1 Dr. Timothy S. Warren DM455 Preaching Topical Expository Sermons 3 hours Dallas Theological Seminary January 1-5, 2018, M-F, 8:00-4:30 PREACHING TOPICAL EXPOSITORY SERMONS SYLLABUS I. COURSE DESCRIPTION A study aimed at preparing preachers to preach topical theological expositional messages, topical biographical expositional messages, and topical current issue expositional messages. Enrollment limited to 12 students. II. COURSE OBJECTIVES AND RATIONALE The student will read and write to understand the literature and challenges of topical expository preaching (during the pre-residency period). The student will discuss and debate (during residency class seminars) the benefits of communication theory for contemporary preaching. The student will preach, listen to, and critique various topical sermons (during residency presentation sessions). The student will begin to develop a topical expository preaching method (during the residency seminars). The student will model his topical expository preaching method by submitting a high-quality, video of a topical expository sermon (during the post-residency period). The student will relax and enjoy the learning process in every aspect of this course's preparation, participation, and presentation. III. COURSE TEXTBOOKS A. Required Texts The following texts are required for the seminar. Books (To be purchased by the student) Kuruvilla, Abraham. Privilege the Text: A Theological Hermeneutic for Preaching. Chicago: Moody, pages. Goleman, Daniel. Emotional Intelligence: Why it Can Matter More Than IQ. New York: Bantam, 1995, pages. Articles (To be provided on the course website please read and review in the order below) A Paradigm for Preaching by Timothy S. Warren (24 pages) The Theological Process by Timothy S. Warren (21 pages) Mind The Gap by Timothy S. Warren (9 pages) Exploring Precusors to and Benefits of Abe Kuruvilla s Pericopal Theology by Timothy S. Warren (18 Pages) Language is Sermonic by Richard Weaver (15 pages) The Rhetorical Situation by Lloyd F. Bitzer (11 pages) The Rhetorical Stance by Wayne C. Booth (7 pages) Rhetorical Criticism as Argument by Wayne Brockriede (12 pages) The Substance of Rhetoric: Good Reasons by Karl R. Wallace (12 pages) The Language of Love by Gary Smalley and John Trent (40 pages)
2 DM455 Preaching Topical Expository Sermons 2 On Persuasion and Emotion by Aristotle and Cicero (3 pages) Ethos, Pathos, Logos by Mankata: Minnesota State University (3 pages) Why You Need Emotion to Persuade by Jeremy Porter (4 pages) An Advanced Guide to Emotional Persuasion by Shanelle Mullin (12 pages) Expository Preaching that Touches the Heart by Gregory K Hollifield (8 pages) Charisma Brief Introduction (12 pages) Learning Charisma by John Antonakis, et. al. (6 pages) Charisma by Julia Llewellyn Smith (5 pages) The Charisma Rules summary by Gary Marshall (1 page) DM455 Topical Class Notes by Timothy S. Warren (24 pages) The Necessity of Preaching Christ from the Old Testament by Sidney Greidanus (8 pages) Salvaging the Old Testament Biographical Sermon by Timothy Peck (4 pages) Biographical Preaching Revisited by Sidney Greidanus (5 pages) Levels of Biblical Meaning by Ramesh P. Richard (11 pages) IV. COURSE REQUIREMENTS A. Pre-Resident Assignment 1. Reading and Critiquing Students will thoughtfully study the required readings (969 pages total) and submit to the professor a summary/critique for each reading (excluding the Class Notes) in a Word document format, posted to the professor at his address by December 15, Students will be well prepared to contribute in a meaningful and lively way to the classroom discussion, debate, question and answer sessions of the residency period based on their reading. Several class sessions of the residency period will follow a "give-and-take" seminar format lead by the professor. Submit a one-page summary/critique of Kuruvilla s Privilege the Text! and Goleman s Emotional Intelligence. Submit a one-paragraph summary/critique of articles by Warren, Warren, Warren, Warren, Weaver, Bitzer, Booth, Brockriede, Wallace, Richard, Greidanus- Peck-Greidanus combined, Smalley, On Persuasion-Mantaka-Porter-Mullin-Holifield combined, and all four Charisma readings combined. B. Resident Assignment 1. Class Participation Each student will be expected to maintain a high level of involvement in class discussion, debate, question-answer, and class assignments and evaluations based on the reading of the pre-residency period and personal experience and struggle. 2. Topical Biographical Expository Sermon Each student will prepare during pre-residency and be prepared to preach (without notes) in class a minute topical biographical expository sermon based on the Old Testament character Caleb. Each student will prepare twelve one-page homiletical outlines to be presented to fellow class members at the time each preacher preaches (on Monday morning, January 1). If the class is full (12 students) only six students will be chosen at random to preach their entire sermon before the class. All outlines will be presented to class members and professor.
