Theology in Preaching
Theology in preaching confronts the preacher whenever she or he takes up an interpretation of the scriptures or unpacks a difficult situation for preaching. Historically, an interest in theology in preaching has resulted in specific genres of preaching in either teaching or pastoral modes: especially doctrinal preaching and situational preaching.
Of late, homileticians have also viewed preaching as a venue where the theological task is taken up anew. I have called this preaching and the unfinished task of theology. In the bibliography are also those writers who wrestle with the constructive task of the preacher, whether in interpreting a text in a new context, taking up a text’s unresolved theological issues anew, or engaging in theological reflection on sticky or problematic doctrines of the tradition in a kind of homiletical constructive theology. The bibliography below invites readers to explore how theology impacts the content of the sermon in particular.
Doctrinal Preaching Bibliography
Blackwood, Andrew W. Doctrinal Preaching for Today. Grand Rapids: Baker, 1956.
Carl, William. Preaching Christian Doctrine. Philadelphia: Fortress, 1984.
Ellingsen, Mark. Doctrine and Word: Theology in the Pulpit. Atlanta: John Knox, 1983.
Hughes, Robert and Robert Kysar. Preaching Doctrine for the Twenty-First Century. Minneapolis: Fortress, 1997.
Williamson, Clark and Ronald Allen. The Teaching Minister. Louisville: WJKP, 1991.
Situational Preaching Bibliography
Aden, Leroy H. and Robert G. Hughes. Preaching God’s Compassion. Minneapolis: Augsburg Fortress, 2002
Allen, Ronald. Preaching the Topical Sermon. Louisville: WJKP, 1991.
Jacobsen, David Schnasa and Robert Kelly. Kairos Preaching: Speaking Gospel to the Situation. Minneapolis: Fortress, 2009.
Jeter, Joseph. Crisis Preaching: Personal and Public. Nashville: Abingdon, 1998.
Long, Thomas. Accompany Them with Singing: The Christian Funeral. Louisville: WJKP, 2009.
Schlafer, David. What Makes This Day Different?: Preaching Grace on Special Occasions. Cambridge: Cowley, 1998.
Simmons, Martha, and Frank A. Thomas, eds. 9.11.01: African American Leaders Respond to an American Tragedy. Valley Forge, Pa.: Judson, 2001.
The Unfinished Theological Task of Doctrinal Interpretation Bibliography
Bieler, Andrea and Hans-Martin Gutmann, Embodying Grace: Proclaiming Justification in the Real World. Translated by L. Maloney. Minneapolis: Fortress, 2010.
Bond, L. Susan. Trouble with Jesus: Women, Christology, and Preaching. St. Louis: Chalice, 1999.
Brown, Sally. Cross Talk: Preaching Redemption Here and Now. Louisville: WJKP, 2008.
Unfinished Theological Task of Scriptural Interpretation Bibliography
Allen, Ronald. “Preaching Against the Text.” Encounter 48:1 (Winter, 1987): 105-15.
Black, Kathy. A Healing Homiletic: Preaching and Disability. Nashville: Abingdon, 1996.
Florence, Anna Carter. Preaching as Testimony. Louisville: WJKP, 2007.
Jacobsen, David Schnasa and Günter Wasserberg. Preaching Luke-Acts. Nashville: Abingdon, 2001.
Lundblad, Barbara. Marking Time: Preaching Biblical Stories in Present Tense. Nashville: Abingdon, 2007.