Sermons That Sing
Sermons That Sing
  • Length: 208 pages
  • Published: August 17, 2021
  •  Forthcoming
  • ISBN: 978-0-8308-4933-8
  • Item Code: 4933
  • Case Quantity: 48

Preaching and music are both regular elements of Christian worship across the theological spectrum. But they often don't interact or inform each other in meaningful ways.

In this Dynamics of Christian Worship volume, theologian, pastor, and musician Noel A. Snyder considers how the church's preaching might be helpfully informed by musical theory. Just as a good musical composition employs technical elements like synchrony, repetition, and meter, the same should be said for good preaching that seeks to engage hearts and minds with the good news of Jesus Christ.

By drawing upon music that lifts the soul, preachers might craft sermons that sing.

"A fresh and fascinating look into the practice and history of preaching through the lens of music. An insightful and intelligent offering to the field of homiletics even for those who would never call themselves musicians, as Snyder's clear and winsome writing draws the reader into a rich and lively conversation between the two. A great text for those who want to get beyond the noise of preaching and attend to the deeper rhythms within."

Mary S. Hulst, college chaplain at Calvin University

"Throughout the history of preaching, there have been preachers who proclaim the gospel in a musical fashion. They chant, intone, or sing their sermons, literally. Noel Snyder takes readers deeper than historical practice to a theological and methodological framework for engaging homiletical theory through the lens of musicology. Like a musical homiletician, he teaches us how preaching makes music through synchrony, repetition, and teleology. Like a sermonic conductor, he directs us in the gospel symphony of Jesus Christ that is a melody we all should sing. Like a pastoral musician, Snyder leads us to recognize that the melodious good news in the pulpit should be the faithful reverberation of the musical tune of doxology on the altar of our hearts. This book is a must-read for those who desire to practice a hymnic homiletic."

Luke A. Powery, dean of Duke University Chapel and associate professor of homiletics, Duke University


List of Figures
Foreword by Jeremy Begbie

1. The Conversation Between Music and Preaching
2. Synchrony and Unity
3. Repetition and Patience
4. Teleology and Hope
5. A Musical Homiletic in Practice

Name Index
Subject Index
Scripture Index

Author of Noel A. Snyder

Noel A. Snyder (PhD, Fuller Theological Seminary) is program manager at the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship at Calvin University and an ordained teaching elder in the Presbyterian Church (USA). He was previously a chaplain and director of spiritual life at Alma College and an associate pastor of worship and discipleship at First Reformed Church. He lives in Grand Rapids, Michigan, with his wife, Heidi, and their three children.

BY Noel A. Snyder