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TM212.5/ TM112.5 The Word in Worship Preaching

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This module looks looks at the theology and purpose of preaching, its place in worship, its recent history and some contemporary critiques of preaching. It then looks practically at ways of constructing sermons and using language to achieve the goals of preaching.


TM212.5/112.5 The Word in Worship: Preaching

Welcome to the TM212.5/TM112.5 Preaching web page. This page is designed to provide useful resources for those studying or about to study Preaching with WEMTC. If you have found useful resources or have questions you would like ask, please do contribute. As this module is taught at two levels please take note of those sections that apply to your track.

TM212.5 is level two for ordinands and other students with permission to study at level two while TM112.5 is the Certificate level one version of this course. The primary differences are in the module descriptions and the assessment.

What is this Module all about?

This module looks at the theology and purpose of preaching, its place in worship, its recent history and some contemporary critiques of preaching. It then looks practically at ways of constructing sermons and using language to achieve the goals of preaching.

The class is taught at a mixed University Level One and Two. It is recommended that ministerial students have done S2 Introduction to Preaching Saturday workshop or have had some preaching experience as a prerequisite. Certificate students will not be required to preach but there may be an opportunity to do so if desired and class sizes permit. The subject is studied in a broadly academic environment acknowledging the various methods of modern scholarship but with a view to understanding how this greater knowledge can enhance our own faith and preaching/ bible studies.

At level two TM212.5 provides an introduction to the theory of homiletics and a critical introduction to the theology of preaching and different methodologies. For ministerial students it will be followed by the R16 Homiletics residential and preaching teams in the third year.

At level one TM112.5 provides an introduction to the theory of preaching and practical ways of improving the quality of sermons. Ministerial students will be expected to prepare and analyse a sermon but this optional for independant students. Click here for:



Useful resources for TM212.5/TM112.5 Preaching


Books

The following are indicative books for this subject but your tutor will issue you with a class bibliography.: For more detailed bibliographies see our Sample book lists.
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TM212.5/TM112.5 Preaching Web Resources

You may find the following web sites helpful when studying Preaching. Material on the net has no quality control making tutors very wary - and rightly so! Nevertheless there is a growing amount of first class academic work on line particularly coming from Religious Studies Departments of good Universities. Treat with care and you'll find it very useful for assignments.

The Internet is not 100% reliable and documents move, disappear and change their names. If you find a link does not work, try again in an hour, a day, or a week. But do feel free to email us to report a link doesn't work. Don't forget to tell us the name of the link!

Preaching Generally

College of Preachers
The College of Preachers website - lists up coming conferences, links and details of courses in Preaching that can be taken by distance learning. The are worth belonging to for their Journal
Preaching.org by Kenton Anderson
Anderson teaches preaching at ACTS Seminaries Trinity Western University Canada, and is interested in preaching in the contemporary culture. The site includes quality notes on how to preach, why preach and different styles of preaching. There is an evangelical undercurrent but all should find things to ponder if not agree with.

How to Preach Better

The Heresy of Application
Leading preacher Haddon Robinson discusses in Christianity Today the pitfalls preachers face in moving from passage to application.
International Storytelling Centre
A secular web site on the art of storytelling with adults. See e.g. The six stories you need to know how to tell
Post Modern Preaching
Some perceptive insights into preaching in the post modern world. Again evangelical in view but this writer also has considerable experience of Middle Eastern Orthodoxy.

Online Sermon Aids If you are going to use other's sermons then read this article on Using Other's Sermons for ethical guidelines

Church Times Sunday Readings
The Church Times has a weekly reflection on the Sunday Readings. Its available from midday Tuesday in the Faith section of the website.
COIN Preaching Discussion Group
COIN (Christians on the Internet) have a preaching list to which you can subscribe and share thoughts during the week about the lectionary readings.
Preaching Magazine Online
An online magazine based on the paper version Preaching with articles on better preaching and sermon outlines. Some info is free, full access is by subscription.
Preaching Today Sermons
An offshoot of Christianity Today this site contains many thematic sermons. Look out for the big names such as Fred Craddock, Eugene Lowry, John Stott, Will Willimon and Gardner Taylor. You have to pay a nominal sum to see the full script.
United Church of Canada sermon links
The web is full of sermons, unfortunately quality and quantity have no correlation. If you are really desperate this site will launch you into finding sermons for the lectionary year and special events.
Anglicans Online sermon links
Provided by Anglicans online but but it is an eclectic list of links to sermons and preaching advice online.
100+ Links for Preachers
Links Page on Preaching from the American Catholic Magazine Ministry and Liturgy.
ECUSA's sermon links
The Episcopal Church of the USA (Anglican) offers these sermons free - all that is required is an aacknowledgement.

