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Brian Mi

Mode: Regular
Date: 6-5-2020
Question One
Ever preacher has their own way of communicating the gospel which is different by experience, social
setting, human and cultural needs, the roles they play in the society, their exposure and more so their gender.
Many women use different styles of preaching which is good to show their experience in society, their
education level, and interaction with other cultural practices of the society. I will be looking at the
difference between the preaching of women and men.
To begin with women have been denied a place in the pulpit. The Orthodox Church and African instituted
church and more strict churches have barred the women from accessing the pulpit. The voice of a woman
is less heard in the pulpit. Many female scholar are fighting this view and ensuring that women are given
leadership position on the altar. For example the Reformed Church of East Africa is ordaining women into
priesthood the Anglican church too. The early religious restriction are loosening.. Women talk out of the
experience they have on how churches and religious organizations have categorized them and assigned
them in a lower position. This shared experience is seen in most churches which do not allow ordination
of women into priesthood order. Other church which have allowed they still have restriction on which
position a woman can hold. For example; the position of a bishop in most church is still reserved for men.
Compared to men counterparts who have got a place of privilege in accessing a pulpit, and easy way
through to ordination, the kind of preaching between men a women in the same religious setting is totally
Then there is the culture. Many women are pushed back to the cave with the backward cultural practice
and social duties like giving birth. When they are unable to do that she is insulted as a woman who got
married to fill the lavatory. Her experience has shaped all her writing and even the for formation of a circle
of concern theologian women. Society look about women has influence their preaching. Most societies
especially in their world countries still view a woman as an inferior creation who concern should not be
heard. In fact most Africa society socializes sons to assume responsibility to lead women from early life.
The biased empowerment of boys and girls has influenced the approach of preaching between men and
women. When men are preaching from a socio-cultural privileged platform, women are trying to preach
from the socio-cultural oppressions hence difference in preaching.
Study had shown that women preach form their personal experiences or experiences of their fellow women
in the society. This approach uses story telling as an appropriate means to convey message. Such stories
cannot be preach with the charisma of shouting preaching but with the soberness of a story telling approach.
The tale of a woman who was robbed the chance to name her son is totally difference with the boastful tale
of the man who was privileged to name his grandson hence the difference in preaching.
The use of images. Women use image that shows their oppression under a man dominated society. Women
are supposed to fight for their rightful places in the society. Men dominated pulpit does not express gender
freeing expressions. Men preaching are full direct comparison which uses expression of direct comparison
like similes.
Finally When women are preaching they will like to ask questions. ‘what is your opinion about this’, ‘’what
can we copy from this story’, what can we borrow from this story’. This women statement see the bible as
a book with lots of biases hence applying it as one word can cause more harm than good. Women assume
that the bible is not cast upon a stone hence to question, share and approach it with discussion. Men however
have assumed to know the bible well hence not giving a good exegesis
The thirst for education. Most women are now going to school hence getting exposed than earlier days.
Education has shown a lot of impact in the sermons delivered by both men and women. Topics like
feminism theology have empowered women and changed sermons. Exposure to knowledge has proved to
be a powerful to that has changed the way the scriptures are read and interpreted and the ways sermons are
delivered. In this view, the women and men sermons are definitely different.
The above discussion we can see that the choice of the way to present the sermon has changed who woman
and men approached issues as women approached it in a most personal manner the men approach in a
general manner. This has contributed to the difference in the sermons delivered by women and men.
Question ONE B
In my preaching teach mostly and use stories and questions. This is because storytelling related to the
people’s lives and experiences. This knowledge does not only give me an upper hand to make my sermon
to fit the needs of the immediate people but more associated with them in their daily issues. Story telling
also has helped me to relate with the people. For those who are of older age they love to listen to their
cultural affiliation tales. They love to hear a young person show learning form their cherished culture.
