Journal Index


Issue 1:1 (December 2001) through 17:2 (September 2017)





(NOTES: index includes abstracts where provided by authors; multiple articles by the same author are listed chronologically)


Alcántara, Jared E. and Jeffrey D. Arthurs. “Perpetually Connected?: The Effects and Implications of Ambient Technology on Christian Worshippers.” JEHS 11:1, March 2011.


Alcántara, Jared E. “Church in the Wild: Preaching in an Age of Americanized Secularization.” JEHS 16:1, March 2016.

Abstract: Many pastors see firsthand the pervasiveness of biblical illiteracy in the church. In this paper, I argue that biblical illiteracy is symptomatic of a bigger issue: secularization. I unfold my argument by describing the phenomenon of secularization, discussing its effects in congregations, recommending four strategies for engaging secularization in our preaching, and asking “What resources are available to us in Scripture?”


Allen, David. “Tribute to Haddon Robinson.” JEHS 11:2, September 2011.


Allen, David L. “Text-Driven Preaching: Why and What?”  JEHS 17:1, March 2017.

Abstract: Text-driven preaching is based on a theology of the nature of Biblical revelation: Scripture is inspired, inerrant, and sufficient for the life of the church. The most important thing preachers can do is preach the Bible and the best way to do that in a local church context is through text-driven sermons. Text-driven preaching seeks to account for all the types of meaning that occur in every text and context: referential, situational, structural, and semantic. Preaching should stay true to the substance, the structure, and the spirit of the text. An analysis of the structure of 1 John 2:15-17 is offered as a practical example of text-driven preaching outline structure.


Anderson, Kenton C. “Preaching Stinks,” sermon on 2 Corinthians 2:14-17.  JEHS 4:2, September 2004.


Anderson, Kenton C. “Homiletical Insights Gleaned from the ACTS ‘Preaching Pastor Survey.’” JEHS 8:2, September 2008.

Abstract: Every November the national and regional leadership of the six denominations affiliated with the Associated Canadian Theological Schools (ACTS Seminaries) come together to meet with the faculty and discuss some issue of current importance. In the fall of 2007, the subject was preaching. A comprehensive survey of 135 preaching pastors was undertaken. These are some of the implications that were discerned.


Anderson, Kenton C. “Three Significant Challenges for Homiletics Today.” JEHS 10:1, March 2010.


Anderson, Kenton C. “The Homiletical School Bus.” JEHS 10:2, September 2010.


Anderson, Kenton C. “Celebrating the Influence of Haddon W. Robinson.” JEHS 11:2, September 2011.


Anderson, Kenton C. “Homiletics Forum: The Future of Evangelical Homiletics,”  part of “Homiletics Forum: The Future of Evangelical Homiletics.”  JEHS 14:2, September 2014.


Anderson, Leith. “Theology of Culture and Context of Community,” part 1 of plenary lecture. JEHS 10:1, March 2010.


Anderson, Leith. “Promoting Community Through Preaching,” part 2 of plenary lecture at 2009 EHS conference. JEHS 10:1, March 2010.


Anderson, Victor.  “Improving Spiritual Formation in Expository Preaching by Using Cognitive Moral Development Theory,” JEHS 1:1, December 2001.

Abstract: In light of the realization that preaching has failed to be optimally effective in inducing Christian spiritual formation, this paper suggests how homileticians seeking to increase the transformative effectiveness of their expository sermons may utilize selected components of Lawrence Kohlberg’s theory of Cognitive Moral Development (CMD). After briefly orienting readers to Kohlberg’s construct, the paper seeks to show how CMD theory may be utilized effectively in three areas: (1) clarifying transformation as the goal of expository preaching; (2) improving audience analysis; and (3) designing sermons to induce transitions to higher stages of moral reasoning.


Anderson, Victor D. “Learning from African Preachers: Preaching as Worship Experience.” JEHS 10:2, September 2010.

The goal of this paper is to challenge Western Evangelicals to foreground worship in their conception of preaching. The central argument begins with the contention that we unintentionally elevate the teaching and learning elements of preaching and devalue worship. This contention comes into focus as we contrast our own conceptions of preaching with those of others from different cultures, particularly evangelicals from Africa. The paper draws heavily on firsthand doctoral research from rural Ethiopia where preaching is conceived of primarily as a worship experience in which the preacher seeks to produce for the audience a direct encounter with God’s presence. The essay concludes by proposing several suggestions that help homileticians re-position worship as a central feature of the preaching task.


Anderson, Victor D. “Nuts and Bolts of Culture-Sensitive Sermons.” JEHS 13:1, March 2013.

Abstract: Every preaching event is affected by the interplay of three distinct cultures: the culture of the preacher, diverse multiple cultures of the listeners, and the culture of the specific local church. Preachers seeking to be audience-focused must engage all three strata of culture and consciously adapt multiple elements of their sermons. These adaptations range from cultural accommodation to cultural confrontation. In this paper, the author draws from the fields of missiology, cultural anthropology, and socio-linguistics as well as from his extensive experience preaching at an international church attended by people from over 40 countries. The paper focuses on five specific areas of sermons where sensitivity to multiple cultures could impact sermon design and delivery.


Anderson, Victor D. “Preserving the Blessing of God’s Powerful Presence,” sermon on 1 Samuel 4:1-22.  JEHS 16:1, March 2016.


Arthurs, Jeffrey D. “The Place of Pathos in Preaching,” JEHS 1:1, December 2001.

Abstract: Preaching that addresses the emotions along with the mind is more effective than preaching which speaks only to the mind. This truth seems self-evident, yet pathos receives little attention in homiletics texts. This paper explores why pathos is vital in preaching and suggests ways to upgrade our use of pathos.


Arthurs, Jeffrey D. “Survey of Honoraria Of the Members of the Evangelical Homiletical Society,” JEHS 2:2, December 2002.


Arthurs, Jeffrey. “Tribute to Keith Willhite: Friend, Partner, and Mentor.” JEHS 3:1, June 2003.


Arthurs, Jeffrey D.  “Short Sentences Long Remembered: Preaching Genre-Sensitive Sermons from Proverbs.”  JEHS 5:1, March 2005.


Arthurs, Jeffrey D. “Robert Schuller’s Use of Scripture.” JEHS 10:1, March 2010.

Abstract: Robert Schuller interprets the Bible as a manual for the improvement of self-esteem. This essay demonstrates how Schuller’s use of Scripture arises from his anthropocentric approach to theology, illustrates his use of Scripture, and offers an appraisal. Schuller’s use of Scripture fails for two reasons: He undermines his argument for selfless living by using self-centered appeals; and he is selective which texts he quotes, ignoring those that contradict his theology of self-esteem.


Arthurs, Jeffrey D. and Jared E. Alcántara. “Perpetually Connected?: The Effects and Implications of Ambient Technology on Christian Worshippers.” JEHS 11:1, March 2011.