3 DM455 Preaching Topical Expository Sermons 3 3. Emotional Story Presentation Each student will prepare during pre-residency and be prepared to present (without notes) in class (on Wednesday morning, January 3) a 5-8 minute personal, emotional story (an emotional word picture) as the basis of a persuasive presentation. This presentation is not intended to be a sermon or sermonette. Use the following outline as you develop this assignment: I. Share an emotionally charged story, II. Draw out a moral/principle, III. Challenge the class to act on that moral/principle. C. Post-Resident Assignments (All assignments will be sent directly to the professor through the Pastoral Ministries Office at Dallas Theological Seminary - NOT the D.Min. Office, or at Both the Personal Model Sermon Strategy Papers and the Personal Model Sermon Outlines and Manuscripts may be written in a non-academic format. However, proper spelling, grammar, etc. will be expected. Please submit as a Word document. 1. Personal Model Sermon Strategy Paper Students will express their motivation (this was my reason for and goal in preaching this message topically) and method (this was the process I followed in preparing and presenting this message topically) for preaching a topical current issue expository sermon on the topic of their choice, but approved by the professor, in typed, double-spaced papers of at least one, but no more than two pages. (Due by March 15, 2018). 2. Personal Model Sermon Outlines and Manuscripts Students will prepare both a separate outline (not to exceed two pages) and a full prose manuscript of a topical current issue expository message on a topic of their choice, but approved by the professor. (Due March 15, 2018). 3. Personal Model Sermons Students will prepare and preach a topical current issue expository sermon specifically designed to illustrate the topical expositional preaching model. This sermon will be preached and recorded in the normal weekly setting of ministry (before a live audience). The sermon will be recorded on high quality video and sent/made available to the professor for evaluation. (Due by March 15, 2018). 4. Course Evaluation Students will submit a 1-2 page typed, double-spaced evaluation of the entire course. The professor will be looking for the most/least helpful portions of the course, suggestions for improving the existing course, and suggestions for future courses of a different emphasis. (Due before April 13, 2018). 5. Students may contact the professor regarding questions about the course or a particular assignment at or Students must get approval for their current issue topical expositional sermon topics.
4 DM455 Preaching Topical Expository Sermons 4 VI. COURSE POLICIES A. Letter/Numerical Grade Scale A B C D F 0-69 A B C D A B C D B. Weighing of Course Requirements for Grading Reading, Summary/Critique 20% Class Participation and Evaluation 20% Caleb Sermon (Outline) 15% Emotional Story Presentation 5% Current Issue Sermon (Strategy Paper, Outline/Manuscript, Video) 35% Course Evaluation 5% C. Late Assignments Late assignments are accepted with a 10% grade deduction. D. Absences DMin students are expected to attend all class sessions. V. COURSE SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION A. Course Size Limit The course will be limited to twelve students. B. DTS does not discriminate on the basis of disability in the operation of any of its programs and activities. To avoid discrimination the student is responsible for informing the Coordinator of Services for Students with Disabilities and the course instructor of any disabling condition that will require modifications
5 DM455 Preaching Topical Expository Sermons 5 VII. COURSE LECTURES AND ASSIGNMENT SCHEDULE January 1, 2018: 1/1/18 Morning Welcome and Caleb Sermons Afternoon The Expositional Model and Anomalies (Warren Paradigm, Theological Process, Mind the Gap) 1/2/18 Morning Language Theory Privilege the Text! (Kuruvilla Privilege; Warren Exploring) Afternoon Rhetorical Theory (Weaver, Bitzer, Booth, Brockriede, Wallace) 1/3/18 Morning The Role of Emotions in Preaching with Dr. George B. Burriss II 5-8 minute Emotional Story Presentation (Goleman, Smalley and Trent, On Persuasion and Emotion, Mantaka, Porter, Mullin, Hollifield) *Lunch Afternoon Class will be the guests of Dr. Burriss Charisma (Charisma, Antonakis, Smith, Marshall) 1/4/18 Morning Topical Expository Preaching (Warren Class Notes) Afternoon Topical Theological Expository Preaching 1/5/18 Morning Topical Biographical Expository Preaching (Greidanus, Peck, Greidanus) Afternoon Topical Current Issue Expository Preaching (Richard) March 15, 2018: Topical Current Issue Expository Sermon (Strategy Paper, Outline & Manuscript, and High Quality Video) due. April 13, 2018: Class Evaluation Paper due.
