Framing the Biblical Story
In these methods, the sermon develops a single biblical story for the hearers and yet places that story into an interpretative context by using excursive material before the story, after the story, or before and after the story. This excursive material can be used in a variety of ways (e.g., it can create a context in which the story will be heard or offer the hearers reflection upon the meaning of the story). In general, however, the material that lies outside the story has some interpretative effect relating to the meaning of the story or to the engagement of the hearers in the characters and action of the story.
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