Most preaching courses work from text and theology to the sermon. This course operates in exactly the opposite way. We will take sermons that have actually been preached and work backward to the various component parts that make up them up. Homiletics, as a sub-discipline of Practical Theology, is disciplined theological reflection on the proclamation of the gospel with a view to the next instance of preaching being more meaningfully informed by disciplined reflection. In this course we will examine diverse array of sermons and, in seminar style, develop and apply criteria by which to evaluate them theologically, biblically, aesthetically and rhetorically.
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