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Verstaanbare prediking is eenvoudige prediking: ’n Prakties-teologiese besinning oor die styl van prediking

Ferdinand P. Kruger
In die Skriflig/In Luce Verbi | Vol 46, No 2 | a62 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/ids.v46i2.62 | © 2012 Ferdinand P. Kruger | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 10 July 2012 | Published: 27 November 2012

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Ferdinand P. Kruger, School for Ecclesiology, Potchefstroom Campus, North-West University, South Africa


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Abstract

Prediking is intensioneel en wil verandering bewerk. Onder die prediking vind interaksie en kommunikasie tussen prediker en hoorder plaas. Die oomblik wanneer die prediker skryf of praat, maak hy of sy van styl gebruik. Styl is vir die prediker soos die kleur wat ’n kunstenaar gebruik. Die navorsingshipotese in die artikel is dat gebrekkige styl daartoe bydra dat God nie reg gehoor word in die prediking nie. In hierdie artikel word van ’n driedeling gebruik gemaak waarin ’n analiserende beskrywing van die prakties-teologiese situasie gebied word. Aan die hand van basisteoretiese perspektiewe word die normatiewe gesigspunte gestel, waarna veranderingstrategieë voorgestel word. Vanuit die Jakobusbrief word perspektiewe na vore gebring wat die noodsaak van goeie styl in die prediking benadruk. In die metateoretiese besinning word die kontoere van die Kunsgeskiedenis asook Kommunikasiekunde verken. In die praktykteoretiese perspektiewe wat bespreek word, word die ruimte wat stylvolle prediking moet skep, aangestip. Sodoende word dit benadruk dat enige styl nie noodwendig die korrekte styl is nie. ’n Goeie styl wend die regte woorde op die regte plekke in die preek aan en daarom is goeie styl eenvoudig en verstaanbaar.

Comprehensible preaching is simple preaching: A practical-theological reflection on preaching style. There is interdependence between preaching and transformation in the lives of hearers. There is a relationship of interaction and communication between preacher and hearers, exists in the act of preaching. When preachers open their mouths, style is used. Artists use colour in their paintings, but preachers use words to colour the content of their message. The research question for this investigation is therefore: What is the effect of an unclear style in sermons? The hypothesis for this research is that an unclear style in sermons does not change lives and fails to bring hearers into the presence of God. The research field is explored by coming to grips with the current practical theological situation. This article investigates certain meta-theoretical perspectives from the fields of Art History and Communication Skills. Basic-theoretical perspectives will be derived from the letter of James and normative vantage points will unfold. The researcher reaches the conclusion that good style creates a space in which hearers can communicate with God. A specific style of preaching is not necessarily the best style to use. Good style uses the correct words in the right places. Good style in a sermon makes preaching clear and comprehensible.

Keywords

Styl; Preekstyl; Struktuur

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