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This groundbreaking volume has guided generations of students and pastors through the daunting challenge of learning to preach. Fred Craddock weaves history, theology, and hermeneutics into a practical, comprehensive, and contemporary text on how to prepare and deliver the sermon.
Fred B. Craddock is Bandy Distinguished Professor of Preaching and New Testament, Emeritus, at the Candler School of Theology of Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. America's most respected and distinguished teacher of preaching, he is the author of numerous books, including As One Without Authority and Overhearing the Gospel
Table of Contents
|Foreword to the 25th Anniversary Edition||p. 6|
|Preaching: An Overview|
|Purpose and Format||p. 13|
|Basic Assumptions About Learning to Preach||p. 16|
|Fundamental Convictions About Preaching||p. 22|
|The Sermon in Context||p. 31|
|The Historical Context||p. 33|
|The Pastoral Context||p. 37|
|The Liturgical Context||p. 41|
|The Theological Context||p. 47|
|A Theology of Preaching||p. 51|
|Proceeding from Silence||p. 52|
|Heard in a Whisper||p. 55|
|Shouted from the Housetop||p. 60|
|Preaching: Having Something to Say|
|The Life of Study||p. 69|
|The Importance of the Life of Study||p. 69|
|Hindrances to the Life of Study||p. 71|
|Suggestions for a Life of Study||p. 75|
|Interpretation: The Listeners||p. 84|
|The Listeners as Audience||p. 86|
|The Listeners as Congregation||p. 90|
|Interpretation: The Text||p. 99|
|Selection of the Text||p. 101|
|First Reading of the Text||p. 105|
|Establishing the Text||p. 107|
|Detemining the Parameters of the Text||p. 110|
|Setting the Text in Its Several Contexts||p. 112|
|Being Aware of One's Point of Contact with the Text||p. 117|
|Putting the Text in One's Own Words||p. 121|
|Interpretation: Between Text and Listener||p. 125|
|The Task of the Preacher as Interpreter of Scripture||p. 127|
|Methods Available to the Preacher as Interpreter||p. 136|
|Preaching: Shaping the Message into a Sermon|
|Qualities to Be Sought in the Sermon||p. 153|
|The Formation of the Sermon||p. 170|
|The Many Functions of Form||p. 170|
|The Selection of a Form||p. 176|
|Creating a Form||p. 182|
|Putting the Form on Paper||p. 189|
|Enriching the Form||p. 194|
|The Language of Preaching||p. 196|
|Delivering the Sermon||p. 210|
|Pre-delivery Considerations||p. 211|
|The Delivery Itself||p. 214|
|Suggested Resources for the Preacher||p. 223|
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