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Knowing the Context: Frames, Tools, and Signs for Preaching
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Knowing the Context: Frames, Tools, and Signs for Preaching

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Fortress Press 2008

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Overview

While everyone might affirm that preaching needs to engage its listeners deeply, the initial move for novice preachers is to think this can be attained by livelier content and delivery of the sermon. All too quickly, however, one learns that there are many factors beyond what a preacher says and how she or he may say it that affect whether proclamation can actually be heard. Effective preaching requires the complex work of knowing the context in which preaching occurs, while avoiding the twin dangers of pandering to a situation's particulars or generalizing them into stereotypes. Knowing the Context reveals how to engage contexts for preaching, especially ways to examine contexts more responsibly, so that the sermon might more amply bring the word of Scripture to bear on the worlds and lives of listeners.

In this volume, James Nieman shows how preaching is oriented to specific locales, cultural situations, audiences, and occasions. Unlike other books that tell preachers how to preach to specific audiences, Knowing the Context helps readers analyze the situations in which they find themselves and shows how text and context are in a continuing dialogue and how to tailor sermons to their context.

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Key Features

  • Reveals how to engage contexts for preaching to make sermons relevant to the audiance
  • Helps readers analyze the situations in which they find themselves and shows how text and context are in a continuing dialogue and how to tailor sermons to their context
  • Completely interactive with your Logos library
  • All Scripture references appear on mouse-over

Product Details

  • Title: Knowing the Context: Frames, Tools, and Signs for Preaching
  • Author: James R. Nieman
  • Publisher: Fortress Press
  • Publication Date: 2008
  • Pages: 102

About James R. Nieman

James R. Nieman is Professor of Homiletics and directs the Master of Sacred Theology program at Wartburg Seminary. He has served as pastor of Lutheran congregations in Iowa and Alaska, earned the Ph.D. at Emory University, and joined the Wartburg faculty in 1992. He is a member of the Academy of Homiletics and the International Academy of Practical Theology, and recently served as president of the Association of Practical Theology. In addition to completing a book entitled Common Signs: Local Practices for the Whole Church, he serves as English language co-editor of the International Journal of Practical Theology.

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