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Course: BIB323, Sermon Preparation and Delivery
Credit hrs.: 3 hours
Instructor: Robert J. Young
Office Hours: Office 110A (as posted), other times by appointment
Phone: 304-865-6007 (office); 304-295-4498 (home)
Semester: Fall, 2001
Prerequisites: Admission to the Bible Program or permission

Note: Ideally, the student should have an awareness of hermeneutical principles and foundations. If the student has not yet taken Bible 347 (Scripture Interpretation), some additional reading and study to acquaint the student with basic hermeneutical principles may be necessary.

Required Textbooks:
Holy Bible. [The translation you are accustomed to working from, but no paraphrases. A class on sermon preparation requires serious hermeneutic, exegetical, and homiletic work.]

Recommended Readings:
[The student may wish to become familiar with the following materials.]
Adler, Mortimer and Charles Van Doren. How to Read a Book. NY: Simon and Schuster (Touchstone), 1972.
Fee, Gordon D. New Testament Exegesis: A Handbook for Students and Pastors. Westminster, 1983.
Richard Lischer. A Theology for Preaching.
Marshall, I. Howard. Biblical Inspiration. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1983.
Shelly, Rubel. The Divine Folly. 20th Century Christian.
Stewart, Douglas, and Gordon Fee. How to Read the Bible for All It's Worth. Zondervan, 1994 rev.
Stott, J. R. W. Between Two Worlds. Eerdmans.

Course Description:
This course combines two formerly sequenced preaching courses and thus treats sermon preparation and delivery. It introduces the student to the study of homiletics with an emphasis on the preparation of biblical, effective sermons that bring the Bible to bear on the everyday lives of the listeners. It also addresses the principles and practices of effective delivery.
This course will make the student aware of the breadth of homiletic studies and will suggest practical ways in which the student may approach the biblical text according to sound exegetical principles to deliver God's message to the listeners. The course will build upon the fact of biblical inspiration and will address valid hermeneutical principles. How the various genre of Scripture may best be preached will also be considered. Emphasis will be given to organizing thoughts so that hearers are able to understand the message clearly. The student will be expected to learn how to examine the text with multiple and varied audiences in view.
Of first importance, the course will require introspection from the student, as only spiritually prepared messengers can deliver effectively a prepared spiritual message. Messengers must be prepared even as messages are prepared. "In a day when the church and preaching are widely viewed with skepticism, the minister must be certain of his own heart, his calling, and purpose for preaching." Students will be expected to examine their personal faith, relationships, and lifestyles and to be committed to being God's person.
Regarding preparation, this course is designed to acquaint the student with the challenge and methods of effectively delivering the sermon. A major thrust of the course will be the study of the text itself with a view to communicating the message of the text in a contemporary world.

Student Expectations
[Student expectations are set forth in the OVC catalog. These paragraphs supplement the matters addressed therein as they pertain to this class.]
Attendance Policy -- The school attendance policy will be followed. Students whose unexcused absences exceed one week of class will be dropped. Students dropped are required to meet with the professor and submit their plan for maintaining attendance in the class before reinstatement. Unexcused absences will lower the student's final grade up to a grade point for each absence. Excused absences are available only through contact with the instructor the day class is missed or in advance. Students are responsible for consulting with the instructor when absent. The student is responsible for obtaining and completing all assignments.

Classroom Conduct -- Students must arrive at class on time. (See catalog.) A student who must arrive at class late is expected to enter class without being disruptive and wait until after class to explain the reason for his or her tardiness. Three tardies count as one absence for purposes of administering the attendance policy.

Late Assignments -- Homework must be turned in on time or early. Daily in-class work and quizzes cannot be made up.

Make-up Test Policy -- Make-up tests are generally discouraged and unavailable. You must consult with the instructor in advance to arrange an alternate grading plan.

