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Religion and Theology
Pages 3 (753 words)
The story in the fifteenth chapter of Mark (15:1-47) is often used for Palm Sunday. This scripture provides many homiletic challenges . The story talks of trials and death of Jesus Christ .
In a bid to evaluating various homiletic challenges in this story, the issues of significant concern include the preacher to preach this text, problems arising from the text for a contemporary congregation, and surprise twists within the story. In addition, the paper attempts to identify different ways through which image and story can be used beyond strict analogy in shaping the lives of contemporary Christians. It is evident from this paper that there are different ways through which sermons on the story can be used to shape lives of Christians. Effects of the text on life of a community as well as the future of this story form part of the paper. Evidently, anyone who can understand and interpret various messages in this long passage can preach the text. After all, preaching simply entails delivering a sermon or religious address to a group of followers. Preaching also includes teaching or proclaiming some religious messages3. Therefore, it is possible that anyone having the ability to address a gathering or assemblage of persons can preach this text. Nonetheless, not all preachers will find this text good to preach4. Other than its length, the text poses homiletic issues especially with reference to contemporary Christians. What’s more, preaching this text requires an emotionally strong preacher who can overcome emotions especially from the congregation given that this scripture evokes a lot of emotions. ...
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