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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While I hope you were blessed by it, this summary was really intended for myself as I actively read the book.

Log In Sign Up. In the movement from “itch to scratch,” we hope you too homietical sense the abundant richness of God’s good news, nomiletical the wounds of our troubled world.

One puts bricks of thought together and tries to make it look nice. There are two kinds of preachers. The opening stage of upsetting the equilibrium should be required reading for every preacher.

It is an excellent resource for sermon preparation. Instead of comments on a biblical passage, Lowry suggested that the sermon follow a narrative form that moves from beginning to end, as with the plot of a story.


He presents a good case for thinking of sermons as horizontal rather than vertical, an event in time rather than space, progressing rather than static, organically developed rather than constructed. On the other hand it highlights the dividing line between New Homiletic and those of us who would hold back homiketical being counted in that camp. We love ambiguity, suspense and resolve. There are three weaknesses worth noting.

May 12, at 5: Why do the translations do what they do?

Perhaps the greatest problem with the book for those of us committed ppot expository homiletidal relates to explaining the biblical text. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: How to find ambiguity: The Sermon as Narrative Art Form, suggests that rather than a doctrinal lecture, a homily should be more like a play or novel, which grips us with tension right from the start and keeps us listening until scripture resolves the dilemma.

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Whoever gave that advice is an idiot! Deductive — Starts with the Word. Hoomiletical its release, The Homiletical Plot quickly became a pivotal work on the art of preaching. Sermons, like old time Westerns, don’t really get going until trouble comes to town. Specifically, why is that the case? Disclosing the Clue to Resolution.


However, it is important to note that Lowry is not suggesting the forcing of any text into his 5-stage loop. This book would benefit all of us as preachers. I appreciate your blog. What brought them here? Preaching John Robert Kysar Limited preview.

Anyways I was blessed by it thanks as I just read the book yesterday and had various notes all over yet finding his has tightend everything up thanks again!

Others talk about how grand and awesome the trip was with no particulars. Some aspects of it may not fully satisfy all of us.

The Homiletical Plot: The Sermon as Narrative Art Form – Eugene L. Lowry – Google Books

Notify me of new comments via email. Find the problem from human experience. Rather than push people to act, let the gospel remove the barriers. This entry was posted in Uncategorized. Ambiguity of some form is the key.