Here are twenty great quotes from Eugene Lowry’s The Homiletical Plot.

20 Quotes from The Homiletical Plot:

“Rather than perceiving ourselves as engineers or architects, we view preaching as an art form and see ourselves as artists.”

“Our task in preaching is to facilitate the homiletical birth and development of such an idea grounded in the gospel.”

“Like any good storyteller, the preacher’s task is to “bring the folks home”—that is, resolve matters in the light of the gospel and in the presence of the people.”

“We…need to take major responsibility for the congregation’s engagement”

“A title known in advance of a sermon should itself be ambiguous—making listeners wonder what the sermon will be about.”

“The first step in a preached sermon is to upset the equilibrium.”

“The preacher should go through the process of analysis with the congregation.”

“Poor sermons are made easy because they remain at the behavioral level, and behavior tends to involve a rather simple either-or dynamic.”

“There is a radical discontinuity between the gospel and worldly wisdom which itself constitutes the underlying reversal.”

“There are two kinds of preachers. The one has something to say but doesn’t know how to say it, and the other knows how to say it but has nothing to say.”

“The actual content of the proclamation of the good news must be consistent with the diagnosis which precedes it.”

“With the gospel proclaimed, the homilist is then ready to ask: What consequences can now be anticipated as a result of this intersection of gospel and human predicament.”

“One does not “find it” at all. One gets found!”

“Freedom is a consequence of the grace of God.”

“The preached Word makes possible the redemption into new life by its announcement of what God has done and is doing.”

“The fact of death—often visible by the presence of a casket—has already upset the equilibrium. The preacher does not need to take time and energy to do what death has already done.”

“There come those extraordinary moments in the life of the church when a pastor faithful to the gospel and to conscience must bring a prophetic, healing, troubled, or celebrative witness to the congregation which by its very nature violates any and all sermonic rules.”

“Almost every pastor upon occasion has had the unusual and joyful experience of sitting down to begin work on a sermon and having the sermon unfold almost immediately.”

“The most important issue regarding the preparation of a sermon has to do not with the specific process itself, but with the kind of preparation that should happen before one sits down to begin any sermon.”

“The average child is a far better story-teller than the average adult.”