Thematic Preaching An Introduction

ISBN-10: 0827236530

ISBN-13: 9780827236530

Edition: 2001

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Book details

List price: $30.99
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: Chalice Press
Publication date: 5/1/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 240
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.792
Language: English

Ken Sawyer is senior minister of the First Parish in Wayland, Massachusetts.

Introduction: "Preaching on Blue Ducks"
The Art and Craft of Preaching
What Matters in a Sermon?
Preaching to Real People
Whence Ideas? Topics and Materials "At Everybody's Hand"
Finally Choosing This Week's Theme
Trusting Instant Inspiration, Words on Paper, or What?
Getting Started: Those First Words on Paper
Preparing a Sermon
Feelings That Get in the Way
Shaping a Sermon
More than a Message: The Use of Story, Examples, and Evocative Illustrations
"The Hour Draws Nigh": Immediately before You Preach
Sermon Delivery
Preaching When Children Are Present
Preaching as Ministry
Sermons That Help the Healing "Forgiveness: The Hardest Act of Love"
Sermons That Tend the Institution "Those Singular Rooms"
Sermons That Engage with the Larger World "Birthing a New World"
Sermons That Build the Loving Community "Counting Our Blessings"
Sermons That Inspire "N.D.Y."
Sermons That Explain a Particular Religious Identity "Something Far More Deeply Interfused"
Sermons That Provide Intellectual Stimulation "Two Kinds of People"
Sermons That Startle, Awaken, or Amuse "Have a Jolly Holiday, or The Minister's Festive Hat"
Issues in Preaching
Worthy Nonetheless: Ministerial Authority and Presence
"Can I Tell the Story about the Time I...?": The Question of Self-Revelation
"Am I a Performer or Am I Me?": The Question of Authenticity
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