The next preaching pattern is the topical sermon. The topical sermon is usually based on a doctrine, teaching, or contemporary issue affecting the congregation. The preacher attempts to help the congregation understand and interpret the topic from the perspective of the gospel.
The next preaching pattern presented in Ronald Allenâ€™s book is the Funeral Homily.
The next pattern that Ronald Allen speaks of is the Wedding Homily.
An Evangelical Lutheran Blog run by a Father Eckardt has a post up on Extemporaneous Preaching.
In the post there is first some discussion of the Eckardt’s theology and understanding of Preaching. What was of particular interest to me however was his methodology.
The next pattern found in Allen’s book Preaching Patterns is the jigsaw sermon. Here the sermon is split up into small pieces that are related to each other but the congregation can’t see the connections till much later in the sermon.
As we continue looking at Preaching Patterns from Ronald Allen we come to Preaching a Sermon on a Biblical Character. In this method the preacher looks for information on one character of the Bible throughout the Bible as well as in history and other Biblical Reference Materials. Then the preacher tells constructs the story of the Biblical character from all that material.
In many of the other sermon patterns, we looked at approaches to structure a sermon. However, this pattern is a way of sermon preparation. How do you go about preparing a sermon? This method attempts to follow a method much like that which many novelists use.
The Novelists Approach
I love Black preaching. I love the style that African American preachers use in bringing a word from God.
Black Preaching Ain’t Just Style
However, African American Preaching is more than whooping, shouting, and style. It is also a prophetic engagement with the powers that be. It stands up against wickedness in all places even if that wickedness finds itself in our midst.