TEXT-GUIDED PREACHING

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The Goal of the Study

The goal of this study is to explore a new style of preaching that may contribute to a positive shift in the practice of preaching in the Korean church. Traditionally, Korean preachers have favored a single style of preaching—namely, topical preaching—and a single form of sermon—namely, a deductive, three-point form. In the past decade, however, there have been discussions among some Korean homileticians on the necessity of transforming Korean preaching. The search for new directions in Korean preaching constitutes the context of this study.

Theological-Theoretical Framework of the Study

This study of preaching uses a theoretical framework that is based on the practical theologian Johannes van der Ven’s conception of practical theology as an empirical-theological research. Traditionally, the task of practical theology has been viewed as applying the results of historical and systematic theology. Being critical of this traditional position, J. A. van der Ven has developed an empirically oriented conception of practical theology.

The Theological Problem

The main problem with Korean preaching is that it is dominantly topical and deductive. Most Korean preachers carry out the task of sermon preparation in three steps. First, they choose a topic for the sermon. Second, they select a biblical text and search for a timeless truth or idea. Third, they explicate the biblical truth or idea in a deductive manner.

Historical Sketch of Korean Preaching

One style of preaching has served the Korean church through the various stages of its development and experience. The early American missionaries, who had played the greatest role in starting and nurturing the Korean Protestant community, preached topical, deductive sermons to convert the Korean people to become the people of God.

ABSTRACT
1. INTRODUCTION
1.1 The Goal of the Study
1.2 Theological-Theoretical Framework of the Study
1.3 The Theological Problem
1.4 Theological-Inductive Investigation
1.5 Empirical Research Design
2. KOREAN PREACHING
2.1 Introduction
2.2 A Historical Sketch of Korean Preaching
2.2.1 Early Missionaries and Preaching
2.2.2 Young Church and Preaching
2.2.3 Growing Church and Preaching
2.2.4 Korean American Church
2.3 Homiletical Evaluation of Korean Preaching
2.3.1 Purpose
2.3.2 Content
2.3.3 Form
3. NEW HOMILETICAL THEORIES
3.1 Introduction
3.2 Traditional Homiletical Theory
3.3 The Emergence of New Homiletical Theories
3.3.1 Hermeneutical Changes
3.3.2 Theological Changes
3.3.3 Cultural Shifts
3.4 Characteristics of New Homiletical Theories
3.4.1 Form
3.4.2 Content
3.4.3 Purpose
3.5 Variety of Preaching Styles
3.5.1 Inductive Preaching
3.5.2 Story Preaching
3.5.3 Narrative Preaching
3.5.4 Phenomenological Preaching
3.5.5 Conversational Preaching
3.6 Hermeneutic Understanding of Preaching
3.6.1 Gadamer: Understanding as Application
3.6.2 Ricoeur: Understanding and Objectivity
3.6.3 Homiletical Reflection
4. TEXT-GUIDED PREACHING
4.1 Introduction
4.2 Language, Interpretation, and Preaching
4.2.1 Modern Developments
4.2.2 New Developments
4.2.3 Speech-Act Theory and Biblical Interpreta
4.2.4 Speech-Act Theory and Homiletics
4.3 The Hermeneutical Process
4.3.1 Understanding the Existential World
4.3.2 Understanding Textual Speech-Acts
4.3.3 Literary-Rhetorical Interpretation and Psal
4.3.4 Style and Language of Poetry
4.4 The Homiletical Process
4.4.1 Regenerating Textual Impact
4.4.2 Four Text-to-Sermon Patterns
4.4.3 From Text to Sermon: An Example
5. EMPIRICAL RESEARCH: CASE STUDY OF RECEPTION
5.1 Introduction
5.2 New Understanding of Practical Theology
5.2.1 Practical-Theological Reasoning
5.2.2 Empirical-Theological Research
5.3 Research Question and Method
5.4 Procedure
5.5 Results
5.5.1 Most Significant Theoretical Element
5.5.2 Most Difficult Theoretical Element
5.5.3 Most Difficult Practical Element
5.5.4 Most Crucial Congregational Concern
5.6 Discussion
5.7 Conclusion
6. CONCLUSION
6.1 Text-Guided Preaching: Summary
6.1.1 Speech-Acts, Interpretation, and Homiletics
6.1.2 Hermeneutical Process
6.1.3 Homiletical Process
6.2 General Reflections
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