Rev. Dr. Marvin A. McMickle (Antioch Baptist, Cleveland, OH -NBC) guides the reader through textual analysis, context and exegesis to discover the core message or "claim". Each message needs to address its hearers on three levels; head, heart, and hand. A 3-step process helps to do this; What?, So What?, and, What Now?. Book is keyed to online sermon samples, illustrations and art at elementsofpreaching.com.
Shaping the Claim helps the preacher discover the core of the message to be preached - the sermonic "claim."In order to be effective, says McMickle, a sermon needs to address the hearers at three distinct levels; the head or the intellect, the heart or passion and conviction, and the hand or an expected and desired response. In order to discover the biblical "claim" that a sermon should make upon a particular congregation at a particular time, McMickle presents a helpful three-step process: (1) What? (2) So What? and (3) Now What?The book is keyed to online sermon samples and other Web-based features such as sermon illustrations and art.
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.