PR500: HOMILETICS. Lisa Lamb.
DESCRIPTION: The call to preach provokes a potent mix of terror and delight in those to whom it comes. Our goal will be to cut down the angst and to grow in boldness, passion, and joy as we explore the ministry of preaching the gospel. This course will build a biblical and theological foundation for preaching and attend to the nitty gritty aspects of sermon design and delivery. Student will develop their skills as they preach two sermons, hear and offer constructive feedback, evaluate their own sermons, and complete other written assignments.
SIGNIFICANCE FOR LIFE AND MINISTRY: The preaching of the gospel of Jesus Christ is a central and essential means through which God grows God’s church. Those who are called to pastoral and evangelistic leadership are called to develop their skills in biblical exegesis and their capacity to preach with genuine love, faithfulness, passion and joy.
LEARNING OUTCOMES: As a result of this course students will demonstrate growth in the following:
COURSE FORMAT: The class will meet weekly for three-hour sessions. Students will preach twice; sermons will be recorded. Attendance is mandatory due to the highly experiential and participatory nature of this course.
Long, Thomas. The Witness of Preaching. Westminster John Knox, 2005.
Pitt-Watson, Ian. A Primer for Preachers. Grand Rapids: Baker, 1986. (Used copies can be expensive online! Order it from the Fuller bookstore.)
Lowry, Eugene. How to Preach a Parable: Designs for Narrative Sermons. Nashville: Abingdon Press, 1989. $21.00
Taylor, Barbara Brown. Your choice of one of these three collections of her sermons:
Seeds of Heaven, Gospel Medicine or Bread of Angels
One of the following:
Nieman, James R. and Thomas G. Rogers. Preaching to Every Pew: Cross Cultural Strategies.
Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2001. (Chapters 1 and 2 and pp. 100-111)
LaRue, Cleophus, The Heart of Black Preaching. Louisville: Westminster John Knox Press, 1999. (Chapters 1 and 4)
Commentary reading as needed to prepare two high-quality exegetical notes and sermons.
Three other written sermons found online or on reserve, and five heard sermons.
RECOMMENDED READING: List will be given in syllabus.
ASSIGNMENTS AND ASSESSMENT: (200 point scale)
Regular, punctual class attendance is required, and grades will be lowered for lateness/poor participation. Each unexcused absence will lower the course grade by 5 points. (You may make up two legitimate absences by reading lecture notes and your peers’ sermon manuscripts and posting feedback to Moodle for them and for your professor.) Missing more than two sessions for any reason will almost certainly result in failure of the course.
RELATIONSHIP TO CURRICULUM: Meets M.Div. coure requirement in Preaching andCommunication (MIN2) and MA programs Communication requirement (COMM).
NOTE: This ECD is a reliable guide to the course design but is subject to modification.