• June 12, 2019

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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The former is an organic approach to preaching that develops sermons using temporal sequencing to develop a sermonic experience, the latter could take any form, but uses a biblical story as its text. The other lets the story develop and tell itself. What consequences can be anticipated as a result of this intersection of gospel and human predicament?

Whether or not you have read much from New Homiletic writers, Lowry is well worth reading. But be sure to resolve them! Notify me of new posts via email.

This entry was posted in Uncategorized. Chapter Eight — Yeah! About robguenther Ploot Lutheran pastor who likes to read. Lowry is William K. Wouldn’t it be great if scripture could pot a felt relevance for our complicated lives, both social and personal? His work overlaps considerably with Fred Craddock.


Even for the expository sermon, illustrations and sensory descriptions help take the congregation into the ancient world of Scripture.

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Review: The Homiletical Plot, by Eugene Lowry

This plto is very helpful, clarifying elements of the book and providing an overview of the New Homiletic field. I found it fascinating and wish I could prepare a sermon like that.

Pull out the rug from under them. Learn to become a good storyteller.

Lowry Limited preview – There are three homiltical worth noting. This book will appeal to a broad spectrum of Christendom, and deliberately so, but some of us may feel the need to translate some of its teaching into our paradigm.

The Image of the Sermon.

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

Print this page Email this page Display this page. Account Options Sign in. There are two kinds of preachers. Funerals will be different because death itself already upsets the equilibrium. Upon its release, The Homiletical Plot quickly became a pivotal work on the art of preaching.


The reader of Lowry is left with a different trio: Minor ambiguities also plor draw hlmiletical. While this text cannot be vetted without several caveats, it is a useful text in preaching the narrative genre well.

Depict rather than report. Expository sermons can be most exciting because they have as pplot locus of authority and meaning God, himself! Lowry — Start inductive. Stop between explicit actions to see implicit actions.

Incompletion leaves them hanging for a resolution. Some tell the story of getting from the hotel to the market, but never say what city they were in.

It is an excellent resource for sermon preparation. Log In Sign Up. You are commenting using your Twitter account. Westminster John Knox,