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Additional Readings (choose two for assignments):Craddock, Fred B. Preaching. Abingdon Press, 1985.________. As One Without Authority. Chalice Press, 2001.Farra, Harry. The Sermon Doctor: Prescriptions for Successful Preaching. Baker Books, 2001.Galli, Mark and Craig Brian Larson. Preaching that Connects. Zondervan, 1994.Hybels, Bill, Stewart Briscoe, and Haddon Robinson. Mastering Contemporary Preaching. Multnomah, 1990.(Out of print. You can buy it used from Amazon.com for $.01!)Kelly, Benji. Preaching to Connect Truth to Life. Wesleyan Publishing House, 2012.Killinger, John. Fundamentals of Preaching, second edition. Fortress Press, 1996.Kinlaw, Dennis. Preaching in the Spirit. Warner Press, Inc., 2010. (new edition of an earlier publication)Lewis, Ralph L. with Gregg Lewis. Inductive Preaching: Helping People Listen. Crossway Books, 1983.Long, Thomas G. Preaching and the Literary Forms of the Bible. Fortress Press, 1989.Lowry, Eugene L. The Homiletical Plot: The Sermon as Narrative Art Form. Westminster/John Knox, 1980._______. The Sermon: Dancing the Edge of Mystery. Abingdon Press, 1997.Luchetti, Lenny. Preaching Essentials. Wesleyan Publishing House, 2012.Miller, Calvin. The Empowered Communicator: 7 Keys to Unlocking an Audience. Broadman & Holman, 1994.Robinson, Haddon W. Biblical Preaching: The Development and Delivery of Expository Messages. Baker BookHouse, 1980.Webb, Joseph M. Preaching Without Notes. Abingdon Presss, 2001.Assignments Overview: Altogether, you will read two required textbooks and two books of your choice from theadditional readings list. On each of the two required books, you will write a 3-page reflection paper; for the twobooks of your choosing, you will sign a sheet in class verifying that you have read them and then give a 2-minuteoral report in class on one of them, capturing the essence of the book for the benefit of your classmates.Before reading anything, you will write a brief reflection paper on what you already know about preaching. Youwill also preach one 10-minute sermon in class, allowing your classmates and instructor to offer helpful feedback,and you will provide this feedback for the other preachers in the class, on a form provided. This sermon will berecorded for you, and you will submit a self-evaluation. You will also evaluate two electronic media sermons on aform provided and write a final paper after our J-Term week together.2


IN-CLASS SERMON EVALUATIONPreacher__________________________________Text(s)____________________________________Evaluator____________________________________Date________________________________________SCRIPTURE READING: What did you notice about the reading of Scripture?CONTENT: Does the sermon do justice to the text?Has the preacher developed the thoughts in a logical, persuasive way?Has the sermon been developed in practical ways so the hearer knows how to put it to use in daily life?STRUCTURE: What is the simplest, bottom-line message the listeners will carry away from this sermon?Is it so easy to follow, and so inherently logical, that you can pretty well reconstruct it in your mind?LANGUAGE:How does the sermon’s language help the audience see more clearly or feel more deeply about the topic?Does the sermon make good use of illustrative material?Does the illustrative material have variety? (e.g. support, learning devices, interest factors, motive appeals)5


DELIVERY: Does the preacher use effective body language—stance, facial expressions, eye contact, hands?How do you feel about the preacher’s voice and the way it is used?Do you feel that he/she is talking directly to you?Is the preacher credible and likeable in the presentation?What is especially helpful about this person’s delivery?Where might the delivery be improved?SUMMARY EVALUATION: What do you especially like about this sermon?What troubles you about it?Has this sermon made any difference in your thinking or your projected living?(Evaluation form used by permission from Dr. Ellsworth Kalas.)6


MEDIA SERMON EVALUATION(Evaluation form adapted and used by permission from Mark Van Valin.)Thesis – Was the theme of the message clear?Opening – Did the preacher connect with the audience, and quickly gain your interest?Biblical Content – Does the sermon reflect a thorough inductive analysis and accurate handling of the text?Illustrations – Do the illustrations enhance and clarify the message? Did the preacher use at least three of thefive “modes” of illustration? (check all that apply)• Word pictures, stories• Quotes• Visuals (props, symbols, etc.)• Media• “Hands on” participationHow many of the seven “sources” of illustration are used? (check all that apply)• Personal Experience• History• Biography• Nature, science• Experts in the field or topic• Current events• The Arts - fiction, film, lyrics, etc.Organization, Transitions and Flow - Were the preacher’s thoughts easy to follow? What worked well? Whatwas a shortcoming?Closing and Application – Did the preacher end the sermon cleanly, with a compelling final thought or challenge?Did he or she bring the message home?Delivery and Mechanics – voice projection, tone, and pace; (if video:) posture, gestures, eye contact, etc. Howdid the preacher do? Was anything annoying or particularly effective?7


WORKSHEET FOR SELF-EVALUATION OF VIDEO SERMON1. Start the video and listen to your reading of the Scripture with your eyes closed. Pause video.Was the reading natural in cadence, or did it sound rote?Did you hear any odd inflections, verbal emphases or phrasings? Note them.Did you discover any new insights in the hearing of the text? Note them.2. At the end of the Scripture reading, mute the video and watch the first six minutes of your sermon “silentmovies style.” Pause video.Make notes on what you noticed:Mannerisms,gestures,eye contact,stance,body carriage,hands,facial expressions…Was anything distracting? What would you like to improve?Did any of the above change after a few minutes? How?What seemed especially striking, graceful or effective?8


3. At the end of 6 minutes, go back to the beginning of the video and watch the whole sermon with audio andvideo.What did you notice in watching the sermon that you were not aware of when you were preaching?Does anything in the content now strike you as unclear or extraneous?Was there a “God moment” when the people and you all recognized the Spirit speaking? How did you handlethat touch of grace?As a listener, how are you feeling at the end of the sermon, and why?Final observations?9

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