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Homiletics Description 08

Homiletics Description 08



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Peter Rowan Preaching class in July08 Malaysia Bible Seminary

Peter Rowan Preaching class in July08 Malaysia Bible Seminary


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LECTURER: Peter Rowan
2nd Semester, 2008
“To me, the work of preaching is the highest and the greatest and the most gloriouscalling to which anyone can ever be called.” (Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones).
Course Description:
This introductory course on Homiletics aims to help students understand the basic prin-ciples of sermon preparation and delivery. We will look at the theology of preaching and itsrole within the life of the local church and pastoral ministry.
Course requirements:
 Attendance: If you cannot attend a class please see the lecturer and notify theRegistrar.
Preaching: You will be expected to speak in class for about 15 minutes. This will takeplace within a setting of worship, led by one of your colleagues, in which we all come tohear God speak to us. Some evaluation will be given by your fellow class members aswell as by the lecturer. This will count as one assignment.
Paper: Undergraduates - 8 pages minumum, 10 pages maximum; graduates – 10 pagesminimum, 12 pages maximum). Format: 12 point Times Roman or New Times Roman,double-spaced. Analyse a published sermon (audio sermon recommended). How doesthe preacher treat the genre of his or her chosen text? Evaluate the strengths and weak-nesses of all aspects of the sermon and reflect on what you have learned and can usein your own preaching. Cite sources read in preparation and provide footnotes for anyquotations used in the sermon itself. Follow this outline:
Introduce the preacher and the context (if known).
What is the chosen text and the stated aim of the preacher? (What is the sermonabout? What is the theme etc?)
What are the literary-rhetorical features of the text. What is the genre and context of the text?
Describe how the preacher approaches the text. Does he or she pay attention tothose literary-rhetorical features? Is the context and genre taken seriously? Do thesefeatures of the text play a part in how the sermon is structured and delivered?Evaluate.
Having listened to this sermon, what have you learned that you can incorporate intoyour own preaching?
Reading:Thesewillincludebooksandselectedjournalarticlesonvariousaspectsopreaching.Thisisapreliminarylist.UndergraduatestudentsmustreadRobinsonandoneotherbookoftheirchoicefromthelist.Studentstakinggraduateprogrammesmustread Robinson and Greidanus.
J. D. Baumann,
 An Introduction to Contemporary Preaching,
Grand Rapids: 1972.Brian H. Butler,
The Complete Guide to Preaching
, London: Marshall-Pickering, 1989.P. Brooks,
Eight Lectures on Preaching,
London: 1878; many editions.J. W. Cox,
San Francisco, 1985.*Sidney Greidanus,
The Modern Preacher and the Ancient Text 
, Grand Rapids: Wm. B.Eerdmans, 1988.Sidney Greidanus,
Preaching Christ from the Old Testament 
, Grand Rapids: Wm. B. Eerd-mans, 1999.Sidney Greidanus,
Preaching Christ from Genesis
, Grand Rapids: Wm. B. Eerdmans, 2007J. Killinger,
Fundamentals of Preaching,
London, 1985.Ralph L. Lewis and Gregg Lewis,
Learning to Preach Like Jesus
. Wheaton: Crossway, 1989.D.M. LLoyd-Jones,
Preaching and Preachers
, London: Hodder and Stoughton, 1971. Alice P. Mathews,
Preaching that Speaks to Women,
Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2003.Derek Newton,
 And The Word Became A Sermon: a practical guide to biblical expository  preaching,
Mentor / OMF, 2003.*Haddon W. Robinson,
Biblical Preaching
, Baker.J.R.W. Stott,
I believe in preaching
, London: Hodder and Stoughton, 1982.C.H. Spurgeon,
Lectures to my Students
, 3 vols. London, 1875, 1877 & 1894; one volumeedition, Marshall Pickering, 1985.G. E. Sweazey,
Preaching the Good News,
Englewood Cliffs, NJ., 1976.
 SubmissionofworkTheaboveassignmentmustbesubmittedbythegivendeadline.Lateworkwillnotbeaccepted.Ifyoucannotmeetthedeadlinebecauseofanemergency,comeand see me and we can discuss an extension.
Sermon 30%
Paper 50%
Class participation 10%
Reading 10%
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Lecturer’s Criteria for sermon evaluation:
Is the sermon clear?
Is it grounded in sound exegesis?
DoesthesermondemonstratetherelevanceoftheBibletotheneedsandinterestsothe audience?
Does the sermon reproduce some of the rhetorical dynamics of the text?
Is the preacher both natural and passionate?
Does the preacher’s nonverbal communication reinforce the verbal?
Is the preacher well prepared?
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