Withdrawal Procedure -- Class withdrawal procedures are set forth in the catalog and must be followed. The student must initiate an official process. Non-attendance does not constitute official withdrawal. The student who neither attends nor drops the class will ultimately receive an "F" grade.

Goals and Objectives
1. The student will be introduced to the study of homiletics.
2. The student will examine his own heart, his calling, and purpose for preaching. "Students will be expected to examine their personal faith, relationships, and lifestyles and to be committed to being God's person."
3. The importance of biblical, effective sermons that bring the Bible to bear on the everyday lives of the listeners will be understood.
4. The student will be aware of the breadth of homiletic studies.
5. The student will be able to set forth in definition, description, result, and consequences the fact of biblical inspiration.
6. The student will learn practical ways to approach the biblical text according to sound exegetical principles to deliver God's message to the listeners.
7. The student will understand basic hermeneutical principles which guide the process of developing biblical sermons.
8. The student will be able to describe various genre of Scripture and suggest how each may best be preached.
9. Within his own unique style and personal preferences, the student will be encouraged to organize thoughts so that hearers are able to understand the message clearly.
10. The student will learn how to examine the text by considering multiple audiences.
11. The student will learn how to preach the text by considering the various segments of his audience.
12. The student will develop a beginning portfolio of effective, biblical sermons.
13. The student will have a clear understanding of the sermon preparation and delivery process.
14. The student will continue to hone sermon preparation skills. The student should produce new sermons for this class.
15. The student will reflect an awareness of the unique concerns, themes, topics, theology, outline, chronology, and purposes of each of the biblical books in sermon delivery.
16. The student will be able to analyze sermons he hears and understand the dynamics employed by the speaker.
17. The student will grow in his ability to prepare and deliver sermons, based on feedback and analysis of his from his classmates and the professor.
18. All students should expect to be involved in outside readings which will complement the course content and provide additional orientation to the current state of homiletic studies, insofar as is practical in an upper-level undergraduate course. Students will be encouraged to advance as far as they are willing.

Criteria for Evaluation
The successful student will not master some of the above objectives while ignoring others, but will obtain a degree of mastery in each objective. The successful student will cooperate with the professor in a mutually stimulating and exciting learning experience. Evaluation will be based upon mastery of these goals and objectives as reflected in class participation, quizzes, homework and other various assignments, and examinations.

Evaluation

Grading Scale
A 93-100%
B 85-92%
C 75-84%
D 65-74%
F <65%

Please Note: This syllabus is an agreement between the student and the instructor of BIB323. The professor reserves the right to amend any or all of this syllabus as he deems necessary during the course of the semester, and will promptly notify all students involved of the changes.

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Compliance with Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
If you have a diagnosed disability and need special accommodations, please notify the Office of the Provost before or immediately after your first scheduled class meeting. After your disability has been verified, your instructor will work with you and the Office of the Provost to insure that you have a fair opportunity to perform in the course.

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Course Calendar

Week 1-5

Week 6-10

Week 11-15

FINAL EXAMINATION, Tuesday, December 11, 8:00-9:50 a.m.

Additional Readings:
All of the following books should be available through ILL if they are not in the OVC library. Those with asterisks are especially recommended for reading and reports. [A word to the wise: If you are planning to obtain a book through ILL and have a report deadline, start early!]

*Anderson, Lynn. Freshness for the Far Journey. Abilene, TX: ACU Press, 1992.

Blackwood, Andrew W. The Fine Art of Preaching. Grand Rapids: Baker, 1976 reprint (p).

Broadus, John A. On the Preparation and Delivery of Sermons. 4th ed., rev. New York: Harper & Row, 1979.

Jackson, Edgar N. How to Preach to People's Needs. Grand Rapids: Baker, 1972 reprint (p).

*Kennedy, Gerald. The Seven Worlds of the Minister. New York: Harper & Row, 1968.

*Ladd, George E. The New Testament and Criticism. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1967.