Arthurs, Jeffery. “True Preaching is Biblical Preaching: A Tribute to Haddon Robinson.” JEHS 11:2, September 2011 (reprinted 17:2, September 2017).


Arthurs, Jeffery. “The Lord’s Remembrancers.”  JEHS 14:1, March 2014.

A purpose of preaching which is emphasized in the Bible may be missing or minimized in standard evangelical homiletics texts: reminding. This paper develops a biblical theology of memory, then explores how that theology is practiced in the preaching of Moses in Deuteronomy, the prophets, and the epistles. I conclude that the reminding-function is legitimate and needed when preaching to believers. The paper concludes with some suggestions on how reminding can be done without monotony.


Arthurs, Jeffrey D. and Randal E. Pelton. “The Rewards and Challenges of Teaching Robinson’s Big Idea Method.” JEHS 17:1, March 2017.

Abstract: The Big Idea (BI) method of biblical preaching yields many hermeneutical and homiletical benefits. They include the overarching attempt to proclaim authorial intention; unified communication which increases attention, comprehension, and retention in the listeners; and help for the preacher in remembering the flow of thought of the sermon. However, professors who teach the method encounter challenges. First, there is the challenge of teaching students where to start searching for the subject. This requires proficiency in exegesis, something that cannot be assumed of each student. Second, students’ ability to grasp the method depends on the ability to think abstractly. Not all people are skilled at that. Third, is the perennial question of how the little ideas of the passage relate to the BI and how to handle those little ideas in the sermon. Finally, there is the challenge of teaching students how the BI contributes to the development of the sermon. This paper will highlight and expand upon the benefits and challenges of teaching the BI method and also suggest ways to meet those challenges.


Bailey, Mark. “Keith Willhite Memorial: A Tribute Delivered at the Funeral, Saturday 19 April, 2003.”  JEHS 3:1, June 2003.


Barker, Joel, and Lee Beach. “Springing the Trap: The Rhetoric of Amos as a Strategy for Preaching Justice and Judgment.” JEHS 12:2, September 2012.


Barlow, Jerry N. “Haddon W. Robinson: A Personal Tribute to Character, Contributions, and Christian Influence.” JEHS 11:2, September 2011.


Barton, Casey C. “Building a Bridge or Widening the Divide? A Critique of the “Two-World” Paradigm in Mark Ellingsen and Charles Campbell.”  JEHS 5:2, September 2005.


Barton, Casey C. “Preaching in a Media-Narrated World: The “Christ-Figure” in Popular Film and Suggested Implications for Homiletics.” JEHS 7:2, September 2007.


Batten, Patricia N. “Tinker Toys and Haddon Robinson.” JEHS 11:2, September 2011.


Beach, Lee, and Joel Barker. “Springing the Trap: The Rhetoric of Amos as a Strategy for Preaching Justice and Judgment.” JEHS 12:2, September 2012.


Bender, Kelly L. “What Is The New Homiletic?” JEHS 5:2, September 2005.


Boreham, F.W. “The Lost Chronicles of Suf-Abbas.” JEHS 9:2, September 2009.


Borst, Troy M. “Homiletical Textbook Study: What are Seminaries Across Traditions Using to Teach the Next Generation of Preachers?” JEHS 15:2, September 2015.

Abstract: Christendom is fractured among historical traditions (Catholic, Orthodox, and Protestant) and further divided among Protestant denominations. Preaching is a common practice among all Christian traditions and denominations. What are the major homiletical textbooks in use in seminaries across Christian traditions and denominations in the United States? What are the top textbooks for the homiletical student?


Buzzell, Sid. “Preaching’s Bigger Idea.” JEHS 11:2, September 2011.


Campbell, Jeffrey C. “Expository Preaching: A Cohesive Definition.” JEHS 16:2, September 2016.


Cash, Brandon. “Toward a Lifetime of Fruitful Preaching: Equipping Preachers to Engage Regularly the Biblical Languages.” JEHS 7:2, September 2007.

Abstract: Master of Divinity (hereafter MDiv) course requirements at evangelical seminaries (as opposed to course requirements at non-evangelical seminaries) reveal that evangelical pastors are trained to use the biblical languages. There is the recognition and commitment, and even eagerness on the part of students, to be trained in the use of the biblical languages so that they can handle the Word of God with accuracy and depth. But often when confronted with the demands of pastoral ministry, pastors neglect the use of their biblical languages. This paper will explore how homiletics departments can strategically prepare students for a lifetime practice of engaging the biblical languages so that the preacher is able to handle the Word of God with ever increasing accuracy, depth, humility and confidence.


Chapell, Bryan. “To Make God Come Down,” sermon on Luke 17:1-17, JEHS 1:1 December 2001.


Chapell, Bryan. “Preaching His Story: Narrative Paths, Problems and Promise,” plenary address at 2005 EHS conference. JEHS 6:1, March 2006.


Chapell, Bryan. “The Story of the Gospel Applied to Exposition,” plenary address at 2005 EHS conference. JEHS 6:1, March 2006.


Chapell, Bryan. “Haddon Robinson: A Teacher of Preachers.” JEHS 11:2, September 2011.


Choi, Woosung Calvin. “What Can We Learn from the Past: Has Preaching Contributed to Individualism in the Church?” JEHS 12:1, March 2012.

Abstract: Although the Christian church is communal by nature, Christians today are becoming more individualistic, and less community oriented. Many attribute this to the rise of individualism in modern thinking and life and the changes of lifestyle in the modern society. Without denying the significance of social change and cultural influence on the ecclesial community, this paper examines the recent history of preaching and considers how preaching may have potentially contributed to this drift. Two practical suggestions are also offered as to how preachers can mobilize their congregations to move beyond their individual mindset.


Compere, Robert L. III. “Revisions of John A. Broadus’s Classic Work, A Treatise on the Preparation and Delivery of Sermons, Miss the Mark: Definitions for Preaching and Eloquence.”  JEHS 16:1, March 2016.

Abstract: Jesse B. Weatherspoon’s and Vernon L. Stanfield’s editions of John A. Broadus’s work, A Treaty on the Preparation and Delivery of Sermons, do not fully represent Broadus’s views of the definition of preaching and eloquence. Two key components of Broadus’s definition of preaching are persuasion and biblical exposition; both Weatherspoon and Stanfield inadequately amend Broadus’s definition. Furthermore, neither satisfactorily discusses eloquence; in fact, Weatherspoon deleted a significant portion of Broadus’s discussion and Stanfield omitted the section entirely.


Conwell, Russell H. “’Go Forward’—A Rally Day Sermon,” sermon on Exodus 14:15. JEHS 12:1, March 2012.


Currie, David A. and Susan P. Currie.  “Preaching As Lectio Divina: An Evangelical and Expository Approach.”  JEHS 4:1, March 2004.

