Biblical Story Interrupted

Textual StructuresOverview

In this method, the sermon develops a single biblical story for the hearers and yet incorporates one or more interruptions in the midst of that story.  Interruptions to the story can serve a variety of purposes:  offer reflection upon the meaning of the story, invite the hearers to identify with a particular character or situation in the story, intensify the conflict, lead to a resolution, apply the story to the hearers, etc.  Generally, however, the interruption has an interpretative effect relating to the meaning of the story or a participatory effect relating to the engagement of the hearers in the characters and action of the story.

The Biblical Story Interrupted

The Biblical Story Interrupted

Examples

Sermon by Dan Suelzle preached in Chapel at Concordia Seminary on May 18, 2011: [audio:http://deimos3.apple.com/WebObjects/Core.woa/FeedEnclosure/csl-public-dz.6769734418.06769734420.9013902223/enclosure.MP3]

Sermon by Aaron Bell preached in Chapel at Concordia Seminary on September 28, 2009: [audio:http://deimos3.apple.com/WebObjects/Core.woa/FeedEnclosure/csl-public-dz.6769734749.06769734751.6769734809/enclosure.mp3]

© 2011 David Schmitt. All rights reserved.

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