*Lewis, Ralph L. Inductive Preaching: Helping People Listen. Westchester, IL: Crossway, 1983.

*Lloyd-Jones, D. Martyn. Preaching and Preachers. London: Hodder and Stoughton, 1971.

*McClure, John S. The Four Codes of Preaching. Minneapolis: Fortress, 1991.

*North, Ira. Balance. Nashville: Gospel Advocate, 1983.

*Shelly, Rubel. The Divine Folly: A Theology for Preaching the Gospel. Nashville: 20th Century Christian, 1990.

Stewart, James. Heralds of God. Grand Rapids: Baker, 1972 reprint (p).

Preaching Bibliography (books in OVC library)

[The following books are a partial listing of holdings of the OVC library. Any of these may be used for your review/report, but those with asterisks are especially recommended. Reviews/reports on any of these books, but especially on those not marked, should analyze and critique their strengths and/or weaknesses.]

Abbey, Merrill R. Living Doctrine in a Vital Pulpit. New York: Abingdon, 1964.

*Achtemeier, Elizabeth. Creative Preaching: Finding the Words. Nashville: Abingdon, 1980.

*Anderson, Lynn. Freshness for the Far Journey. Abilene, TX: ACU Press, 1992.

Bartow, Charles L. The Preaching Moment: A Guide to Sermon Delivery. Nashville: Abingdon, 1980.

*Buechener, Frederick. Telling the Truth: Gospel as.... San Francisco: Harper & Row, 1977.

*Brueggeman, Walter. The Bible Makes Sense. Winona, MN: St. Mary's College Press, 1977.

*________. Finally Comes the Poet. Minneapolis: Fortress, 1989.

*________. The Prophetic Imagination. Philadelphia: Fortress, 1978.

*Craddock, Fred. Overhearing the Gospel. Nashville: Abingdon, 1978.

*________. Preaching. Nashville: Abingdon, 1985.

*Dodd, Charles Harold. The Apostolic Preaching and its Developments. London: Hodder & Stoughton, 1936.

Duke, Robert W. The Sermon as God's Word: Theologies for Preaching. Nashville: Abingdon, 1980.

Hodge, Charles B. Your Preacher. Fort Worth: Star, 1972.

Keck, Leander E. The Bible in the Pulpit: The Renewal of Biblical Preaching. Nashville: Abingdon, 1978.

*Long, Thomas. Preaching and the Literary Forms of the Bible. Philadelphia: Fortress, 1989.

*________. The Witness of Preaching. Louisville: Westminster/John Knox, 1989.

*Love, Bill. The Core Gospel. Abilene, TX: ACU Press, 1992.

*Miller, Calvin. The Empowered Communicator. Nashville: Broadman and Holman, 1994.

Nichols, J. Randall. The Restoring Word: Preaching as Past Oral Communication. San Francisco: Harper & Row, 1987.

Perry, Lloyd M. Biblical Preaching for Today's World. Chicago: Moody, 1990.

Reid, Clyde H. The Empty Pulpit: A Study in Preaching as Communication. New York: Harper & Row, 1967.

*Robinson, Haddon W. Biblical Preaching: The Development and Delivery of Expository Messages. Grand Rapids: Baker, 1980.

Sangster, W. E. Power in Preaching. New York: Abingdon, 1958.

*Shelly, Rubel. The Divine Folly. Nashville: 20th Century Christian, 1990.

Skudlarek, William. The Word in Worship: Preaching in a Liturgical Context. Nashville: Abingdon, 1981.

*Troger, Thomas H. Imagining a Sermon. Nashville: Abingdon, 1990.

*________. The Parable of Ten Preachers. Nashville: Abingdon, 1992.

Van Harn, Roger. Pew Rights: For People Who Listen to Sermons. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1992.

Wazuak, Robert P. Sunday After Sunday: Preaching the Homily as Story. New York: Paulist, 1983.