Abstract: Drawing from the perspectives of both a preacher and a spiritual director, this paper will argue that preaching should model multiple ways for people to hear God speak through Scripture, tapping the collective wisdom of the whole church, particularly the contemplative tradition. The authors will suggest three primary ways of incorporating lectio divina into expository preaching. Prospectively, as a means of allowing God to speak to the preacher more intuitively before employing the classic historical/grammatical interpretive method of sermon preparation, which can then test and reshape the intuitive insights for preaching. Introspectively, as a means of developing occasional first-person sermons that model a Loyolan approach to lectio divina, in which the imagination places one in a narrative and explores how a Biblical character experienced God at work, and retrospectively, as a means of applying exegetical insights from the sermon through post sermon reflection questions facilitating an ongoing listening/response to God.


Downie, Jonathan. “Towards a Homiletic of Sermon Interpreting.”  JEHS 14:2, September 2014.

Abstract: While interpreting sermons into other languages has long formed a vital part of Church practice, it has only recently been the subject of academic research and remains on the periphery of homiletical debate. This paper argues for homiletics to pay greater attention to sermon interpreting, not only in the interests of better informed practice, but also because of the vital role of sermon interpreting in multicultural preaching.


Duduit, Michael. “Preaching and Publishing: Reflecting on Two Decades,” part of “Forum on Preaching and Publishing.” JEHS 7:2, September 2007.


Duduit, Michael. “A Life Built on the Word: A Celebration of Haddon Robinson.” JEHS 11:2, September 2011.


Edwards, J. Kent. “Stories are for Adults: Equipping Preachers to Communicate Biblical Narratives to Adult Audiences.” JEHS 7:1, March 2007 (reprinted 15:2, September 2015).

Abstract: The use of narrative passages of scripture need not be limited to “Bible stories for children.” This paper will argue that the unique learning characteristics of adult learners contained in D.A. Kolb’s “experiential learning cycle,” make biblical narratives especially valuable for preaching to adult audiences. This paper also suggests that students trained to employ this writer’s “Story Shaping” homiletical methodology, will be equipped to proclaim effectively the stories of scripture to adults.


Edwards, J. Kent. “Deep Preaching: Creating Significant Sermons within Community.” JEHS 10:1, March 2010.

Abstract: This paper presents a methodology for creating exegetically sound and spiritually significant sermons. It asserts that in order to preach “deep” sermons, preachers must go beyond exegetical data. Deep preachers will encourage the involvement of the Holy Spirit during the sermon preparation process by leveraging the classic spiritual disciplines of meditation, prayer and fasting. The paper will provide concrete suggestions regarding how and when preachers should employ these classic spiritual disciplines and how this can be enhanced within community.


Edwards, J. Kent. “A Personal Tribute to Haddon W. Robinson.” JEHS 11:2, September 2011.


Engle, Paul E. “Is It Worth Writing? A Publisher’s Perspective,” part of “Forum on Preaching and Publishing.” JEHS 7:2, September 2007.


Espinoza, Benjamin D. “‘Let Them Come, Forbid Them Not’: Exploring Child-Conscious Preaching.” JEHS 15:2, September 2015.

Abstract: Every Sunday across the world, many pastors preach to an audience that includes children. This article develops the notion of “child-conscious preaching,” which seeks to take the unique developmental and spiritual needs of children into account when crafting a sermon. The article first explores the child-consciousness of the Bible, demonstrating that children play a vital role in God’s redemptive plan and deserve nurture and nourishment in the Christian community. The article will then explore the various characteristics of child-conscious preaching, and provide a critically reflective approach to child-conscious preaching that enables preachers to ensure that their sermon will be child-friendly and child-nurturing.


Fuller, Chuck. “Preaching as Democratic Dialogue: Revelation, Hermeneutics and Anthropology in the Homiletic of Fred B. Craddock.” JEHS 9:2, September 2009.


Gibson, Scott M. “A Tribute: Keith Willhite.” JEHS 3:1, June 2003.


Gibson, Scott M.  “Defining the New Homiletic.”  JEHS 5:2, September 2005.


Gibson, Scott M.  “Found: The Keys to Expository Preaching.”  JEHS 11:2, September 2011.

Abstract: The article is Scott M. Gibson’s convocation address delivered at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, South Hamilton, MA, upon his induction as the Haddon W. Robinson Professor of Preaching and Ministry in October 2004. Minor editing updates have been added.


Gibson, Scott M. “Haddon Robinson’s Legacy.”  JEHS 17:2, September 2017.


Giese, David.  “Trusting God When Your Boat is Sinking,” sermon on Mark 4:35-41.  JEHS 16:2, September 2016.


Gordon, Vic. “Preaching and Pastoring,” part of forum on “Preaching and Pastoral Ministry.” JEHS 8:2, September 2008.


Grounds, Vernon. “Some Reflections on Pulpit Rhetoric.” JEHS 1:1 December 2001.


Green, Daniel D. “Robert Alter and the Apostle Luke: Finding the Big Idea of Lucan Narratives by Examining Direct Discourse.”  JEHS 14:1, March 2014.

Abstract: Robert Alter’s ground-breaking work, The Art of Biblical Narrative, has provided the church and synagogue with new eyes for reading narrative literature. Says J.R. Cameron, “He takes the texts of the Jewish bible and subjects them to the kind of critical analysis one might apply to Shakespeare or Faust.”1 While Alter’s work concentrates on the Hebrew text, the principles proposed in his work may be applied to New Testament narrative as well. This article will seek to demonstrate the usefulness of studying direct discourse, that is, first-person speech, as it applies to finding the Big Idea of selected Lucan narratives. This will be done within the context of broader exegesis of these texts. The author has been applying, for several years, the material which will be presented, in helping Moody Seminary students preach through the narrative portions of Luke. 


Gregory, Daniel.  “The Pentathlon Preaching Principle: A Proposed Method for Bridging the Gap Between Text and Sermon.”  JEHS 17:2, September 2017.

Abstract: This article considers the difficulty inherent in sermon preparation as a preacher seeks to create a similar illocution in the oral sermon as is found in the biblical text. This difficulty is identified as illocutionary distance. The problem of illocutionary distance, it is proposed, may be solved by achieving generic equilibrium between the inscripturated literary act and the speech genre adopted for the sermon. The author proposes a conceptual matrix, the pentathlon preaching principle, which suggests steps a preacher might take in order to attain generic equilibrium between text and sermon.


Gregory, Joel C. “The Future of Evangelical Homiletics,” part of “Homiletics Forum: The Future of Evangelical Homiletics.”  JEHS 14:2, September 2014.



Hall, Kenley D. “The Great Awakening—Calvinism, Arminianism and Revivalistic Preaching: Homiletical Lessons for Today.” JEHS 12:2, September 2012.


Hartley, Brian T. “Worship and Preaching in a Technological Society: A History of the Word through an “Ongian” Lens.” JEHS 5:1, March 2005.

Abstract:  Using a model articulated by Walter Ong, this essay suggests that technology has shaped worship and preaching through three stages of history—oral, typographic, and, now, an electronic culture. Each perceives “the word” differently, and reminds us, in the words of Marshall McLuhan, that “the medium is the message.”


