Can one learn to whoop? Is there a system to help anybody whoop? Rev. Jasper Williams answers this question with an unequivocal yes. He states that anyone who has been called to preach has been given by God the ability to whoop.
I just realized that I do not have any posts that give an outline of my method for exegesis. Here is the basic process.
- Prayer – You should not open the Bible without praying for the guidance of the Spirit in understanding the principles found in the text.
Gregory M. Howard, pastor of Union Branch Baptist Church in Chesterfield, Virginia has written a book that gathers much of the rhetoric of the Black church and the Black pulpit into one volume.
The ebook Starting to Whoop has been updated to version 2.01. It includes the following new chapters:
- Chapter 6 – Principles to remember when preaching a sermon related to whooping.
- Chapter 7 – The Steps to follow when constructing a sermon you will end in a celebrative whoop.
- Appendix A – Homiletical devices to use in the pulpit to connect to the people.
- Appendix B – Additional Resources to aid in preaching.
- Appendix C – Discussion and Description of the Black Preaching Tradition.
Please download the file below. And if you have any suggestions for improvements, like the questions at the end of each chapter, let me know.
God bless and Keep on Preaching!!!
Jeremiah Wright, pastor emeritus of Trinity United Church of Christ, wrote an article that is included in Blow the Trumpet in Zion: Global Vision and Action for the 21st century Black Church about the legacy of Samuel D. Proctor for preachers in the 21st century.
Olin P. Moyd gives an interesting quote on page 121 of his important work The Sacred Art: Preaching and Theology in the African American Tradition. He writes:
Peter Mead, at Biblical Preaching.Net, gives two options for turning a text into a half hour sermon in this article. Mead provides two options. The first is to carefully plan how to drive the main point into your people. This would include tactically deciding how you will present the idea. Mead succinctly summarizes this option as follows: