What’s Our Big Idea? Analyzing the Academic Literary Corpus of the Evangelical Homiletics Society

Over its 25-year history, the scholars of the Evangelical
Homiletics Society (EHS) have presented more than 250 papers
at its annual conferences and published more than 200 academic
articles in its journal. As a whole, what has EHS been writing
about, and what has it said? A clear understanding of its past can
enable any organization to move responsibly into its future.
Using Latent Dirichlet allocation (LDA) from the field of data
science, this paper scrutinizes the entire EHS corpus, describes 17
distinct topics within that corpus, and offers informed
suggestions for the society’s future inquiry.