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Spring 2014/Menlo Park




DESCRIPTION: A homiletics course for those in the MA programs who also feel called to preach. 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 and for the development of expository sermons. This course will include a practicum component.

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

Stott, John R.W. Between Two Worlds, Eerdmans, 1982. ISBN: 978-0802806277, Pub. Price $24.00 [325 pp. assigned].

Taylor , Barbara Brown. The Preaching Life. Cowley Publications, 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].

PREREQUISITES: None. At least one course in Biblical studies recommended.

RELATIONSHIP TO CURRICULUM: This course meets the Communication requirement (COMM) in MA programs and also meets the four-unit requirement for CO500 and CO503 in any applicable pre-2007 MA program. This course will not meet the MIN2 requirement in the MDiv.


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.