Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Preaching Beyond the Hedges: A Psycho-Social and Spiritual Exegesis of University Students
by Cook, Raymond Clark, D.Min., Aquinas Institute of Theology, 2020, 153; 27999850
Abstract (Summary)

Community exegesis is gaining interest among preachers as a means to communicate the Word of God to a particular group, time, and location. The work of Lenora Tubbs Tisdale and her study of communal exegesis marks a significant influence on this interest. The Second Vatican Council also calls upon the preacher to utilize language to tailor the Word of God for the listener. Relying on the study of social location and combining that effort with psychological, social, and spiritual disciplines, preachers engage concepts that aid in the exegesis of today’s university students. This study demonstrates that exegeting the Scriptures and the community is beneficial to the psycho-spiritual cognitive development of students.

This thesis examines disciplines that equip preachers to exegete the university student community, thereby contributing to a better preaching event. To that end, the first chapter describes the importance of studying the historical and observable social location in which the students are living. The second chapter treats psychological stage development and current struggles that today’s undergraduates are experiencing. The third chapter considers two specific research methods and ways that preachers might implement them. These research methods uncover the language of university students, as reflected in conversations with focus groups. The fourth chapter examines the fruits of Emmaus Walks that lead towards Paschal Preaching, and the witness that university students give when preaching moves into action. The preacher also calls to mind the role of the Holy Spirit in creating a preaching event. The conclusion highlights the benefits of this thesis as an exegetical resource, suggesting that preachers can preach more effectively to students on their campuses by gaining knowledge of the social location, updating their understanding of proposed theories of psychological stage development, using a variety of research methods, and intentionally journeying with the students.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Beaton, Rhodora
Commitee: Marschall, Melissa, Heille, Gregory, Fairbanks, Sara, Martin, Sean Charles, Wright, Carolyn
School: Aquinas Institute of Theology
Department: Homiletics
School Location: United States -- Missouri
Source: DAI-A 81/12(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: Theology, Psychology, Spirituality, Pastoral Counseling
Keywords: Church, Emerging, Exegesis, Preaching, University, Vatican
Publication Number: 27999850
ISBN: 9798641836966
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