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- ItemDefamiliarizing preaching : a homiletical investigation into the renewal of preaching in the South Korean context(Stellenbosch : Stellenbosch University, 2016-11-23) Lee, Seungwoo; Cilliers, Johan; Stellenbosch University. Faculty of Theology. Dept. of Practical Theology and Missiology.ENGLISH ABSTRACT: The preaching ministry has been facing the crisis of boredom and banality in sermons. Although homiletics scholars have tried to overcome this problem, especially scholars who lean towards the New Homiletics, the problem of boring preaching seems to remain. Having this in mind, the researcher has tried to find a way towards the renewal and refreshing of preaching, especially in the Korean church context, through overcoming and complementing the limitations of the New Homiletics. The research has resulted in presenting “defamiliarization”, the theory of Russian Formalism, as a solution to the problem. Boredom resulting from preaching occurs for several reasons. In this dissertation, familiarity and repetition are presented as among these reasons. In the preaching context as a long-term ministry, familiarity and repetition are structurally incurred. It means that the situation is as follows: a preacher delivers a sermon to the congregation based on the Bible text – from just one textbook – for a long time. In other words, it is the same preacher, the same hearers and the same text. In addition, the Bible presents similar stories, as in the Gospels. And many preachers have favourite parts in the Bible from which they preach. In these contexts, occurrence of familiarity and repetition cannot be avoided. Therefore, to refresh and make the sermon ‘strange’ is an essential need. Defamiliarization may provide a good method. To clearly apply defamiliarization to preaching, the researcher investigated the notion of “impeding perception” and tried to find various ways to apply defamiliarization in preaching, with the focus on both the device and the content of preaching. The reason was the need to overcome and complement limitations and weak points identified in both the New Homiletics theory and in Russian Formalism. The suggestion is that a preacher who wants to refresh preaching to escape the problems of boring preaching should not focus on aspects of techniques for defamiliarization only, but should also attend to aspects of the content of preaching. In addition, the preacher would need to alternate various means to achieve the effect of impeding perception to prevent the methods he uses from also becoming familiar to the congregation through repeated use. In this sense, the essential aim of preachers who seek to refresh preaching should be to focus on the story of the Bible, which is strange and mysterious in itself, while using the methods of defamiliarization.
- ItemThe relationship between preaching and worship : a practical-theology enquiry(Stellenbosch : Stellenbosch University, 2014-04) Lee, Seungwoo; Cilliers, Johan; Stellenbosch University. Faculty of Theology. Dept. of Practical Theology and Missiology.ENGLISH ABSTRACT: Preaching is a very important part of church ministry. The Reformed church has devoted their efforts and endeavors to the Word and preaching that delivers the Word. Therefore, homiletics has developed again and again. In classical preaching, homiletics has developed from traditional homiletics to new homiletics, even until postliberal homiletics. In these developments of homiletics, there are many parts to be dealt with regarding preaching, such as the communication between the preacher and the audience, narrative approaches in preaching, and so on. Worship as the context of preaching, however, has not been dealt with adequately in homiletics. Preaching is a part of worship and almost all preaching occurs within worship. Preaching is closely connected with worship as a whole, as well as with other parts of worship. Moreover, worship is the context of preaching. Yet, worship as the context of preaching has not been considered in homiletics in many cases. Therefore, in this study the writer indicated that worship is the important context of preaching that we should pay attention to. The relationship between worship and preaching was also dealt with. Worship affects preaching because worship as a whole is the context of preaching, which in turn is a part of that whole. In other words, worship should affect preaching and furthermore, the direction and focus of worship should affect the direction and content of preaching. Besides, preaching is defined in the worship service and clarified in the consideration of the relationship between worship and preaching. The focus of worship is God. Not only worship in the Reformed church, but also all other worship services focus on God and God‘s works. Worship is the place to reveal the glory and greatness of God, and the way that God is revealed is through preaching. Preaching, affected by the direction and focus of worship, should be God-centered. The content and purpose of preaching should be God and the glory of God. The consideration of the relationship between worship and preaching not only defines the content and focus of preaching, but can also show a new perspective about preaching. Through this consideration, the importance of the content of preaching is stressed and the importance of the form and style of preaching can be changed. Moreover, the concern of worship as the context of preaching can give a new method to criticize homiletics theories. Thus, worship is an important element as the context of preaching. Worship should always be considered in homiletics. In addition, the relationship between worship and preaching should be continually considered and studied in homiletics.