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Spring 2014/Menlo Park



PR500: HOMILETICS (4 Units). R. Kevin Murphy.

DESCRIPTION: This course is designed to provide an introduction to the theology of preaching and to the art and craft of sermon writing and presentation. It will provide the student with the opportunity to study such matters as the calling and character of the preacher, the significance of preaching, and the principles of sermon preparation. It will help the student develop skills in preparing for the task of preaching, the development of expository sermons, and the actual event of preaching itself.

LEARNING OUTCOMES: Students successfully completing this course will have demonstrated (1) the conviction that the biblical text is the proper foundation for preaching; (2) an ability to frame coherent content for sermons; (3) improvement in delivery skills; (4) the skills to evaluate one’s own and others’ preaching/speaking.

COURSE FORMAT: This course meets once a week for three hour sessions over a ten week quarter for a total of 30 hours of classroom instruction and student preaching with feedback.

REQUIRED READING: 1,000 pages required.

Lischer, Richard. The Company of Preachers. Eerdmans, 2002. ISBN: 978-0802846099, Pub. Price $36.00 [428 pp. assigned].

Robinson, Haddon W. Biblical Preaching. Baker Academic, 2001. ISBN: 978-0801022623, Pub. Price $21.99 [240 pp. assigned].

Stott, John R.W. Between Two Worlds. Eerdmans, 1994. ISBN: 978-0802806277, Pub. Price $24.00 [325 pp. assigned].

Taylor , Barbara Brown. The Preaching Life. Cowley, 1993. ISBN: 978-1561010745, Pub. Price $17.95 [150 pp. assigned].

Plus, students will be expected to sign up for the following newsletter for assigned reading assignments: Oversees Ministries Study Center e-journal at www.omsc.org

RECOMMENDED READING: Please see course syllabus.


  1. Attendance and participation in class discussion and sermon reviews. Unexcused absences will result in reduced grade (10%). [This assignment is related to learning outcome #1 and #4].

  2. Preparation and preaching of two original sermons; one from manuscript, one from outline notes. Exegetical study notes are to be included with second sermon (50%). [Learning outcomes #2 and #3].

  3. Six reflection papers (two pages) on assigned reading (30%). [Learning outcome #1].

  4. Reflection paper (one page) on an International Preaching Conference report (10%). [Learning outcomes #1 and #4].


RELATIONSHIP TO CURRICULUM: Meets MDiv core requirement in Preaching and Communication (MIN2) and the Communication (COMM) requirement in MA programs.


NOTE: This ECD is a reliable guide to the course design but is subject to modification. Textbook prices are set by publishers and are subject to change.