Introduction to Preaching and Worship
Preaching has, all too often, been taught either as a detached expository process with little critical reflection on culture and mission, or else as an attractional approach that spares little time for scripture. Both paradigms tend to produce preaching that is individualistic and rationalistic. This course explores another way: a missional approach to preaching that is both expository and also redemptive-historical. Hermeneutics and homiletics are held together as we explore how to preach Christ as he stands at the centre of the biblical story, as the world’s creator, healer, and servant. There is opportunity to deliver two sermons and to receive feedback on these sermons.
We will explore a biblical vision and theology of worship that nourishes the people of God in Christ, rooting us and forming us in him, in order to join with Christ in his ministry of reconciliation to the world. Throughout this course, content will be applied to both preaching and also to worship. In addition, teaching on the theology and practice of worship is woven throughout the courses related to the MDiv program. Revd. Vania Levans will join us as a guest lecturer on worship during this course.
Live Online and Recorded: This course is being offered online with live class sessions in Winter 2021. Recordings of each class will be made available on the course Moodle site for 48 hours after the class. If you are not able to attend the live sessions due to living in a distant time zone, you may appeal to the Senior Academic Administrator for permission to take the course by using the recordings.
On Campus: A limited number of seats are available for on-campus participation in this course. If you wish to attend class on campus, you must register by November 29 and indicate your preference for on-campus instruction.