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Shaping the Claim

Moving from Text to Sermon (Elements of Preaching)

Marvin a. McMickle


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Shaping the Claim helps the preacherdiscover the core of the message to bepreached - the sermonic claim.

In order to be effective, says McMickle, a sermon needs to address the hearersat three distinct levels; the head orthe intellect, the heart or passionand conviction, and the hand or anexpected and desired response. In orderto discover the biblical claim that asermon should make upon a particularcongregation at a particular time, McMickle presents a helpful three-step process: (1) What? (2) So What? and (3)Now What?

Augsburg Fortress Publishing, 9780800604295, 96pp.

Publication Date: October 1, 2008