6 DM455 Preaching Topical Expository Sermons 6 SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY Achtemeier, Elizabeth. Preaching from the Old Testament. Louisville: Westminster/John Knox, (187 pages on preaching the O.T.) Adams, Jay E. Preaching with Purpose. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, (158 pages on preaching purpose). Truth Applied. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, (140 pages on application in preaching) Allen, Ronald J. Preaching The Topical Sermon. Lousiville: Westminister/John Knox Press, (164 pages on why and how to preach topical sermons. Often seeks to correct the text) Bailey, Raymond. Jesus the Preacher. Nashville: Broadman, (128 pages on the preaching of Jesus with emphasis on authority, identification, and images). Hermeneutics for Preaching: Approaches to Contemporary Interpretations of Scripture. Nashville: Broadman, (223 pages of interpreting and preaching a variety of biblical genre). Paul the Preacher. Nashville: Broadman, (130 pages on the preaching of Paul with a helpful summary of the Canons of Rhetoric) Baumann, J. Daniel. An Introduction to Contemporary Preaching. Grand Rapids: Baker, (297 pages of basic homiletics) Bodey, Richard Allen. Inside the Sermon: Thirteen Preachers Discuss Their Methods of Preparing Messages. Grand Rapids: Baker, (219 pages of various approaches to sermon preparation and presentation) Brooks, Phillips. The Joy of Preaching. Grand Rapids: Kregel Publications, (237 pages, 1877 Yale Lectures on Preaching) Bounds, Edward McKendree. Preacher and Prayer. Wilmore, Kentucky: Christian Outreach, (63 pages on the necessity of prayer) Carl, William J. III. Preaching Christian Doctrine. Philadelphia: Fortress, Press, (167 pages). Chapell, Bryan. Using Illustrations to Preach with Power. Grand Rapids: Zondervan Publishing House, (223 pages on homiletical theory and the use of illustrations). Christ-Centered Preaching: Redeeming the Expository Sermon. Grand Rapids: Baker Books, (375 pages on preaching with authority and relevancy) Cialdini, Robert B. Influence: How and Why People Agree to do Things. New York: Morrow, (Contemporary persuasion strategies) Craddock, Fred B. As One Without Authority. 4 th rev.ed. St. Louis: Chalice, Preaching. Nashville: Abingdon, Davis, H. Grady. Design for Preaching. Philadelphia: Fortress Press, (300 pages of homiletic theory) DeBrand, Roy E. Guide to Biographical Preaching. Nashville: Broadman Press, (142 pages). DeYoung, James and Sarah Hurty. Beyond the Obvious: Discover the Deeper Meaning of Scriptures. Gresham, OR: Vision House Publishing, (422 pages of the expositional process with emphasis on the theological message) Duduit, Michael, Editor. Handbook of Contemporary Preaching. Nashville: Broadman Press, (607 pages, 51 chapters of homiletical topics) Eslinger, Richard L. A New Hearing: Living Options in Homiletical Method. Nashville: Abingdon, (192 pages on the New Homiletic). The Web of Preaching: New Options in Homiletical Method. Nashville: Abingdon, (310 pages on a fresh look at the New Homiletic. Fant, Clyde E. Preaching For Today. San Francisco: Harper and Row, (312 pages of basic homiletics) Greidanus, Sidney. The Modern Preacher and the Ancient Text: Interpreting and Preaching Biblical Literature. Grand Rapids: Wm. B. Eerdman Publishing Company, (374 pages of mostly interpretation, but with some good insights into application and preaching). Sola Scriptura: Problems and Principles in Preaching Historical Texts. Toronto: Wedge Publishing Foundation, (251 pages addressing the extremes of exemplary and redemptive-historical approaches to biblical narrative) Hamilton, Donald L. Homiletical Handbook. Nashville: Broadman, (207 pages of basic homiletical approaches to a variety of biblical genre) Heath, Chip and Dan Heath. Made to Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die. New York: Random House, (291 pages of persuasion)
