In the book Anderson is seeking to demonstrate many options including his own which he calls the “Integrative Model.” Looks to integrate Authority as including both text and contemporary experience as well as integrating an appeal to both head and heart. The four stages of his model is helpful in that it provides a very full view of the text and our present situation in light of the text. In a sense we get to look at the text from the standpoint of “head” or logic as well as our present context from the same standpoint. In addition we look at both the text and our present context from the standpoint of heart as well.
Anderson’s method seems to open the door to a fairly systematic look at the text that one need not be evangelical to follow and I would encourage you to look at it.
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You can see his process more fully in the book Preaching Paul.
Someone asked once how long should each step take? Well that is a hard question, it should take as long as it takes you to finish the point. But I do wish to add that you will never be totally finished in sermon preparation even after the presentation of the sermon. So you must prepare enough…what that means depends on who you are…
What is the New Homiletic and how has it affected homiletics? This book by Fred Craddock is often referred to as the book that started a big change to the homiletic horizon. As I read it today many things sound almost axiomatic due to the strong influence of the work.
If you wish to learn about the foundations of homiletics today or you have a historical interest in “the New Homiletic,” or you just wish to read a good overview of a method of preaching, I would suggest that you purchase and read the work. You can download a review of this foundational work below.
On page 3 Craddock asks for a stay of execution against the sermon. I think that his book
demonstrates that sermons can overcome the problems described in Chapter 1. This book
shows the fundamentals of induction, narrative, and other components of the new Homiletic
clearly and quickly and thus even today I would suggest that all preachers read it.