- Paperback: 516 pages
- Publisher: Fortress Press; First Paperback Edition edition (March 1, 1987)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0800620968
- ISBN-13: 978-0800620967
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.2 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #445,597 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Homiletics is an odd discipline. You cannot talk of sermon design without some glimmer of what sermons are made of, and you cannot comprehend the internal parts of a sermon without a grasp of sermon design--a 'Homiletic Circle' of sorts.
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Buttrick's approach to preaching is different than most because he actually took the time to learn how the listener hears and remembers sermons. Thus, his homilitec is geared toward constructing sermons that people will actually remember after they leave worship. He also spends half of the book on the art of interpreting the biblical text with regards to preaching, arguing that different literary forms demand different types of sermons. Thus, narratives should begat narrative sermons, pedagogic passages should begat pedagogic sermons, and parables should begat parabolic sermons.
Only one caveat. Since his approach is based on how people hear, it implies that the art of preaching needs to be continually reformed because how people hear and remember tomorrow will be different than they do today. Put differently, thirty years from now, "Homiletic" will be obsolete. My guess, however, is that if Buttrick is still teaching, he will be teaching an entirely new approach to art of preaching.
The book is long, detailed and encyclopedic. However,the pain you endure while reading and attempting to incorporate the concepts into your sermons will result in pleasure for all those who hear your much improved sermons. I noticed an immediate improvement in my sermons after incorporating the concepts.
My only warning, this book is probably not for the first time preacher. If you have to give a talk for the first time and you need some advice, this is not the book for you. If however, you are someone with a basic understanding of how to put a sermon together, and have traveled the journey from sermon idea to delivery a few times, and want to take your preaching to next level, I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS BOOK.
This is a must have for anyone concerned with the discipline of preaching. While some of the techniques might seem past their "best by used date," I have not found a style more accessible to the discipline of preaching than this one. While Craddock, Lowry, Troeger, and others attempt to "teach" their style of preaching (mainly teaching us how to preach like them - which is difficult unless you are them!), often giving a philosophy without satisfying examples, Buttrick lays the ground work and lets you apply your own sense of creativity and style to the form. He provides the frame, while we still get to paint the picture. The frame is not one size fits all, but a structure which will keep the sermon grounded, focused, and attainable for your listeners (warning: when at its best whole outlines will be recited back to you). Simply put: your congregations will be grateful.
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The book is a little heavy, but very thought provoking.Read more