Exploring the Bible Passage

TM102.5 First Testament and TM103.5 New Testament
See our Biblical web resources for more detailed listing of bible related sites.
CCEL Worldwide Study Bible
Gives links to bible versions and commentaries (usually older and copyright free)for each book and chapter of the bible
Gospelcom's Bible Gateway
If you don't have your own bible search software this site lets you search and print for particular search words or verses in a variety of versions - also useful for comparing bible versions
Bible.org's commentaries and articles
Contains a growing set of online commentaries on the OT books by a variety of authors. Fairly conservative but engaging with academic subjects and the major scholars. Look around the home page for other useful articles.
Rutger's Virtual Religion Index
Rutger University's list of Religious links - mostly to academic quality websites.
Hivolda University links
Lots of good links to English material of reasonable quality.
Birmingham's New Testament Gateway
A list of links to good scholarly and academic works on the NT created and maintained by a NT lecturer from Birmingham University
Textweek's Commentaries
A labour of love by Jenee Woodard. Textweek is designed to provide resources related to the Common Lectionary readings.

The Common Lectionary

American Common Lectionary
Revised Common Lectionary in the American version with readings from NRSV from the Vanderbilt Divinity Library
Textweek's Commentaries
A labour of love by Jenee Woodard. Textweek is designed to provide resources related to the Common Lectionary readings.
Bill Loader's lectionary commentaries
Bill Loader of Murdoch University Australia has written a commentary on the lectionary gospel readings that could be helpful for preaching and some interesting reflective writings that might inspire a meditation or narrative sermon
COIN Preaching Discussion Group
COIN (Christians on the Internet) have a preaching list to which you can subscribe and share thoughts during the week about the lectionary readings.
Worship and Liturgy
See also resources under the Liturgy module for websites more related to worship and services
See the general religion links as a starting point for your own searching

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TM212.5/TM112.5 Preaching at Bristol

This module is taught at Bristol by Elizabeth Harper
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TM212.5/TM112.5 Preaching at Cheltenham

This module is taught at Cheltenham by Elizabeth Harper
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Documents for this module online include:


TM212.5/TM112.5 at Ludlow

This module is taught at Ludlow by Paul Dunthorne
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Documents for this module online include:


The Student Spot

This spot is for contributions from those who are doing or have done TM212.5/TM112.5 It needs your contributions - books that have been helpful, questions you would like answered, adverts for things related to the module etc. Content is monitored by the webmaster with reference to the tutors and class reps if necessary. Click here to submit something for the page.

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Module Description for TM112.5


Code and title

TM112.5 The Word in Worship - Preaching

Tutor

Bristol: Elizabeth Harper
Gloucester: Elizabeth Harper
Ludlow: Revd Paul Dunthorne

Brief description

This module looks at the theology and purpose of preaching, its place in worship, its recent history and some contemporary critiques of preaching. It then looks practically at ways of constructing sermons and using language to achieve the goals of preaching.

Level and Credits

Level I       7.5 credits

Status

Core for most Certificate Tracks

Type

Standard

Prerequisites

Nil

Recommended prior study*

S2 Introduction to Preaching

Restrictions*

Nil

Content summary

This course will cover:

Learning outcomes

By the end of this half-module students should:
  1. Knowledge and Understanding
  2. Skills

Teaching and learning

60 hours
       10 hours class contact
       50 hours personal study (reading, assignments, class preparation)

Assessment

A 10 minute sermon with explanation of the form, structure and rhetoric and theological justification of the style, plus feedback and reflection on its delivery (ministerial students)
-or-
One assignment of 2000 words or equivalent (non-ministerial students)

Indicative resources


Module Description for TM212.5


Code and title

TM212.5 The Word in Worship: Preaching

Tutor

Bristol: Elizabeth Harper
Gloucester: Elizabeth Harper
Ludlow: Revd Paul Dunthorne

Brief description

This module looks at the theology and purpose of preaching, its place in worship, its recent history and some contemporary critiques of preaching. It then looks practically at ways of constructing sermons and using language to achieve the goals of preaching.

Level and Credits

Level II       7.5 credits

Status

Core for Diploma

Type

Standard

Prerequisites

Nil

Recommended prior study*

S2 Introduction to Preaching

Restrictions*

Nil

Content summary

This course will cover:

Learning outcomes

By the end of this half-module students should:
  1. Knowledge and Understanding
  2. Skills

Teaching and learning

60 hours
       10 hours class contact
       50 hours personal study (reading, assignments, class preparation)

Assessment

A 10 minute sermon with explanation of the form, structure and rhetoric and theological justification of the style, plus feedback and reflection on its delivery (ministerial students)
-or-
One assignment of 2000 words or equivalent (non-ministerial students)

Indicative resources


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