7 DM455 Preaching Topical Expository Sermons 7. Switch: How to Change Things When Change is Hard. New York: Broadway, (322 pages on aligning the rational and emotional brain) Hostetler, Michael J. Introduction the Sermon: The Art of Compelling Beginnings. Grand Rapids: Zondervan Publishing House, (86 pages on sermon introductions) Howard, J. Grant. Creativity in Preaching. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, (112 pages on creativity in preaching) Hybels, Bill; Briscoe, Stuart, Robinson, Haddon. Mastering Contemporary Preaching. Portland: Multnomah Press, (171 pages of contemporary preaching) Kaiser, Walter C. Toward an Exegetical Theology: Biblical Exegesis for Teaching and Preaching. Grand Rapids: Baker, (270 pages on developing the theological message of a text) Kuruvilla, Abraham. Text to Praxis: Hermeneutics and Homiletics in Dialogue. London:T&T Clark, (393 pages). Priviledge the Text!: A Theological Hermeneutic for Preaching. Chicago: Moody, (2013). Larsen, David L. The Anatomy of Preaching. Grand Rapids: Baker, (193 pages on 1990's issues in preaching) Lewis, Ralph L. with Gregg Lewis. Inductive Preaching. Westchester, IL: Crossway Books, (223 pages on inductive preaching) Litfin, Duane. Public Speaking. Grand Rapids: Baker, 1981, (364 pages of basic communication principles - especially as related to preaching) Long, Thomas G. The Senses of Preaching. Atlanta: John Knox Press, (99 pages on the preaching experience). Preaching from Memory to Hope. Louisville: Westminster John Knox, 2009, (152 pages on theological themes in preaching) Loscalzo, Craig A. Preaching Sermons That Connect: Effective Communication Through Identification. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, (165 pages of "identification" a la Kenneth Burke) Lowry, Eugene L. Doing Time in the Pulpit. Nashville: Abingdon, (112 pages on the sermon as moving time). The Homiletical Plot: The Sermon as Narrative Art Form. Atlanta: John Knox Press, (100 pages on preaching in a conflict-resolution format). The Sermon: Dancing The Edge of Mystery. Nashville: Abingdon Press, (127 pages on the new hermeneutic/homiletic with variations on the homiletical plot). The Homiletical Beat:Why All Sermons are Narrative. Nashville: Abingdon, 2012 (130 pages on how narrative works and why all sermons are narrative; an update on narrative preaching) Mayhue, Richard L. & Thomas, Robert L. ed. Rediscovering Expository Preaching. Dallas: Word, (357 pages on traditional exposition) McClure, John. The Four Codes of Preaching. Minneapolis: Fortress Press, (201 pages of rhetorical strategies for variety in preaching styles) Miller, Calvin. Spirit, Word, and Story. Dallas: Word, (246 pages on Miller's relational philosophy of Preaching) Mitchell, Henry. Black Preaching. Nashville: Abingdon Press, (142 pages on the distinctives of Black American preaching. Read, David H. Preaching About the Needs of Real People. Philadelphia: Westminster Press, (118 pages of listener needs) Richard, Ramesh. Preparing Expository Sermons: A Seven-Step Method for Biblical Preaching. Grand Rapids: Baker Books, (217 pages of basic sermon preparation) Robinson, Haddon W. Biblical Preaching. Grand Rapids: Baker, (230 pages of classic sermon theory). Biblical Sermons. Grand Rapids: Baker, (262 pages of sermons and evaluation) Sleeth, Ronald E. God's Word and Our Words. Atlanta: John Knox Press, (136 pages of basic homiletic principles) Stanley, Andy and Lane Jones. Communicating for a Change: Seven Keys to Irrestible Communiction. Colorado Springs: Multnomah, (208 pages on engaging the audience) Stewart, Warren H., Sr., Interpreting God's Word in Preaching. Valley Forge: Judson Press, (79 pages on Black American preaching) Stott, John R. W. Between Two Worlds. Grand Rapids: Eerdman's Publishing Co., (335 pages on the state of the art of preaching) Sunukjian, Donald R. Invitation to Biblical Preaching: Proclaiming Truth with Clarity and Relevance. Grand Rapids: Kregel Publications, (375 pages of homiletical method)
8 DM455 Preaching Topical Expository Sermons 8 Thulin, Richard L. The "I" of the Sermon. Minneapolis: Fortress Press, (93 pages on autobiography in the pulpit) Wiersbe, Warren W. and Perry, Lloyd M. The Wycliffe Handbook of Preaching and Preachers. Chicago: Moody, (315 pages of handbook) Wilson, Paul Scott. The Four Pages of the Sermon: A Guide to Biblical Preaching. Nashville: Abingdon, 2010, (278 pages of a Law-Grace hermeneutic). Preaching and Homiletical Theory. St. Louis: Chalice Press, 2004 (184 pages of review of recent homiletical theory)