Heacock, Clint. “Rhetorical Influences Upon the Preaching of Jonathan Edwards.” JEHS 12:2, September 2012.


Hollifield, Gregory K. “Preaching Matters: The Matters That Matter .” JEHS 8:2, September 2008.

Abstract: Select Pauline texts written during a premodern era populated with skeptics, cynics, and sophists indicated that preaching mattered as to its message, medium, and methods. These same texts speak to the importance and place of preaching in our postmodern era characterized by growing skepticism, cynicism, and sophism. A survey of these texts, mindsets, and the state of preaching in twenty-first century America should serve to clarify what about preaching still matters and to whom.


Hollifield, Gregory K. “Danger Ahead: Preaching the Warning Passages of Hebrews, or When Your Text’s Plain Meaning Calls Your Personal Theology Into Question.” JEHS 15:2, September 2015.


Hollifield, Gregory K. “Preaching to Fear: A Biblical and Practical Reconsideration of Fear, Fear of God, and the Rhetoric of Fear in Preaching.” JEHS 17:1, March 2017.

Abstract: “This is the season of fear—for experiencing it, exploiting it and pooh-poohing it.” So wrote Jeff Greenfield for Politico Magazine, describing the state of America and its political climate in the fall of 2015. His assessment applies just as well when describing what we find in today’s church. Fear is common to the experience of those who occupy her pews, has been exploited historically by those who stand in her pulpits, and is now roundly pooh-poohed by a growing chorus of theologians and preachers as an inappropriate response to God. Whether “fear is the source of religion” or not, it’s undeniably common enough to human and religious experience alike that it deserves serious consideration. What does the Bible say about fear? Does it clearly distinguish, as commonly believed, fear of God from other forms of fear? Should fear be used as a persuasive tool today when so many hearers are already deeply afraid? If so, how? The following addresses each of these questions in turn as part of a reconsideration of fear and its place in contemporary preaching.


Hollinger, Dennis. “Preaching to the Head, Heart and Hands: A Holistic Paradigm for Proclaiming and Hearing the Word.” JEHS 7:1, March 2007.


Hollinger, Dennis. “The World in Which We Preach: The Shifting Context of Homiletics.” JEHS 7:1, March 2007.


Hosack, Robert N. “Preaching for Publication: On Dressing for Success,” part of “Forum on Preaching and Publishing.” JEHS 7:2, September 2007.


Izguirre, Jose G. III.  “Preaching to a ‘Culture Within a Culture’: Shaping Rhetorical Strategies Targeting Generations of Mexican-Americans in the United States.” JEHS 13:2, September 2013.

Abstract: Traditional understandings of assimilation render latter generations (3rd generation and following) of immigrant groups almost completely liberated from the cultural praxis of their country of origin. As a result, these persons are generally regarded as “Americanized.” However, among Mexican American immigrants, contemporary research suggests that assimilation no longer completely severs ties between latter generations and their mother country. Rather, complete assimilation is delayed, producing individuals with hybrid or “hyphenated” cultural identities. While appropriating “American” ideals and practices, assimilated Mexican Americans often maintain distinctly Mexican values and traditions. Consequently, the liminal identity of latter generations produces a unique preaching audience with its own communicational needs. The following paper proposes multicultural preaching as multi-generational preaching in that preaching to latter generations of Mexican Americans still requires a multicultural approach. When shaping their rhetorical preaching strategies, contemporary preachers should consider the cultural liminality of these latter generations of Mexican Americans.


Kaiser, Walter C., Jr. “The Modern Aversion from Authorial Intentionality and from ‘Making Points’ in a Sermon.” JEHS 4:2, September 2004 (reprinted 13:2, September 2013).

Abstract: The meaning of the text is obscured when preachers do not take into consideration the meaning the author intended. This article explores the homiletical implications of experience over authorial intent.


Kaiser, Walter C., Jr. “Preaching and Teaching from the Song of Solomon: ‘God’s Gift of Romantic Love,’ Song of Solomon 1:1-2:18.”  JEHS 14:1, March 2014.


Keller, Dale.  “If the Medium is the Message: How is the Preacher to Preach the Sermon?” JEHS 5:1, March 2005.

Abstract: Oftentimes in homiletic endeavors, techniques of the message construction and delivery take precedence. While not denying that importance, this paper considers another aspect by probing the relationship of preacher to God. The author contends the God-human relationship must take precedence.


Kim, Duck Hyun. “Reframing the Hermeneutical Question as Part of Its Homiletical Responsibility: Making Extensive Use of the Speech Act Theory.” JEHS 16:1, March 2016.

Abstract: This article proposes an alternative hermeneutical approach that uses speech act theory as on exegetical method. It is shown that the preacher does not merely aim to reflect the same ideas or the same form as the biblical text, but also aims at being faithful to the same purpose of God’s words in the text and at eliciting the same response, seeking the totality of God’s speech act in Scripture.


Kim, Matthew D. “A Bi-Cultural Homiletic: Korean American Preaching in Transition.” JEHS 6:2, September 2006.


Kim, Matthew D. “Three Homiletical Challenges for the 21st Century,” part of forum, “The Challenges to Preaching Today.” JEHS 9:2, September 2009.


Kim, Matthew D. “A Blind Spot in Homiletics: Preaching that Exegetes Ethnicity.” JEHS 11:1 March 2011.

Abstract: The composition of many churches today is changing from monoracial/monoethnic congregations to increasingly multiracial/ multiethnic ones. In light of this shifting church culture, this article directs our attention to a common blind spot in congregational exegesis (i.e., ethnicity) that, if integrated, may begin to increase preachers’ reach to engage nonmajority listeners who often remain invisible in the homiletical enterprise.


Kim, Matthew D. “Beauty and Simplicity in the Big Idea: An Essay in Honor of Haddon W. Robinson.” JEHS 11:2, September 2011.


Kim, Matthew D. “No Other Gospel,” sermon on Galatians 1:6-10. JEHS 13:1, March 2013.


Kim, Matthew D. “Preaching with Fidelity, Purity, and Sensitivity: The Future of Evangelical Homiletics,” part of “Homiletics Forum: The Future of Evangelical Homiletics.”  JEHS 14:2, September 2014.


Koessler, John. “The Gift of Truth: An Appreciation of Haddon Robinson.” JEHS 11:2, September 2011.


Kuruvilla, Abraham. “Preaching as Translation via Theology.” JEHS 9:1, March 2009.

Abstract: The homiletical understanding is strikingly parallel to the transaction of translation. Both endeavors seek to render a text into a valid product—a new linguistic text in one, sermonic application in the other—that, while demonstrating relevance for a fresh setting, maintains authority of the source text. It will be proposed that the key hermeneutical entity governing the validity of application in the homiletical translation from text to praxis is the theology of the pericope being considered. This entity, pericopal theology, will be defined and its significant role in preaching delineated.


