Doing justice to the complexity of the preaching task and the
questions that underlie it, author Paul Scott Wilson organizes both
the preparation and the content of the sermon around its "four
pages." Each "page" addresses a different theological and creative
component of what happens in any sermon. Page One presents the
trouble or conflict that takes place in or that underscores the
biblical text itself. Page Two looks at similar conflict--sin or
brokenness--in our own time. Page Three returns to the Bible to
identify where God is at work in or behind the text--in other
words, to discover the good news. Page Four points to God at work
in our world, particularly in relation to the situations described
in Page Two. This approach is about preaching the gospel in nearly
any sermonic form. Wilson teaches the ‘what’, ‘why’, and ‘how’ of
sermon construction, all rooted in a theology of the Word.
This completely revised edition guides readers through the sermon process step by step, with the aim of composing sermons that challenge and provide hope, by focusing on God more closely than on humans. It has been largely rewritten to include an assessment of where preaching is today in light of propositional preaching, the New Homiletic, African American preaching, the effect of the internet, and use of technology. A chapter on exegesis has been added, plus new focus on the importance of preaching to a felt need, the need for proclamation in addition to teaching, and developing tools to ensure sermon excellence. New sermon examples have been added along with a section that responds to critics and looks to the future.
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A new Introduction that makes clearer the underlying theme in Four Pages.
The anniversary edition will include more than 10% completely new material.
An entirely new chapter will be added on proclamation.
The revised edition includes a significant amount of new material.
The preacher is not only theologian-in-residence, but poet-in-residence, attentive to the power of words and the beauty, coherence, and mystery of the faith.
Exegesis for preaching, perhaps in a new appendix entitled, Ten Guidelines....
The New Homiletic and what has happened to it.
Rethinking an element of sermon unity identified in Four Pages, namely, one doctrine .
The preacher as not only theologian-in-residence, but poet-in-residence, attentive to the power of words and the beauty, coherence, and mystery of the faith.
The practice of fusion with then and now.