CONTENTS of COMMUNICATING THE WORD OF GOD

From “COMMUNICATING THE WORD OF GOD. Practical Methods of Presenting the Biblical Message” by J N M Wijngaards, Theological Publications in India, Bangalore 560 055, 1974. First published in Great Britain in 1978 by MAYHEW-McCRIMMON LTD Great Wakering, Essex, England.

Chapter One. INTRODUCTION

On how to use this book

A word about origins

A “do-it-yourself” course

A special word to teachers

On sermons and conferences

Reflections on the role of Scripture

PART ONE.  SCRIPTURE AS MESSAGE AND MEDIUM

Chapter Two. BIBLICAL REVIVAL

What is biblical revival?

Extracts or summaries won’t do

How to make Scripture our daily food

Communicating the Word.

Chapter Three. THE AUTHORITY OF SCRIPTURE TODAY

The crisis of authority

Secularism and the idea of revelation

The Gospel and hol disquiet

A new kind of authority

The unexpected task

The new authority of God’s Word

Chapter Four. ON LISTENING AND ASKING QUESTIONS

The preacher as communicator

Jesus’ models of preaching

Let the audience speak

Chapter Five. THE ALMOND BRANCH AND THE BOILING POT

Party line or real life?

The frayed edges of life

Re-living Scipture in our own world.

PART TWO. THE TECHNIQUES

Chapter Six. NARRATION

Every story has a purpose

Hinge of the Covenant

Analysing a biblical story

Narrative force

Historicity and artistic presentation

Simple free narration

The story-reflection-story approach

Some hints from practice

Chapter Seven. BIBLICAL PERSONALITIES

Biographies in Scripture?

Visual images

How to make a protrait

Portrait-reflection approach

The right choice

Some do’s and don’ts

The one-point example.

Chapter Eight. MOTIFS AND THEMES

Motifs in works of art

Motifs in scripture

Zooming in and weeding out

Motif-inspired exposition of a text

And what about biblical themes?

Serialised exposition of a motif

A sermon on eating and drinking with God

Meditation on friendship and reconciliation

Chapter Nine. PERSPECIVE, IMAGINATION, MYSTERY

Theological perspective

Imaginative perspective

Imaginative elaboration

Mystery ramble

Chapter Ten. READING SCRIPTURE TO OTHERS

The need of translation

A word about versions

Decoding

Formulating the key message

Simple guided reading

Commentated reading

Some further suggestions

Chapter Eleven. STATEMENTS, LAWS AND PROVERBS

The classical homily

Spotlight exegesis

Comparative Gospel study

Laws and proverbs

Chapter Twelve. WITNESS AND PROPHECY

Speaking about ourselves

What is witness?

Witness in communication

Prophecy as found in scripture

Prophecy today

SAMPLE SYLLABUS

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

REFERENCES / NOTES