This module will introduce you to the history, theology, and practice of Christian preaching as a particular genre of Christian communication related mainly to Christian ministry. The primary focus will be upon preaching as a ‘live event’ which takes place in the context of a congregation gathered in worship.
You will be introduced to the terms exegesis, hermeneutics, and homiletics and the way in which these activities are brought together in moving from Scriptural text to sermon. You will have the opportunity to work with a number of texts and consider preaching from these texts in relation to matters of:
In relation to these you will consider issues of listening to your listeners, sermon form, illustration, use of technology, and embodied oral delivery.
By the end of the module students should be able to work from a text to a written and then delivered sermon according to a number of the principles and practices which are associated with good preaching.
As part of this process students will receive formative peer and tutor feedback on a sermon delivered in class.