It is almost ten years since I first read Lowry’s The Homiletical Plot. It was in preparation to teach an elective course for our two week “Winterim.” The “aha!. The Homiletical Plot provides a plotline for narrative sermons which suggests the preacher might typically move through five discernible stages. The Homiletical Plot The Sermon as Narrative Art Form a.k.a. “The Lowry Loop” by Eugene L. Lowry A book summary by Rob Guenther.

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Eugene Lowry in The Homiletical Plot: Learn how your comment data is processed. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. Think of the last part of homilefical movie, book, or play where the tension is resolved but now things are all set in order. Dirty Rotten Scoundrels — The shift comes when you realize the con men are being conned. Lpot book is a good tool for a beginning preacher or someone looking for a classic text in homiletics.

The Gospel itself is a reversal. How to find ambiguity: How can I reverse them? Specifically, why is that the case? Expository sermons can be most exciting because they have as their locus of authority and meaning God, himself! My library Help Advanced Book Search. We at Watershed have used this book for many years in our Sunday messages, hoping to let God-in-scripture move us deeper to the real homiletica, of the matter.


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Gospel Pairings for some examples of how this might work. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here Wouldn’t it be great if scripture could have a felt relevance for our complicated lives, both social and personal?

Ambiguity of some form is the key. Email homileticsl Address never made public.

What is the Homiletical Plot?

Disclosing the Clue to Resolution. I have read Lowry, but am going to re-skim it and apply the principles to 1 Chron. However, it is important to note that Lowry is not suggesting the forcing of any text into his 5-stage loop.

All this is to say that this summary is not really a substitute for reading the book yourself. Chapter Seven — Whee! Even for the expository sermon, illustrations and sensory descriptions help take the congregation into the ancient world of Scripture.

Whether or not you have read much from New Homiletic writers, Lowry is well worth reading. Print this page Email this page Display this page. This charge cannot be leveled at Lowry. May 12, at 5: None of these are attempts to be clever, but allowing yourself to take off the blinders and to be surprised by the gospel. But be sure to resolve them! Perhaps the greatest problem with the book for those of us committed to expository preaching relates to explaining the biblical text.


A good movie does the same… Sixth Sense — The shift comes when you realize the main character is dead.

Review: The Homiletical Plot, by Eugene Lowry

Log In Sign Up. Produce imbalance for the sake of engagement. Learn to become a good storyteller. I just finished reading this book.

This expanded edition continues to be an excellent teaching resource and learning tool for all preachers from introductory students to bomiletical clergy. It doesn’t need to be that way though. The notion of a sudden shift is surely a powerful concept and I appreciated the positive approach to concluding the sermon.

Not just a means to get the point. Consider the opposite of the way things appear. With the tough task of thorough diagnosis done, applying the prescription of the gospel is the fun part.

Deductive — Starts with the Word. This is how I echo back to the book.

Other New Homiletic writers have been criticized for writing well, homileticall failing to provide a clear model of what they are suggesting.

Upon its release, The Homiletical Plot quickly became a pivotal work on the art of preaching.