*Willimon, William H. Integrative Preaching: the Pulpit at the Center. Nashville: Abingdon, 1981.

________. Preaching to Strangers. Louisville: Westminster/John Knox, 1992.

*Wilson, Paul Scott. Imagination of the Heart: New Understandings in Preaching. Nashville: Abingdon, 1988.

*________. A Concise History of Preaching. Nashville: Abingdon, 1992. (192 pp.)

General Preaching Bibliography

Adams, Jay E. Preaching with Purpose. Grand Rapids: Baker, 1982.

________. Essays on Biblical Preaching. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1982.

Barth, Karl. Preaching the Gospel. Philadelphia: The Westminster Press, 1962.

Baxter, Batsell Barrett. The Heart of the Yale Lectures. New York: Macmillan, 1947.

Bennett, Bill. Thirty Minutes to Raise the Dead. Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 1991.

Blackwood, Andrew W. Biographical Preaching for Today. Nashville: Abingdon, 1954.

________. Doctrinal Preaching for Today. Nashville: Abingdon, 1956.

________. Expository Preaching for Today. Nashville: Abingdon, 1953.

________. The Fine Art of Preaching. Grand Rapids: Baker, 1976 reprint (p).

________. Preaching from the Bible. Nashville: Abingdon, 1941.

________. The Preparation of Sermons. Nashville: Abingdon-Cokesbury, 1948.

Braga, James. How to Prepare Biblical Messages. Portland: Multnomah, 1981.

Broadus, John A., and Jesse Burton Weatherspoon. On the Preparation and Delivery of Sermons. New and Revised Edition. New York: Harper, 1944.

Broadus, John A. On the Preparation and Delivery of Sermons. 4th ed., rev. New York: Harper & Row, 1979.

Brooks, Phillips. The Joy of Preaching. Grand Rapids: Kregel, 1989.

Cox, James W. Preaching. San Francisco: Harper & Row, 1985.

Craddock, Fred B. Preaching. Nashville: Abingdon, 1985.

Fant, Clyde. Preaching for Today. San Francisco: Harper & Row, 1987.

Freeman, Harold. Variety in Biblical Preaching. Waco: Word, 1987.

Holland, Thomas. H. Sermon Design and Delivery. Brentwood, TN: Penmann Press, 1969.

Hybels, Bill, Stuart Briscoe, and Haddon Robinson. Mastering Contemporary Preaching. Portland: Multnomah, 1989.

Larsen, David L. The Anatomy of Preaching. Grand Rapids: Baker, 1989.

Lewis, Ralph L. Speech for Persuasive Preaching. Wilmore, KY: Asbury Theological Seminary,1968.

________, and Gregg Lewis. Inductive Preaching: Helping People Listen. Westchester, IL: Crossway, 1983.

Liefeld, Walter. New Testament Exposition: From Text to Sermon. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1984.

Long, Thomas. The Witness of Preaching. Louisville: Westminster/John Knox, 1989.

Lowery, Eugene L. The Homiletical Plot. Atlanta: John Knox, 1980.

Meyer, Jack Sr. The Preacher and His Work. Revised and Enlarged Edition. Athens, AL: CEI, 1960.

Miller, Donald G. The Way to Biblical Preaching. Nashville: Abingdon, 1957.

Nichols, J. Randall. Building the Word: The Dynamics of Communication and Preaching. San Francisco: Harper & Row, 1980.

Pack, Frank and Prentice Meador. Preaching to Modern Man. Abilene: Biblical Research Press, 1969.

Robinson, Haddon W. Biblical Preaching: The Development and Delivery of Expository Messages. Grand Rapids: Baker, 1980.

Shelly, Rubel. The Divine Folly: A Theology for Preaching the Gospel. Nashville: 20th Century Christian, 1990.

Wallis, Charles. L. (editor). Preaching Biblically: Creating Sermons in the Shape of Scripture. Philadelphia: Westminster, 1983.


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