Subject Code THL320

Subject Name Homiletics

Duration One semester

Availability Semester 2 every year

Level Advanced

Subject Units 8

Core/Elective Core

Delivery Mode Face to face at St Francis College – the Brisbane Campus for CSU School of Theology and Canberra Internal

Student Workload

Contact hours 3-4 hours per week Reading, study and preparation 3-4 hours per week Assignment preparation 3-4 hours per week

TOTAL: 160 hours in the semester

Prerequisites Students are recommended to have prior knowledge equivalent to or studied THL115 and THL120

Incompatible Subjects Not available to students who have completed THL469 Homiletics


This subject introduces students to the principles and practice of homiletics. It explores issues of biblical interpretation in the homiletic context, the theology of proclamation and the spiritual and vocational orientation of the preacher. This subject also provides students with analytical tools for evaluating homilies.

Prescribed Texts

The Practice of Preaching by Paul Scott Wilson,

Steeped in the Holy by Raewynne Whiteley


This subject will cover the following topics:

•The Christian preaching tradition

•The Interpretation of Scripture

•Preaching the OT

•Preaching the NT

•Theology of proclamation

•On being a preacher: pastoral and ethical considerations in contemporary cultural and technological contexts

•Tradition and history (including the Reformed Tradition)

•Sermon types, including the online environment

•The critique of homilies

•Preparation and delivery (orality)

•Resources for preaching: Lectionary, commentaries, online resources

•The place of the homily in worship and the homily as worship

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:

•be able to identify the main elements of the Christian homiletic/preaching tradition;

•be able to prepare and deliver a biblically and theologically literate homily/sermon for a prescribed setting;

•be able to demonstrate a capacity for individual and collective critique of homilies/sermons in terms of their theological clarity, overall presentation and contextual suitability;

•be able to demonstrate an understanding of both pastoral responsibilities and public accountabilities associated with the homiletic/preaching task in contemporary cultural and technological contexts;

•be able to articulate and to analyse critically the role of the community in the homiletical interpretation of Scripture; and

•be able to demonstrate self-guided learning, including advanced research, writing and communication skills.

Assessment Tasks

Essay x2 each 25%; (first essay on the history and purpose of preaching; second essay comparing three historic sermons); Sermon with rationale and reflection 50%