Preaching and Narrative

MTh pathway in Biblical and Theological Studies
COURSE UNIT 745

UNIT DESCRIPTION

The unit offers a critical examination of the theological and practical rationales for narrative preaching and the critiques that have been made of it. It discusses the variety of narrative patterns that have been advocated and adopted for preaching by a range of preachers and writers in recent years. It explores the potential of narrative theology and narrative criticism of Scripture to inform the shape and content of preaching. It contains critical reflection on a range of narrative sermons and an opportunity for creative exploration of possible narrative approaches in the student’s own context.

Aims

To explore conceptual connections between preaching and narrative and evaluate different strategies for preaching in a narrative style.

INTENDED LEARNING OUTCOMES:

CATEGORY OF OUTCOMEBY THE END OF THIS UNIT STUDENTS SHOULD BE ABLE TO:
Knowledge and understanding
  • analyse and evaluate a range of different narrative structures for preaching
Intellectual skills
  • discuss how to preach a biblical story in a way that is true to the text but also creative for the contemporary context
Practical and transferable skills; personal qualities
  • experiment creatively with their own preaching in the light of their study of the unit

Assessment:

ASSESSMENT TASK:LENGTH:WEIGHTING WITHIN UNIT
Formative:
  • Student led seminars

30 minutes

n/a
Summative:
  • A written assignment including a transcript of a sermon with visual and/or aural material if desired

6000 words

100%
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Preaching and Narrative

MTh pathway in Biblical and Theological Studies
Course Unit 745

Credits:

30

Level:

7

Hours of Learning:

300

Tutor:

Dr Roger Standing

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