The unit is a practical study of preaching in the context of worship. The focus of the unit will be on preaching the Scriptures within specific liturgical occasions. A further component of class sessions will be the examination of sample sermons from historical and current sources. Students will develop a critical framework for understanding the nature and purpose of preaching, building on foundational skills in biblical studies and theology. They will also understand the relationship of preaching to its context in worship and express this understanding by preaching a sermon to the class.

Unit code: DL3100T

Unit status: Approved (Major revision)

Points: 18.0

Unit level: Undergraduate Level 3

Unit discipline: Liturgy

Proposing College: Trinity College Theological School

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Learning outcomes


Demonstrate an ability to interpret the biblical text within the context of the ongoing Christian theological tradition.


Identify core issues in moving from biblical text to homiletic proclamation.


Critically assess different uses of the Scriptures in sermons.


Demonstrate awareness of the vital place of preaching within worship, and particularly (though not exclusively) the eucharist.


Demonstrate awareness of the specific social and religious contexts out of which a particular sermon arises and to which it is addressed.


Offer effective oral and visual communication in preaching, including speech patterns.

Unit sequence

30 points in biblical studies and at least 15 points in systematic theology


2 hr face to face lectures with 1 hr online tutorials

Indicative Bibliography

  • Bates, Matthew W. Salvation by Allegiance Alone. Grand Rapids MI: Baker, 2017
  • Countryman, L. William. Interpreting the Truth: Changing the Paradigm of Biblical Studies. Harrisburg: Trinity Press International, 2003.
  • Craddock, Fred B. Preaching. Nashville, TN: Abingdon Press, 2010.
  • DeLeers, S. V. Written Text becomes Living Voice: The Vision and Practice of Sunday Preaching. College: Liturgical Press, 2004.
  • Edwards, O. C. A History of Preaching. Nashville: Abingdon Press, 2004.
  • Janowiak, Paul. The Holy Preaching: The Sacramentality of the Word in the Liturgical Assembly. Collegeville: Liturgical Press, 2000.
  • Lischer, Richard & Willimon, William, eds. A Concise Encyclopedia of Preaching. Louisville: Westminster John Knox, 1995.
  • Long, Thomas G. Preaching and the Literary Forms of the Bible. Philadelphia: Fortress, 1989.
  • Lowry, Eugene. The Homiletical Plot: The Sermon as Narrative Art Form. Atlanta: John Knox Press, rev. ed. 2001.
  • Monshau, Michael, and Linda L. Clader. Preaching at the Double Feast: Homiletics for Eucharistic Worship. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2006.
  • Williams, Rowan. The Sermon in S. Conway (ed.) Living the Eucharist. Affirming Catholicism and the Liturgy. London: Darton, Longman & Todd, 2001, pp. 44-55.
  • Wilson, Paul Scott (ed.) The New Interpreter's Handbook of Preaching. Nashville: Abingdon, 2008.


Type Description Word count Weight (%)

Delivered sermon of 1,000 words (or sound/video equivalent for online candidates)

1000 20.0
Forum - Class and reading based Discussion forum

2000 word total over 4 posts sessions

2000 40.0

Essay of 2,000 words

2000 40.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by Maggie Kappelhoff on 13 Oct, 2020

Unit record last updated: 2021-06-07 08:43:50 +1000