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Improving Preaching by Listening to Listeners

Sunday Service Preaching in the Malagasy Lutheran Church


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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Index of Authors A Abinal and Malzac: 125–126, 130 Allen, Ronald J.: 23–24, 26, 139, 147, 189, 190 Almer, Hans: 11–12, 14, 25–26 Andersen, Øivind: 140, 143, 145, 185 Andriamboavonjy, Hanitriniaina Ravaomalala, and Gasstsar: 205– 207, 215 Austnaberg, Hans: 35, 199, 201 B Bakke, Arild: 40 Bartow, Charles L.: 180 Belrose-Huygues, Vincent: 176 Bevans, Stephen B.: 216 Björkstrand, Gustav: 23 Bouwer, Leoni: 35, 95, 176, 211, 213 Burke, Kenneth: 135 185, 189 Bürkle, Horst: 28 Buttrick, David: 142 C Carrell, Lori: 24 Childers, Jana: 142 Chipwatanga, Laban Felix: 27 Conover, Robert E.: 185 Craddock, Fred: 24 Cunningham, David S.: 118, 139, 143, 145, 154, 177, 191–192, 194 D Dahl, Otto Chr.: 176 Dahl, Øyvind: 187 Dahle, Lars: 33 Daiber, Karl Fritz et al.: 25 Day, David: 142, 155, 193, 208, 212 Day, David, Jeff Astley, and Leslie J. Francis: 142 F Fiske, John: 8, Forslund, Eskil: 30 G Gadamer, Hans G.: 192 Geest, Hans van der: 24 Gitari, David M.: 28 Grandthyll, B.: 24 H Harbsmeier, Eberhard, and Hans Raun Iversen: 200 Hiebert, Paul G.: 216 Hiim, Hilde, and Else Hippe: 149 Hogan, Lucy Lind, and Robert Reid: 111, 114, 137–140, 143, 145, 146–147, 154, 160–161, 185–187, 191–192, 194–195, 207–208 Holbert, John C.: 140, 200 Horne, M.: 33 Hummelvoll, Jan Kåre, and António Barbosa da Silva: 12–13 Hübsch, Bruno: 37 I Imahamanina, Raozin: 150 236 Improving Preaching by Listening to Listeners J...

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