Kuruvilla, Abraham. “Application as Improvisation.” JEHS 9:2, September 2009.

Abstract: Christian ethics is an exercise in applying biblical texts, an activity that is at the core of preaching. This paper proposes that application of Scripture is akin to improvisation, both musical and dramatic: an endeavor characterized by fidelity (sustaining theological identity with, and bearing the authority of, the pericope it is derived from), and by novelty (respecting the specific situation of, and thus being relevant to, a particular audience). It is by the faithful offering of such “improvised” applications, integrally related both to the text and to the circumstances of listeners, that the homiletician enables the people of God to meet the ethical demands of God.


Kuruvilla, Abraham. “The Next Thirty-four Years? The Making of the Future,” part of “Homiletics Forum: The Future of Evangelical Homiletics.”  JEHS 14:2, September 2014.


Kuruvilla, Abraham. “Re-visioning Homiletics: Issues,” plenary address at EHS 2014 conference. JEHS 15:1, March 2015.


Kuruvilla, Abraham. “Re-visioning Homiletics: Implications,” plenary address at EHS 2014 conference. JEHS 15:1, March 2015.


Lane, Adrian. “Training for the Sound of the Sermon: Orality and the use of an Oral Text in Oral Format.” JEHS 6:2, September 2006.


Lane, Adrian. “Training the Trainers of Tomorrow’s Preachers: Towards a Transferable Homiletical Pedagogy.” JEHS 9:2, September 2009

Abstract: This paper urges preachers to train others, multiplicatively. A training framework based on the homiletical quadrilateral of Word, preacher, sermon and congregation is provided. Requisite competencies are then identified for trainers, whether serving in seminary, congregational or parachurch contexts. These competencies include skills in self-understanding, gift recognition, character formation, theological reflection and the development of creativity, as well as technical skills for the production of the sermon. The paper argues for named intentionality in the training process so that students are likewise equipped to train others.


Lane, Adrian. “The God Who Illustrates: Developing Illustrative Homiletical Practice.” JEHS 13:1, March 2013.

Abstract: God communicates through illustration. This paper, designed for preachers and preachers-in-training, seeks to explore the nature of that illustration and the implications for homiletics. It argues that illustration is far more than a means of supporting argument or concept, but is a means of inherently communicating truth through imagery and story. Rather than being reductionist, good illustration amplifies meaning through multivalence, as in typology. Principles and tools for developing illustrative homiletical practice consonant with the Scriptures are then explored, including the use of reversal and escalation.


Langley, Ken. “Bringing Good Tidings to Zion,” sermon on Isaiah 40:9. JEHS 6:1, March 2006.


Langley, Ken. “Rehabilitating and Reclaiming the ‘Herald’ Image for Preaching.” JEHS 8:1, March 2008.

Abstract: The image of preacher as “herald” should be rehabilitated and reclaimed because it says something vital about what the secular west needs to hear and how it needs to hear it. This paper (1) reviews why, though kerux is rare in Scripture, biblical vocabulary and theology nevertheless endorse the herald metaphor; (2) suggests reasons preachers should embrace this identity despite objections raised against it; and (3) draws out several implications for preaching today.


Langley, Kenneth. “When Christ Replaces God at the Center of Preaching.” JEHS 9:1, March 2009.

Abstract: Putting Christ, rather than God, at the center of preaching may lead to unintended consequences in theology, homiletics, and church life. It’s enough—it’s better—for biblical preachers to be theocentric. Making God central in preaching achieves the worthy aims of Christocentric preaching without the risks discussed in this essay.


Langley, Ken. “All Good Prophets are False Prophets.” JEHS 14:2, September 2014.

Abstract: The prophets of Israel sometimes spoke as if judgment was inevitable: no summons to repentance was issued, no offer of grace hinted at. This mode of speech can be understood theologically—all prophecy is conditional—and in terms of speech act theory—a speech strategy intended to undo the results predicted. Might this mode of speech be legitimately used by gospel preachers today?


Langley, Ken. “On Being Like Ezra When I Grow Up,” sermon on Nehemiah 8:1-12. JEHS 15:1, March 2015.


Larsen, David L. “Does the History of Preaching Really Matter?” part of “Forum on the History of Preaching.” JEHS 8:1, March 2008.


Larsen, David L. “The Pastor and Preaching Now!” part of forum on “Preaching and Pastoral Ministry.” JEHS 8:2, September 2008.


Larson, Brian. “Happy Birthday, Haddon!” JEHS 11:2, September 2011.


Loritts, Bryan. “The Multi-ethnic Preacher,” two-part plenary lecture at 2012 EHS conference. JEHS 13:1, March 2013.


Lovejoy, Grant.  “But I Did Such a Great Exposition: Literate Preachers Confront Orality.” JEHS 1:1, December 2001.

Abstract: Exposition uses ways of knowing, thinking, and expression that are second nature to highly literate people. But exposition is difficult for oral communicators to understand, remember, and share with others. Oral communication preferences predominate in the world, yet homiletics gives that fact scant attention.


MacBride, Tim. “Preaching to Aliens and Strangers: Preaching the New Testament as Minority Group Rhetoric.”  JEHS 16:2, September 2016.


Matthews, Alice P. “The Privilege of Working with Haddon Robinson.” JEHS 11:2, September 2011.


McClellan, Dave. “Recovering a Sense of Orality in Homiletics.”  JEHS 6:1, March 2006.

Abstract:  The newer trend in homiletics toward spontaneity is actually very old, going back to the days of primary orality, before literacy had established dominance in the communicative arena. Resources from the pre-modern world of orality (including metaphor, grounding in struggle, repetition, narrative structuring, classical invention, and dialogue) can serve to make the sermon a truly oral event even informing a post-modern homiletic setting.


McClellan, Dave. “Mapping a Sermon: An Alternative Model of Homiletic Preparation.”  JEHS 8:1, March 2008.

Abstract: Rooted in the difference between oral and literary orientations, this paper explores another model of sermon preparation based on mapping ideas in sequential and 3D representation, instead of in traditional outline form. It probes the utility of a chart or roadmap to provide a mental map that harnesses and exploits the power of memory, and can free the preacher for “kairos” while preaching.


McClellan, Dave. “The Unfinished Sermon: Involving the Body In Preparation and Delivery.” JEHS 10:1, March 2010.

Abstract: Sermons have long been the exclusive province of the trained professional; their formulation and documentation the very pedigree of a professional clergy class. But while bolstering authority and expertise, the private, finished sermon actually promotes individualism over community. How can we include others in the generation and delivery of a sermon without compromising legitimate Scriptural authority? How participatory does a sermon need to be?


McDill, Wayne. “Low-Tech Preaching in a High-Tech Age.”  JEHS 6:1, March 2006.

Abstract:  The current trend toward the use of audio-visual aids and drama in preaching may reveal an underlying lack of confidence in preaching in its essential form. The premise of this paper is that there is no form of communication more dynamic and effective than direct oral communication by a passionate preacher.


