School of Theology and Seminary Faculty Publications

The Homiletic Exposition of Scripture

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Arts and Humanities | Christianity | Liturgy and Worship | Religion


“A good homily is necessarily based on the scriptures. How the preacher enters into dialogue with the scriptures is the key element in developing a homily that assists the listeners to experience God in their midst. Because preachers are called to address the needs and expectations of their own worshiping communities, they must interact with the scriptures through prayer, meditation, reflection and study so God can speak through them. In using scripture as a means of entering into dialogue with God, the preacher, I would propose, should proceed through the following stages: the precritical, the critical and the postcritical readings.” –Page 35