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Improving Preaching by Listening to Listeners

Sunday Service Preaching in the Malagasy Lutheran Church

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Hans Austnaberg

Improving Preaching by Listening to Listeners: Sunday Service Preaching in the Malagasy Lutheran Church explores the reaction of the congregation to Sunday preaching. Preaching has been a significant activity since the founding of the Lutheran Church in Madagascar in 1867. However, hardly any research has been carried out to explore this interesting field, particularly from the listeners’ perspective. This book is an attempt to remedy this situation.
With the aid of methodology from rhetorical studies, adapted into homiletics, this book investigates: How do the character of the preacher, the content of the sermon, and its emotional appeal impact the listeners in such a way that preaching becomes significant in their lives? Listeners consider the preacher himself important, both his spiritual and everyday life. They evaluate his good intentions, whether he believes in his own message, and whether his message is moulded by an encounter with the risen Lord. The Bible provides the sermon’s basic content and foundation, and The Holy Spirit is considered an active agent in the preaching event. The listeners encounter words from God through the sermon. They can experience change in their lives by listening to preaching from caring pastors who create presence for important issues for change to happen.
The Malagasy context and culture form the backcloth throughout the investigation, and this book specifically investigates Malagasy rhetoric, that is, the public speech tradition with regard to its possible role in increasing the impact of preaching on the listeners.

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Preface and Acknowledgments ............................................................................... xi Introduction ............................................................................................................... 1 The listeners’ reception of preaching .............................................................. 2 Motivation and purpose .................................................................................... 3 Chapter one: Methodology of the project ............................................................... 7 The main problem and the research questions ............................................... 7 Data production and clarification of the material ........................................ 10 Presentation of the informants ....................................................................... 14 Analysis and writing ....................................................................................... 15 Reliability, validity and ethical considerations ............................................. 18 Chapter two: Research context .............................................................................. 23 The turn to the listener ................................................................................... 23 Research on preaching in Africa ................................................................... 26 Literature on preaching in Madagascar ....................................................... 31 Chapter Three: Political instability during fieldwork ......................................... 37 PART ONE: PRESENTATION OF THE FINDINGS ........................................ 43 Chapter Four: Presentation of places of research and sermons ......................... 45 City church ...................................................................................................... 45 Church.......................................................................................................... 45 Service 15 November 2009 .......................................................................... 45 Preacher ....................................................................................................... 46 Sermon ......................................................................................................... 46 Countryside church......................................................................................... 50 Church.......................................................................................................... 50 Service 22 November 2009 .......................................................................... 50 viii Improving Preaching by Listening to Listeners Preacher ....................................................................................................... 51 Sermon ......................................................................................................... 51 Town church .................................................................................................... 54 Church.......................................................................................................... 54 Service 29 November 2009 .......................................................................... 54 Preacher ....................................................................................................... 55 Sermon ......................................................................................................... 55 Chapter Five: The significance of the preacher ................................................... 59 Respect for the preacher ................................................................................. 59 Is it helpful to know the preacher? ................................................................ 61 What is the ideal pastor like? ......................................................................... 63 Does the preacher know the listeners? .......................................................... 65 The preacher’s exterior .................................................................................. 69 Problematic words and attitudes during the sermon ................................... 70 Embodiment of the sermon ............................................................................ 71 Summary .......................................................................................................... 75 Chapter Six: What the preacher said .................................................................... 77 What was the main content of the sermon? .................................................. 77 City church ................................................................................................... 78 Town church ................................................................................................ 81 Countryside church ...................................................................................... 85 What ought sermons to be about? ................................................................ 88 “God’s words come out of his mouth” .......................................................... 89 The Bible ..................................................................................................... 89 What is said...

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