Meeks, James T. “Why Do Evil Men Govern God’s People?” two-part plenary address at the 2016 EHS conference.  JEHS 17:1, March 2017.


Miller, Mike. “Preaching Textually Questionable Passages of Scripture.” JEHS 14:1, March 2014.

Abstract: “The earliest and most reliable manuscripts do not have this passage.” Modern Bibles all contain these and similar words. While the preaching of difficult texts has barely been addressed in homiletical literature, the subject of preaching those passages I call textually questionable is completely untouched. This article is meant to begin the discussion by addressing implications for incorporating textually questionable passages into the preaching event.


Milton, Michael A. “Preaching from the Footnotes The Challenge of Textual Criticism in Expository Preaching.” JEHS 9:2, September 2009.

Abstract: This paper seeks to explore the pastoral ramifications of textual criticism and canonical questions and their impact on the primary pastoral task of expository preaching of the Word of God on the Lord’s Day in a local church. The thesis of this paper will be that rather than complicating the task of preaching, admitting textual variants and canonical questions and carefully crafting a sermon that acknowledges them, will bring a richer, fuller and more faithful message from God’s Word to God’s people. It is in this way that I shall advocate an appropriate “preaching from the footnotes.” I do not mean by that phrase that the preacher should base a Biblical sermon on human words that are used to explain a textual variant, for instance, but that the insights or controversies raised by these modern scribal notes must not be ignored in the preparation of the sermon. Indeed, I will argue that there is a sound rationale for preaching from the footnotes for those notes, that is the textual variants that belie a struggle within the Church over time to arrive at what is and what is not in the canon. And thus the textual variants deserve a thoughtful homiletical response before the people of God. In order to explore this theme, the presenter will use two of the most well- known “problem texts” to see how to “preach from the footnotes:” Mark 16:9-20 and John 7:53-8:11 as sermon case studies. Following an admission of the challenges that must be addressed, and then a consideration of the possibilities involved September 2009 (9:2) | 55 with expository preaching and textual criticism, the presenter will then submit some preliminary issues involved with “preaching from the footnotes,” and a response that might be employed, using the two famous texts, to exposit these critical texts faithfully (I intend) and humbly (I hope), with loyalty to the inerrancy and infallibility of God’s Word, acknowledgement of the of textual variants, and concern for bringing Christ’s message for Christ’s flock.


Mohler, R. Albert, Jr. “Preaching in a Secular Age: Preaching as a Strategy for Survival,” two-part plenary address at the 2015 EHS conference.  JEHS 16:1, March 2016.


Moreland, J.P. “Speaking to the Mind of the Age,” two-part plenary lecture at the 2007 EHS annual conference. JEHS 8:1, March 2008.


Morgan, G. Campbell. “The Word Became Flesh,” sermon on John 1:14.  JEHS 8:2, September 2008.


Morgan, G. Campbell. “The Power of the Gospel,” sermon on Romans 1:16-17. JEHS 14:2, September 2014.


Neely, Winfred. “A Tribute to Haddon Robinson from a Homiletical Grandson.” JEHS 11:2, September 2011.


Neely, Winfred Omar. “Seize the Moment,” sermon on Ruth 3.  JEHS 14:1, March 2014.


Neely, Winfred Omar. “The Future of Evangelical Homiletics in a Storied Culture,” part of “Homiletics Forum: The Future of Evangelical Homiletics.”  JEHS 14:2, September 2014.


Old, Hughes Oliphant. “His Glory and our Delight,” part of “Forum on the History of Preaching.” JEHS 8:1, March 2008.


Overdorf, Daniel. “The Future of Evangelical Homiletics,” part of “Homiletics Forum: The Future of Evangelical Homiletics.”  JEHS 14:2, September 2014.


Overstreet, Mark M. “John A. Broadus, the ‘Lost’ Yale Lectures, and his Enduring Legacy of Powerful Preaching.” JEHS 8:1, March 2008.


Pearson, Calvin. “Rhetoric and Preaching: Friends or Foe?” JEHS 11:2, September 2011.


Pelton, Randall and Jeff Carroll. “If You Can’t Spiritualize, Allegorize, or Moralize, What’s a Preacher to Do? Preaching Christ From Gospel Narratives.” JEHS 5:1, March 2005.

Abstract:  Of all the genres, preaching Christ should be the easiest in the Gospels. Unlike Old Testament narratives where Jesus is hard to find, the Gospels are sermonic history writing whose main character is Jesus. 1 The Gospel records are intended to make theological statements about Jesus, yet many sermons from the Gospels revolve around non-Christ-centered themes. What is a preacher to do?


Pelton, Randal E. “A Tribute to Haddon W. Robinson.” JEHS 11:2, September 2011.


Pelton, Randal E. “Creatively Moving to the Cross: Adopting the Goal While Adjusting the Method of Early Christian Preaching.”  JEHS 12:1, March 2012.


Pelton, Randal E. and Jeffrey D Arthurs. “The Rewards and Challenges of Teaching Robinson’s Big Idea Method.” JEHS 17:1, March 2017.

Abstract: The Big Idea (BI) method of biblical preaching yields many hermeneutical and homiletical benefits. They include the overarching attempt to proclaim authorial intention; unified communication which increases attention, comprehension, and retention in the listeners; and help for the preacher in remembering the flow of thought of the sermon. However, professors who teach the method encounter challenges. First, there is the challenge of teaching students where to start searching for the subject. This requires proficiency in exegesis, something that cannot be assumed of each student. Second, students’ ability to grasp the method depends on the ability to think abstractly. Not all people are skilled at that. Third, is the perennial question of how the little ideas of the passage relate to the BI and how to handle those little ideas in the sermon. Finally, there is the challenge of teaching students how the BI contributes to the development of the sermon. This paper will highlight and expand upon the benefits and challenges of teaching the BI method and also suggest ways to meet those challenges.


Phelps, Dennis. “An Evangelical Preacher Who Lost His ‘Evangelicalness,’” sermon on Jonah 4:1-11.  JEHS 17:1, March 2017.


Phillips, Benjamin B. “Fiat Lux: The Doctrine of Creation as the ‘Origin’ for a High Theology of Preaching.” JEHS 9:1, March 2009.

Abstract: Creation ex nihilo is the paradigmatic display of God’s speech. This powerful word that created the universe is carried by Christian preaching. The creation/preaching connection provides content to the assertion of preaching’s ‘word of God’ character. It raises critical issues such as transcendence, pride, and the apparent failure of preaching. This linkage also requires interaction with other systematic categories like revelation, pneumatology, hamartiology, soteriology, and eschatology. These considerations make the doctrine of creation well-suited to ground a systematic theology of preaching.


Phillips, Benjamin Blair. “Fellowship of the Triune God: The Divine Context for a Theology of Preaching.” JEHS 16:2, September 2016.