In Africa stories are society has accustomed itself to stories; hence the approach of telling those stories is
a rich heritance as a media of passing forth values. It is easy to use stories than to use the complicated
approaches like philosophies, the ones used by preachers like Apostle Paul in the New Testament. Story
telling has also worked as a means to align all the thought in a manner that is not confusing. This approach
ensures that I can chronologically follow the issues as they unravel in the story. The approach also ensures
that the issues are not left behind or omitted. Since the story flow the points also flows with the story.
Teaching is a convenient and rich tool which is handy. I choose to use teaching approach because it is
effective to a people who are trying to understand. The fundamental of my preaching are always full of
dogmas, hence when such concepts are shared they should be elaborated with ease and soberness for the
congregation to understand. Teaching approach also ensures that the congregation retains as much as
possible from the teaching. Teaching also has worked well with me since in Africa societies shouting is
considered as raising voices to people hence rude. Shouting in a way to put yourself in an knowledgeable
position is termed as pride. Shouting approach might trigger rebellion.
On other hand dialogue approach is so effective when handling the Youth Ministry, Teens Ministry and
the Sunday School Ministry whom I prefer to just sit in a circle and share the teaching in a question and
answering model. This approach has enabled me to understand the needs and preferences of the young
people’s congregation which has in a way enabled me to tailor the materials to fit the group.
Question Two
The preacher in the regular Sunday sermon emphasis on the importance of one being alive. They use the
statement like you have a purpose in life. You have a meaning in this life and you must use every means
to live fully your life in your flesh form. The clarity is Life is good and sacred and it should be protected
and guarded. On other hand the funeral sermon is focused on the continuing concern of life. The preacher
makes it clear that life does not end with the grave but goes on in a more advanced form. The prominent
statement in funeral sermon is the view that life is eternal and no ending concern.
The prevailing message in the every Sunday sermon is human being should strive to live in peace and
harmony with one another so as we can make the world a better place. The daily life is directed by the
conformation to the Christian ethics set in the bible. The message is be good and you will be rewarded with
Good, be bad and you will be rewarded with punishment. This sermon puts the responsibility to the living
man to meet the set standards of a God. The struggle is personal and requires commitment. While on the
other hand, a funeral sermon has message of the amazing grace of God which is shown even to those who
do not qualify. This is shown through good testimonies shared in the funeral services and sermons.
The regular Sunday sermon in most cases communicated in an ordinary self-voice or if it is manipulated it
is done so by either projecting the sound, emphasizing on issues like giving and living well with others.
This sermon is full of self-testimonies and examples of other people experience. The congregation now
and then responds with words of Hallelujah and Amen. However the funeral sermon is more of a calm
consoling and comforting sermon. The preacher might not project his voice but code it to be sympathizing
with the people who are suffering. The words are with somber mood and full of hope that help will come.
The preacher retains their originality yet manipulating them a little to fit the context.
Sunday sermon the preacher expresses their love towards God by the how they elevate God as a God of
life. Statement like God is a life, and the living God are used to express that God is not just an ideology or
object that is dead but a living being who influence daily living. The preacher will use phrases like, my
God is able…this personalization of God shows the love of God. The preacher also expresses love towards
the people. In most church where interaction in done, most preachers will interject their preaching with
words like, ‘somebody say amen’, rhetoric questions like; ‘who is happy to be in the house of the Lord’.
This statement and hymn like amazing grace or He touched me shows the love. However the funeral sermon
has less, God is good sentiments. Preachers trade careful not to paint God as a God who enjoys the suffering
of the people in lose. There is less rhetoric questions and less responses.
Finally when doing expository of scripture on a regular Sunday, scripture takes a more application approach
in relation to the life and ways to handle the daily occurrences in our daily Christian life. On the other hand,
funeral sermon handles the try to relate death as part of human part that should be appreciated. Though the
Sunday sermon gives a view of appreciating life more a funeral service encourage people to know that
death in real and not a punishment but a way of life.