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Listen to this professor of homiletics discuss what's been left undone in most pastors' education.

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Clarence Bolton

commented on Feb 10, 2014

I have not heard of any seminary that does not teach homiletics. Even Bible schools do that.

Larry Mann

commented on Feb 10, 2014

We were certainly taught how to build sermons with the goal of reaching the lost and meeting peoples needs.

Daniel Kline

commented on Feb 10, 2014

I believe it is helpful for us pastors to hear clear reminders of the why and the how of preaching and teaching, because we do tend to get into ruts along the way, either in being a bit lazy with preparation or interpreting Scripture to meet our people where they are. Good reminders! Thanks.

Paul Porter

commented on Feb 10, 2014

Dr. Jim Shaddix did a great job of helping us prepare sermons at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. I will never forget it. Especially since I have used it on most of the 750 sermons I have prepared since then.

Bishop Eason

commented on Feb 10, 2014

I attended Lee University in Cleveland, TN. As a Pas. Min. major, I took two semesters of homiletics, which is the case with every pastoral department of every Christian college I have ever been acquainted with. This lecture was boring, sexist, and inaccurate.

Bishop Eason

commented on Feb 10, 2014

2,500 sermons later, I am confident that I was well-equipped by my college to prepare sermons that are intentionally designed for results.

Gregory Wheaton

commented on Feb 10, 2014

You are so right!

Gregory Wheaton

commented on Feb 10, 2014

Wow. If that video was a sample of his idea of clear and concise communication, I'll pass. His definition was a sentence so long and complex . . . it pretty much bored me before he got to the end. In addition, his constant reference to the "men" in the seminary pretty much assures a disconnect from more than 50 of the average congregation . . . The trouble with seminaries is not that they don't teach . . . it's that so much of what they teach is irrelevant to pastoral ministry in these complicated times.

Clarence Bolton

commented on Feb 11, 2014

Can the church say amen!!

Sarah Armstrong

commented on Feb 11, 2014

I think you protest too much and are refusing to grasp what the speaker is saying. The moment I saw all of the negative comments a flag went up ... simply because of the change in sermons that do not attract the kind of change that the Bible portrays ... I think pastors you are straining at gnats and swallowing the camel... taught homiletics...sexist men only...what is the purpose of your preaching and would Jesus approve have wills been changed or is being changed...

Barry Sessoms

commented on Feb 11, 2014

I learned something from this video, "deriving meaning from the text so that it can be properly communicated" emphasis on properly. When the Professor mentioned "men preaching", I understood in men the plural sense. As far as this lecture being boring, I've found that when you focus hard on what's being said and using your analytic skills, you forget about how boring it is.

Michael Battenfield

commented on Feb 11, 2014

I cannot answer the title question, as the seminary I did my Master's work through has a heavy emphasis on exegetical preaching, and any man who receives a degree from them (bmats.edu) WILL understand the mechanics and be well-versed in sermon building. I do have a suspicion that one reason at least some seminaries don't teach HOW to build a sermon - is that real, biblical, and powerful sermon building involves actually digging and praying and studying what the text actually SAYS, understanding how it was intended to be understood by the reader in its time, then bridging the time gap to today for application. SOME seminaries are far more concerned with preserving denominational positions, dogma, traditions, and doctrine, than proclaiming what scripture REALLY says and means! On the flip side, there are a lot of seminaries that DO teach solid sermon building/prep.

Colin S

commented on Feb 12, 2014

I found it a bit surprising that a few writers felt a need to tell the rest of us how many sermons they have crafted and delivered..Perhaps the video was not for you. Others will no doubt find it useful to others. I did not find the speaker boring either ( difference in perspective clearly), but I do concede his definition was too long.

Paul Porter

commented on Feb 12, 2014

Whoa, Jesus-juked by Colin. The reason I mentioned the number of sermons was to show that the sermon prep method I learned at NOBTS is still useful after all this time. Save your judgmentalism. I did not find the video to be boring. I agree with the meat of Dennis' message. I just thought he was setting up a straw man at the beginning when he mentioned "most" seminaries.

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