Abstract: The doctrine of the Trinity is essential to the theology of preaching. It requires us to conceive of God as a speaking Being by nature. It enables us to understand preaching as a Trinitarian act, an extension of God’s own communication to the world in Christ and Scripture. Finally, the intersection of the doctrines of Trinity and preaching shows that preaching brings people, both preachers and hearers, into conversation with the Triune God.


Phillips, Jere L. “Preaching to Heal Conflicted Congregational Communities.” JEHS 9:2, September 2009.

Abstract: Preaching often creates conflict. It also can help heal conflict. Congregational communities experience mass conflict (disagreements that affect the entire congregation), group conflict (between two or more interest groups), individual conflicts (between two or more individuals but not involving groups), and marital conflict. While conflict resolution must involve pastoral care, counseling, intervention and mediation, the pulpit can powerfully pull people together. This paper outlines specific ways preaching can help heal conflicted congregational communities.


Platinga, Cornelius, Jr. “Dancing the Edge of Mystery: The new homiletics celebrates pilgrimage, not propositions.”  JEHS 5:2, September 2005.


Quicke, Michael. “Connecting Preaching with Worship I: A Surprising Journey,” first of two plenary lectures at EHS 2010 conference.  JEHS 11:1, March 2011.


Quicke, Michael. “Connecting Preaching with Worship II: Towards a New Model for Preachers,” second of two plenary lectures at EHS 2010 conference.  JEHS 11:1, March 2011.


Quicke, Michael. “What is the Future of Evangelical Homiletics?” part of “Homiletics Forum: The Future of Evangelical Homiletics.”  JEHS 14:2, September 2014.


Radford, Shawn D. “The New Homiletic within Non-Christendom.”  JEHS 5:2, September 2005.

Abstract:  Fred B. Craddock elevated the roles of the listeners in the preaching event, giving birth to the New Homiletic. Nevertheless, Craddock’s understanding of the roles of the listeners has inherent benefits and risks for preaching. As non-Christendom becomes a more prominent cultural milieu for listeners in the United States, the benefits of the New Homiletic decrease as the risks increase. Accordingly, Craddock’s understanding of the roles of the listeners will need to be modified in non-Christendom so that the listeners are more likely to hear the voice of God and become mature Christ followers.


Ralston, Timothy J. “Back to the Future”: Classical Categories of Exegesis, Application and Authority for Preaching and Spiritual Formation.”  JEHS 3:2, December 2003.

Abstract: A recovery of the ancient categories of lectio continua (lectio semi-continua), lectio selecta and lectio divina provide a helpful taxonomy to understand (a) the hermeneutic approach to the Biblical text by the preacher, (b) the relative authority of the message preached and (c) the corresponding role of the application made within the sermon for the spiritual formation of individuals and Christian communities.


Ralston, Tim. “Haddon Robinson Tribute.” JEHS 11:2, September 2011.


Rappazini, Chris. “Great People Build Great Preachers.” JEHS 17:2, September 2017.


Reed, John W. “Reflections on a Life Well Lived (Keith Willhite tribute). JEHS 3:1, June 2003.


Robinson, Haddon W. “Keith Willhite: A Tribute.”  JEHS 3:1, June 2003.


Robinson, Haddon W. “The Future of Evangelical Preaching,” part of “Homiletics Forum: The Future of Evangelical Homiletics.”  JEHS 14:2, September 2014.


Robinson, Haddon W. “Two Traits of Agape Love,” sermon on 1 Corinthians 13:1-3.  JEHS 15:2, September 2015.


Robinson, Torrey. “The Big Idea of Haddon Robinson,” sermon on 1 Corinthians 15:9-11. JEHS 17:2, September 2017.


Robinson, Torrey.  “Three Things My Dad Taught Me About Preaching.” JEHS 17:2, September 2017.


Sackett, Chuck. “The Elusive Illustration: Letting the Text Win.” JEHS 7:2, September 2007.

Abstract: Teachers of preachers rightfully insist the text “wins” when the sermon says and does what the text says and does. In recent years, allowing the text to provide the structure has received needed emphasis. It’s time homiletics took another step forward: letting the text win illustratively. Sermons are strengthened when the text provides, suggests, or stimulates the image that carries the message and/or the supporting material used to enhance, validate and illustrate that message.


Sackett, Chuck. “It’s Harder to Do than It Is to Talk About,” part of forum on “Preaching and Pastoral Ministry.” JEHS 8:2, September 2008.


Sackett, Chuck. “Somebody Cares,” sermon on  1 Corinthians 12:25. JEHS 9:1, March 2009.


Satta, Ronald. “Preaching Paul: Preparing Expository Messages from the Pauline Letters.” JEHS 10:2, September 2010.


Scharf, Greg R. “The Spirituality of Jesus as Seen in John 14:10: An Example for Preachers.” JEHS 4:1, March 2004.


Scharf, Greg. “Challenges to Preaching Today: What and Why,” part of forum, “The Challenges to Preaching Today.” JEHS 9:2, September 2009.


Scharf, Greg. “Lessons from Heinrich Bullinger: How Convictions about Preaching Can Shape The Work of Equipping Pastors.” JEHS 12:1, March 2012.

Abstract: Heinrich Bullinger, the sixteenth-century Zurich reformer wrote fifty sermons to equip pastors to be better preachers. This essay explores how the high view of Scripture and preaching chronicled there works itself out in the example and counsel he sets before fellow pastors. Although half a millennium has elapsed since Bullinger’s birth, and the challenges of his era are not identical to ours, his counsel is still worth heeding and his example worth following.


Scharf, Greg R. “The Future of Evangelical Homiletics,” part of “Homiletics Forum: The Future of Evangelical Homiletics.”  JEHS 14:2, September 2014.


Scharf, Greg R. “The Pulpit Rebuke: What is It? When is It Appropriate? What Makes It Effective?” JEHS 15:1, March 2015.

Abstract: The injunction, “preach the word” in 2 Tim. 4:2 urges the preacher to reprove and rebuke as well as exhort. Despite this clear directive, pulpit rebukes are rare. This essay notes the words in the semantic domain “rebuke” and then surveys biblical rebukes to clarify who is authorized to rebuke, and under what circumstances. Next, by observing how rebukes function in the New Testament, this paper affirms some criteria for pulpit rebukes and concludes with practical guidelines for administering them.


Schultze, Quentin J. “Technique Over Virtue: The New Context For Communication In The Information Age,” JEHS 2:1, June 2002.


Shaw, Karen L.H. “Wisdom Incarnate: Preaching Proverbs 31.” JEHS 14:2, September 2014.

Abstract: Proverbs 31:10-31, a favorite Mother’s Day sermon text, is often interpreted as an appendix to Proverbs which teaches the role of women and presents a model of godly femininity. This article challenges that interpretation by considering the passage carefully in light of its immediate context, its function in the book of Proverbs, and its place in the canon of Scripture. The author contends that this passage should be preached as an integral part of the Bible’s wisdom literature, addressed to all who need to grow in competence, character and an appreciation of the practical wisdom of others.


