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Touchstones for Preaching

Touchstone 4: Shaping the Homily

Once the preacher has decided on the content of the homily, the next task is to organize the content into a sequence of ideas that will communicate the content clearly and engage listeners. Two forms for organizing or structuring the homily are the deductive method and the inductive method. This presentation outlines the two forms and identifies their respective strengths and limitations. The presentation also explains the difference between a homily and a sermon.

Presented June 20, 2011. | Transcript

Questions for Reflection

  • Can you identify which homiletic form you customarily utilize: inductive, deductive or another?
  • Are you willing to experiment with the inductive form if it has not been your customary homily form?