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Preaching and Homiletical Theory (Preaching and Its Partners) [Paperback]

By Paul Scott Wilson (Author)
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Preaching and Homiletical Theory takes both an appreciative and a critical look at the contribution of homiletics to quality preaching. It focuses on key scholarship and the effectiveness of recent trends in homiletics and offers a discussion of the role of homiletics and preaching in the coming years. Organized by the three dimensions central to the homiletical task--biblical, theological, and pastoral--Preaching and Homiletical Theory identifies significant schools of contemporary thought and surveys the breadth of discussion for each of the dimensions.

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Homiletics has been taught since the early church, yet it is still young as an academic discipline in its own right. Preaching and Homiletical Theory takes both an appreciative and a critical look at the contribution of homiletics to quality preaching. It focuses on key scholarship and the effectiveness of recent trends in homiletics and offers a discussion of the role of homiletics and preaching in the coming years. Organized by the three dimensions central to the homiletical task--biblical, theological, and pastoral--Preaching and Homiletical Theory identifies significant schools of contemporary thought and surveys the breadth of discussion for each of the dimensions. The biblical section examines the historical task of determining the setting and context of a text, as well as the hermeneutical and homiletical tasks as the text leads to contemporary meanings. It highlights a new school of approach to the Bible that relies heavily upon reader response criticism to interpret difficult texts. The theological section deals with apprehending scripture as revelation and connecting it with established teachings of the church to determine what God is saying to the community of faith today. The final pastoral section deals with homiletical literature on various ethical and other issues including the nature of the congregation and the person of the preacher. A new homiletical school of radical postmodern ethics is examined along with the challenges and opportunities it represents for the pulpit.

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Studio: Christian Board of Publication
Pages   184
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.38" Width: 5.58" Height: 0.49"
Weight:   0.58 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Nov 1, 2004
Publisher   Christian Board of Publication
Series  Preaching And Its Partners  
ISBN  082722981X  
ISBN13  9780827229815  


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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! 'Paul Scott Wilson is professor of homiletics at Emmanuel College, Toronto School of Theology, University of Toronto. He is the author of several books and is the series editor for Preaching and Its Partners.

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from Chalice Press  Feb 20, 2008
This book takes both an appreciative and a critical look at the contribution of homiletics to quality preaching. It focuses on key scholarship and the effectiveness of recent trends in homiletics and offers a discussion of the role of homiletics and preaching in the coming years. Organized by the three dimensions central to the homiletical task--biblical, theological, and pastoral--this book identifies significant schools of contemporary thought and surveys the breadth of discussion for each of the dimensions. This book is a major contribution to the teaching and studying of homiletics. Every teacher of preaching will be grateful for the author's ability to cover much of the recent work in the field in ways that are both synthetic and highly insightful. Even more important, he relates preaching to theology. In part this is because he helps us think about the theological grounds of preaching, and in part it is because he shows how preaching itself can be richly and suggestively theological.
 
Great Survey of Preaching Philosophies  Feb 24, 2006
Paul Scott Wilson
Preaching and Homiletical Theory
Reviewed by Rev. Marc Axelrod

In "Preaching and Homiletical Theory," Paul Scott Wilson surveys significant movements in the field of homiletics and assesses their usefulness for preaching. In section one, Wilson discusses the various approaches to the biblical text. He identifies the scholars who advocate summing up the sermon in one sentence or idea (Haddon Robinson, Bryan Chapell, Fred Craddock, Thomas Long, H. Grady Davis), and he also notes the scholars who are opposed to the theme sentence approach (David Buttrick, Eugene Lowry). His own view is explicitly theological. He recommends that the preacher discover the major concern of the text and refine it so that it becomes the major concern of the sermon. But he goes on to say that there may be more than one major concern of the text, and that the one that the speaker decides on ought to focus on one of the members of the Trinity. But not only can the idea of a passage having more than one possible major concern be called into question, it is debatable whether or not it is necessary to give all thesis statements a God focus. In a sense, all scripture has a God sense in that God is the One who inspired it. But I remain unconvinced that all thesis statements need to be God driven, as Wilson might say, or set in a redemptive-historical context, as Chapell would say.

Having said all this, I must also stress that this is a wonderful survey of the 20th and 21st century North American homiletical landscape. Wilson does a good job in noting the importance of biblical exegesis in the sermon composition process. He has a good chapter on the emphases of contemporary homileticians, and he also has interesting chapters on the theological structures of Barth, Walthers, Luther, and Crum and their influence on homiletics. There are incisive discussions and critiques of the Trouble/Grace approach to sermon crafting, as well as variations on this theme. There is also a section of the book which deals with preaching ethics and principles and social justice, and a final chapter about postmodern preaching, and its reluctance to saying anything about the truth of a text, and its focus on the preacher and the congregation sitting at the table together in discussion.

The closing pages of the book highlight seven challenges for homiletics as a discipline. They are all helpful, but I cringe at the suggestion that we `return God to the center of scripture,' (as if God ever moved away from the scriptures or that we have the power to put Him back!)

I also question Wilson's contention that preachers should preach "the gospel and not pericopes per se." I understand that we need to preach the text in context with the larger text of scripture. But I don't necessarily agree that every sermon needs to contain the message of Easter, either. It is something that I may have to consider further.

Yet it must be stressed that this is a stimulating book and one that every preacher should have on the shelf because of its panoramic coverage of homiletics.

 

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