Knowing the Context: Frames, Tools, and Signs for Preaching  -     By: James R. Nieman
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Knowing the Context: Frames, Tools, and Signs for Preaching

Fortress Press / 2008 / Paperback

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While everyone might affirm that preaching needs to engage its listeners deeply, the initial move for novice preachers is to think this can be attained by livelier content and delivery of the sermon. All too quickly, however, one learns that there are many factors beyond what a preacher says and how she or he may say it that affect whether proclamation can actually be heard. Effective preaching requires the complex work of knowing the context in which preaching occurs, while avoiding the twin dangers of pandering to a situation's particulars or generalizing them into stereotypes. Knowing the Context reveals how to engage contexts for preaching, especially ways to examine contexts more responsibly, so that the sermon might more amply bring the word of Scripture to bear on the worlds and lives of listeners.

In one of the initial titles in the Elements of Preaching series, James Nieman shows how preaching is oriented to specific locales, cultural situations, audiences, and occasions. Unlike other books that tell preachers how to preach to specific audiences, Knowing the Context helps readers analyze the situations in which they find themselves and shows how text and context are in a continuing dialogue and how to tailor sermons to their context. Keyed to online sermon samples and other Web-based features to enhance teaching.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 96
Vendor: Fortress Press
Publication Date: 2008
Dimensions: 8.5 X 5.5 (inches)
ISBN: 0800662628
ISBN-13: 9780800662622
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Series: Elements of Preaching

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While everyone might affirm that preaching needs to engage its listeners deeply, the initial move for novice preachers is to think this can be attained by livelier content and delivery of the sermon. All too quickly, however, one learns that there are many factors beyond what a preacher says and how she or he may say it that affect whether proclamation can actually be heard. Effective preaching requires the complex work of knowing the context in which preaching occurs, while avoiding the twin dangers of pandering to a situation's particulars or generalizing them into stereotypes. Knowing the Context reveals how to engage contexts for preaching, especially ways to examine contexts more responsibly, so that the sermon might more amply bring the word of Scripture to bear on the worlds and lives of listeners.In one of the initial titles in the Elements of Preaching series, James Nieman shows how preaching is oriented to specific locales, cultural situations, audiences, and occasions. Unlike other books that tell preachers how to preach to specific audiences, Knowing the Context helps readers analyze the situations in which they find themselves and shows how text and context are in a continuing dialogue and how to tailor sermons to their context. Keyed to online sermon samples and other Web-based features to enhance teaching.

Author Bio

James R. Nieman is Professor of Practical Theology and directs the Doctor of Ministry program at Hartford Seminary. He is coauthor of Preaching to Every Pew: Cross-Cultural Strategies and edits the International Journal of Practical Theology.

Series Information

Each of the volumes in the Elements of Preaching series offers brief, open-ended introductions to the basics of preaching from diverse perspectives. Never before have seminary students and pastors had such a solid homiletical tool to help them develop the insights, framework, and skills necessary for powerful, transformative preaching. The series editor is O. Wesley Allen Jr., Professor of Homiletics and Worship at Lexington Theological Seminary.

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