Shaw, Wayne E. “Reflections on Homiletical Balance and Boundaries for Evangelicals,” JEHS 2:1, June 2002 (reprinted 13:2, September 2013).


Sheard, Daniel.  “Preaching in the Hear and Now: The Circumstantial Quality of the Preaching Engagement.”  JEHS 4:2, September 2004.

Abstract:  Looking at the oral nature of preaching, the author probes the ramifications of defining the sermon as a circumstantial meeting of the preacher, the hearers, and their God. When preaching is defined as an interpersonal engagement, delivery objectives turn toward the need to foster relational exchange. Preparatory energies become focused toward emotional capture in the immediate, and the message ultimately becomes a localized encounter in the hear and now.


Skipper, Collin. “Fight On! The Surprising Words of Jesus to His Suffering People,” sermon on Revelation 2:8-17.  JEHS 17:2, September 2017.


Smith, Kenneth W. “Preaching the Psalms with Respect for Their Inspired Design.”  JEHS 3:2, December 2003.

Abstract: Under the Holy Spirit’s inspiration, the psalmists wrote with poetic power and artifice. The Psalms impact hearers more deeply in part because of the literary devices that the psalmists employ. This paper demonstrates the use of literary devices that may enhance a sermon’s impact on its audience.


Smith, Steven. “The Second Shepherd—Jesus the Warrior Messiah and its implications on Preaching,” sermon on Revelation 19:11-16. JEHS 10:2, September 2010.


Smith, Steven. “Haddon Robinson and Cathedral Thinking.” JEHS 11:2, September 2011.


Smith, Steven W. “The Future of Evangelical Homiletics,” part of “Homiletics Forum: The Future of Evangelical Homiletics.”  JEHS 14:2, September 2014.


Stutzman, Ervin. “The Perils of Persuasive Preaching,” sermon on 1 Corinthians 1:18-2:5. JEHS 11:1, March 2011.


Sunukjian, Don. “Mustard Seeds and Moving Mulberries,” sermon on Luke 17:5-10. JEHS 8:1, March 2008.


Sunukjian, Don. “A Tribute to Haddon Robinson.” JEHS 11:2, September 2011.


Sweetman, John. “Towards a Foundational, Flexible, Sermon Structure.” JEHS 8:2, September 2008.

Abstract: Since the emergence of the “new homiletic” in the late 1960s, there has been considerable rethinking of sermon structure. The traditional, declarative sermon form based on careful argument and organised by deductive points is now only one of many options. As well as the classical deductive homiletical form, available options include inductive forms, narrative-plot forms and story forms.1 To these possibilities could be added numerous other sermon structures promoted by individual authors, including Buttrick’s moves,2 Wilson’s four pages,3 Stanley’s one point structure,4 Webb’s improvisational storyboard,5 and McClellan’s sermon mapping.6 A multitude of sermon forms can produce complexity for a preacher. Could there be a flexible, foundational structure that can be used to outline a wide range of sermons? In this article, I will explore the variety of structural options, show that none of these structures can be seen as foundational, and then offer a possible foundational, flexible, sermon structure. I will then illustrate how flexible this structure is by restructuring a range of sermons in this form.


Swetland, Kenneth L. “The Intersection of Preaching and Pastoring,” part of forum on “Preaching and Pastoral Ministry.” JEHS 8:2, September 2008.


Thompson, Andrew. “Community Oracles: A Model for Applying and Preaching the Prophets.” JEHS 10:1, March 2010.

Abstract: The prophets preached for community, but we rarely use their works that way. The common approach to preaching the prophets focuses on narrative biography (like Jonah or Hosea) or prayer (like Habakkuk). The usual application is individualistic (“Jeremiah prayed and so should you”). This paper will present a “covenant context” model for applying and preaching the prophetic oracles that is communal in approach. Prophets drew on a common past (the Mosaic tradition), preached from a shared identity (the people of God), and envisioned a corresponding future (judgment and salvation). By helping people to draw these same connections to their own place in redemptive history, preachers can follow the prophets’ example in order to forge a community through preaching.


Tidball, Derek, “The Current State of Preaching: A View from Britain,” part of “Preaching Forum.” JEHS 6:2, September 2006.


Tidball, Derek. “Preaching an Unopened Book: Preaching from Leviticus.” JEHS 10:2, September 2010.


Tidball, Derek. “Preaching and Personality.” JEHS 14:2, September 2014.

Abstract: The topic of preaching and personality was addressed by Phillips Brooks in his Yale Lectures on Preaching in 1877. This article serves as an introduction to the area of preaching and personality and intends to raise the working preachers’ awareness of the impact their personalities have on their preaching.


Tornfelt, John V. “Preaching The Psalms: Understanding Chiastic Structures for Greater Clarity.” JEHS 2:2, December 2002.

Abstract: Although in ancient Israel psalms were primarily intended to be heard in a linear fashion, a number of psalms also exhibit a secondary chiastic arrangement (a-b-c-b’-a’). This arrangement was not only aesthetically pleasing to the audience but it also provided the psalmist with an opportunity to treat themes twice in a psalm. For example, when a chiastic structure is followed, the unmatched center (a-b-c-b’-a’) is normally the centerpiece of the psalm and where the central truth is found. Moreover, one unit from the first half of the psalm can be considered together with its matching unit in the psalm’s second half in order to more fully understand the theme of the psalmist. By paying attention to chiastic structures, the expositor can preach from the psalms with greater clarity.


Tornfeldt, John V. “Preaching with Authority When You Don’t Have It.” JEHS 4:2, September 2004 (reprinted 12:2, September 2012).

Abstract (2012): The authority which preachers were granted in previous generations has gradually disappeared. Pluralism, hermeneutical shifts, and the impact of visual communication has contributed to this demise, leaving them to wonder how much authority they have. Proclaiming God’s Word with a new authority can be accomplished in the twenty-first century when pastoral responsiveness is demonstrated and appropriate communication skills are utilized. 


Tornfelt, John V. “Pastor as Preacher,” part of forum on “Preaching and Pastoral Ministry.” JEHS 8:2, September 2008.


Tornfeldt, John V. “Preaching and Learning Styles: Communicate So People Can Listen.” JEHS 8:2, September 2008.

Abstract: To enhance preaching, homileticians have been concerned with communication theory with ample literature available on such issues as the process of communication, sermon structures, congregational awareness, and matters of delivery. One neglected factor has been learning styles which accounts for why people relate well to some sermons and struggle with other ones. Responses are not necessarily related to content but stem from the orientations of listeners. Educational research indicates numerous factors impact listeners. Models of learning can be grouped into four categories. Personality models are the most stable and form the core of learning styles. Information processing models examine how people tend take in and process information. Social interaction models consider how individual’s ability to learn is impacted by various contexts. Instru