a nuanced manner, but beginning preachers are well-served by having a knapsack of simple sermonic forms they can turn to when building a sermon out of a sermonic claim. This book will offer preachers a strong foundation in considering sermonic form and a handful of basic, reliable rhetorical structures to use in the pulpit.
Publishers Description This fifth title in the Elements of Preaching series offers preaching students and clergy an overview of some of the most common sermonic forms and provides insights for determining which forms are most - and least - amenable to the claim that they want to make in their sermon. Many, if not most, sermons wind up being somewhat formless and thus less effective than they might be in communicating the gospel. Rather than training students in a single rhetorical form, this volume will demonstrate a variety of options without advocating for any particular form. Accomplished preachers can think of rhetorical strategy in a nuanced manner, but beginning preachers are well-served by having a knapsack of simple sermonic forms they can turn to when building a sermon out of a sermonic claim. This book will offer preachers a strong foundation in considering sermonic form and a handful of basic, reliable rhetorical structures to use in the pulpit.
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Studio: Fortress Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.46" Width: 5.56" Height: 0.26" Weight: 0.3 lbs.
Release Date Oct 1, 2008
Publisher Fortress Press
Series Elements of Preaching
ISBN 080060444X ISBN13 9780800604448
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More About O. Wesley Allen, Jr.
O. Wesley Allen, Jr. is the Associate Professor of Homiletics and Worship at Lexington Theological Seminary. An ordained United Methodist elder, he has served as a pastor and campus minister. He is the author of several books, including Good News from Tinyville, Preaching Resurrection, Reading the Synoptic Gospels, and Preaching and Reading the Lectionary.
O. Wesley Allen currently resides in Greencastle, in the state of Indiana. O. Wesley Allen was born in 1965.
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A Primer on Form Mar 18, 2010
Review of "Determining the Form"
O. Wesley Allen Jr. seems to be academically qualified to address the various structure of sermon for the modern age. He is a professor of homiletics and worship at Lexington Theological Seminary. He is an ordained elder within the Methodist church. Allen is well versed in the homiletic conversation, but might lack some practical knowledge that comes from preaching in a congregation year after year. The author contributes to a theological library because his book is a quick reference for the various types of form that are generally used in the America pulpit. He highlights the essential qualities of a sermon which are unity, movement, and climax. No matter what form is used, these elements provide the foundation for a good sermon. The author's intended purpose is to give the local preacher a quick guide to the different types of structure for sermons. The book is not an in-depth look into each form, but is merely a survey of the options available for preaching that will connect. The purpose of the book is to start the discussion into the various forms; there is still a lot of work to do to master the different types of structure. This is the starting point as the author believes that a minister to incorporate various types of structures in the pulpit. He advises against using the same structure over and over again from week to week. The author wants to expand the preacher's tool box for sermons. The author details the common elements in all good sermons to establish the foundation for the various structures used to preach to begin the work. He provides the wide-angle view than zooms in to the various formats. He uses 1 Kings 19:1-15a has the foundational text to illustrate each of the forms. He highlights the propositional sermon, the exegesis-interpretation-application sermon, the verse-by-verse sermon, the four pages sermon, the valley sermon, the new hearing sermon, and the negative to positive sermon. In a brief overview, the author shows the major characteristics of these types of structure. At the end of each section, he provides the skeleton structure that he would use for the 1 Kings 19:1-15a text. There are also charts for each type of sermon. In each chapter Allen gives the positives and negatives for each form. At the end, the author instructs the preacher that he does not have to be mastered by the form. The form is for the preacher, and in appropriate times the preacher is to exercise flexibility to communicate his points. The form is not the master, but a tool in the transformational process. Determining the Form was an excellent introduction to the various forms available in preaching. The chapters were well organized from the old methods to new methods in preaching. The only problem in this area was that the book is static in time. Form methodology continues to change, and a discussion of Andy Stanley's form of "Me, You, God, You, Us" would have been beneficial. The author seemed balanced in his approach. Sometimes authors have a particular bias for a certain form. Even though the propositional model is older, the author still praised it. He saw that the "university form" still had some merit in today's pulpit. He did not automatically go with the newer is better approach. The case study aspect of looking at 1 Kings 19:1-15a was helpful. It was a nice illustrative section to flesh out the particular structure that was being overviewed in each chapter. The examples provided a picture of what a sermon would look like in that form. For a author that might be given to more of an abstract view of preaching, he did a good job in making each section practical with this sermon text. Allen showed that the "valley structure" seems to be the normative for the majority of narrative sermons. He correctly pointed out that too many preachers take the congregation to low into the valley but the sermon ending to too weak to carry them out. Some of the other forms, like the "negative to the positive" and the "New Hearing Sermon" can be over used as much as the "University Sermon." After a while, the listeners will tire of constant delayed gratification ploys. The members will catch on to the structure and tune the minister out until the end. The popularity of forms is constantly changing. A few years ago, all the fanfare was given to "expository sermons." This form was the top form for a lot of preachers. The key, as the author seemed to indicate is not one form above the other, but all forms have a place and time in the pulpit. The great the flexibility of forms the higher success he seems to believe the minister will have. Though, this is probably true, one must be aware of over doing variety. Overall, the author accomplished his mission of introducing various forms so that a minister will have more to draw from for a week to week basis.