Novel Preaching : Tips from Top Writers on Crafting Creative Sermons

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  • Edition: 1st
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  • Copyright: 2010-02-01
  • Publisher: Presbyterian Pub Corp
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Fiction writers are highly creative people who have learned the discipline of translating their ideas into effective communication. That same combination of creativity and skill comes into play for preachers crafting their sermons.In this lively and accessible book, Alyce McKenzie explores how fiction writers approach the task of writing novels: how they develop ideas, find their inspiration, and turn the spark of a creative notion into words on paper that will captivate the masses. McKenzie shows how preachers can use the same techniques to enhance their own creativity and to turn their ideas into powerful, well-crafted sermons.Novel Preaching offers a wealth of advice from successful fiction writers, including Isabelle Allende, Frederick Buechner, Julia Cameron, Annie Dillard, Natalie Goldberg, Stephen King, Toni Morrison, Joyce Carol Oates, and Melanie Rae Thon, and also includes sample sermons from McKenzie.

Author Biography

Alyce M. McKenzie is Professor of Homiletics at Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas. She is the author of a number of books, including The Parables for Today and Preaching Proverbs: Wisdom for the Pulpit.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 1
Cultivating The Imagination
A Knack for Noticing: Advice from Fiction Writers for Preachersp. 11
Noticing What? Characters and Plotp. 27
Noticing How? Habits for Heightened Attentivenessp. 39
Shaping The Sermon
Sermon Shapes: Fiction Writing Strategies for Sermonsp. 47
Recipes from Contemporary Preachersp. 79
Sermon Samplerp. 117
"Getting What's Coming to You": Jacob's Struggle at Peniel (Genesis 32:22-32)p. 117
"Wisdom in Person": Ode to a "Woman of Worth" (Proverbs 31:10-31)p. 123
"Filled with Fear": Exhortation to Trust in God (Proverbs 3:5-7)p. 127
"Silent Disciples, Shouting Stones": Jesus' Procession into Jerusalem (Luke 19:37-40)p. 134
"My Favorite Angel": The Angel's Appearance to the Women at the Tomb (Matthew 28:1-10)p. 137
"Joseph: Father of Our Dreams": The Angel Appears to Joseph (Matthew 1:18-25)p. 141
"Tony, Tony, Turn Around": The Parable of the Lost Coin (Luke 15:8-10)p. 145
"Suppertime at the Gospel Cafe": The Christ Hymn (Philippians 1:1-11)p. 151
Appendixp. 157
Notesp. 161
Indexp. 173
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