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The Revolution of the New Way of Preaching. Craddock, Lowry, Buttrick. Old Wineskins for Preaching. Conceptual Method: an argument in support of an idea Development by a Series of Points Model of Rational Persuasion. Old Style Preaching Result of Several Factors.

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Old wineskins for preaching
Old Wineskins for Preaching

  • Conceptual Method: an argument in support of an idea

  • Development by a Series of Points

  • Model of Rational Persuasion

Old style preaching result of several factors
Old Style Preaching Result of Several Factors

  • 1. The linear way of thinking from the printing press

  • 2. Aristotelian Rhetoric: original narrative preaching of 1st century corrupted by Aristotelian model in 2nd century

Deductive and inductive
Deductive and Inductive

  • “deductive movement is from the general truth to the particular application or experience while inductive is the reverse” Craddock

  • “The minister says ’all men are mortal’ and meets drowsy agreement; he announces that ‘Mr. Brown’s son is dying’ and the church becomes the church.”

New vision lead the congregation to experience the dynamic of the text

New Vision: lead the congregation to experience the dynamic of the text

A hearer oriented homiletic

(think Craddock)

Creative vision


Invite the congregation to participate in the preacher’s journey of discovery and draw their own conclusions (postmodern?)

For craddock that homiletical genius
For Craddock, that Homiletical Genius of the text

  • Two Eureka Moments (when you discover the thrust of the passage; when you envision the strategy for preaching it)

  • Two Chairs: the analytical chair; the intuitive or imaginative chair

What is the text doing
What is the text doing? of the text

  • The text may be lamenting, praising, singing, criticizing, blessing

  • Then why not design the sermon to imitate the text and do what it does

The revolution of the new way of preaching
So of the text

  • Be indirect

  • Use story

  • Leave it unfinished, inviting the hearer to complete

  • Don’t use points but have a point, a destination

Preaching as storytelling

  • Christians are people who know some stories and tell them to others

    Buechner in The Magnificent Defeat

    The models for preaching as storytelling are in the Gospels themselves (Amos Wilder, Early Christian Rhetoric)

African american preaching


    Henry Mitchell

    MLK told the story of a people

Question after black sermon
Question after Black Sermon of the text


Three important emphases of the revolution
Three Important Emphases of the “Revolution” of the text

  • 1. Inductive Approach (movement to a point rather than from a point)

  • 2. The Sermon Design itself a narrative

  • 3. A favored attitude toward Narrative texts

Lowry s contributions
Lowry’s Contributions of the text

  • “doing time in the pulpit”

  • Freedom in the pulpit

  • Participatory

  • The beginning should upset and create a homiletical bind

  • Preaching must dare to dance on the edge of mystery

  • Sermon should be a plot, an evocative event

The lowry loop
“The Lowry Loop” of the text

  • 1. Upsetting the Equilibrium: OOPS

  • 2. Analyzing the Discrepancy: UGH!

  • 3. Disclosing the Clue to Resolution: AHA!

  • 4. Experiencing the Gospel: WHEE!

  • 5. Anticipating the Consequences: YEAH!

Outcome of the text

  • Has found a hearing

  • Makes a Lasting Impact on Preaching

  • Has rooted the Sermon in the experience of the Text

Limitations of the new way of preaching
Limitations of the New Way of Preaching of the text

  • 1. Works best in a Christian culture with hearers immersed in the Christian tradition. Biblical illiteracy grows. Congregations are more shaped by the values of a secular culture

  • 2. The Church finds itself in “exile,” surrounded by a culture of consumer capitalism, moral relativism, narcissism

Critique continued
Critique Continued of the text

  • 3. Focus on technique (form, design, strategy) to the neglect of a larger theological agenda

  • 4. Tendency to Ignore the other biblical genre, having found its model in the parable

  • 5. Hearers hearing only narrative preaching will have little grasp of the reflective dimensions of the Christian faith

And a few more limits
And a few more limits of the text

  • 6. Reluctance to speak with authority or make claims for change in the lives of the hearers

  • 7. The NT includes both story and rational persuasion. Even narrative gospels include discourses (as Mt.). We now realize that Aristotelian forms appear in the NT in the 1st century.

What is missing
WHAT IS MISSING? of the text


    (21 of the 27 books of the NT are epistolary, not narrative)

Paul a forgotten mentor
Paul, a Forgotten Mentor of the text

  • Dependence on the Power of the Gospel

  • The Preacher’s Captivity to the Word of God

  • The Preacher”s Awareness of the Larger Agenda of Preaching

    James Thompson, Preaching like Paul

Preaching paul in a worship service
Preaching Paul in a Worship Service of the text

  • 1. Witnessing to the Power of the Gospel.

    a. So ponder how Paul saw manifestations of the power of the gospel

    b. So look for the fulfilment of the promise in the concreteness of our lives

2 since worship is a celebration 1 cor 5 8
2. Since worship is a celebration (1 Cor. 5:8) of the text

  • Worship should be reoriented toward a congregational celebration of the present manifestations of God

  • The the community of believers can perceive its vocation to the world

    Daniel Patte, Preaching Paul

Preaching like paul
Preaching like Paul of the text

  • 1. Should be pastoral (2 Cor.)

  • 2. Should be evangelistic (kerygma): the declaration of God’s saving events (Thessalonians)

  • 3. Should be deductive arguments that make a case

  • 4. Should contribute to he continued formation of community. Sermons are to churches and not just to individuals.

Fresh pauline visions
Fresh Pauline Visions of the text

  • 1. Vision of a countercultural existence

  • 2. Vision of alternative values

  • 3. Vision of the transformation of a community into a holy people

Preaching as remembering rom 15 15

Preaching as Remembering (Rom.15:15) of the text

Preaching in a non-Christian land in which people do not know the stories

The better way 1 cor 13 one thing that can restore community
The Better Way (1 Cor. 13):one thing that can restore community

  • Your church may not face conflict over gifts but competing ministries

  • (We search for the better way): traditional or contemporary worship, social justice or evangelism, Bible study or action?

  • 2. (What matters is love)

3 what is love p 155
3. (What is love?) (p 155) community

4. (Love endures forever)” Duane Thomas asked how does it feel to play in the ultimate game