Is it a Sermon?

Spring 2017
TH 1:30pm - 3:20pm
Area IV
MDIV Requirements: 
Permission Not Required
Limited Enrollment
Course Description: 

God’s action in the world is proclaimed in numerous ways:  in music, visual art, literature, testimony, and performance.  When might such forms of expression constitute preaching?  What are the boundaries of the sermon genre? How might preachers and other proclaimers learn from one another?  The aim of this course is to explore the limits of the sermon genre and use the insights gained to enhance the preaching task.  Together, we will trouble the neat lines that separate preaching from witnessing to the faith in other ways. We will regularly examine the relationship between proclamation and identity, at times relying heavily on African American traditions of proclamation and resistance.  Ultimately the course seeks to foster vibrant preaching and intellectual curiosity.  

Background Expected: 

Students should have completed either introduction to Old Testament or introduction to New Testament. 

Course Requirements: 

This course requires careful attention to readings, examination of specified artistic pieces, engagement in class discussions, and completion of assignments.   

Basis of Evaluation: 

Weights for the various assignments are as follows:

A.      Meditation (20%)

B.      Testimony (20%)

C.      Thematic Sermon (20%)

D.     Alternative Sermon (20%)

E.      Completion of discussion stimuli, sermon self-evaluations, and contribution to learning atmosphere (20%)