The validity of the propositional theme in expository preaching
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This dissertation demonstrates the validity of the propositional theme in expository preaching. Chapter 1 examines expository theorists' comprehension and homiletical practice of the propositional theme, and summarizes desired characteristics of the sermon theme. Chapter 2 analyzes the preaching practice of the Old Testament prophets, the apostle Paul, and Jesus to demonstrate that the validity of a clearly determined sermon theme is supported by numerous biblical examples. Chapter 3 shows the hermeneutical validity of the propositional theme in expository preaching. It observes that expository theorists unanimously pursue the author-oriented hermeneutic, and analyzes that it is a required hermeneutical practice of expositors' high view of biblical inspiration. Finally, this chapter confirms that the author's intention as textual meaning is proper to be expressed in the propositional form. Chapter 4 reveals the homiletical validity for the propositional theme in expository preaching. It observes that expository preaching seeks and practices persuasive communication. This paper demonstrates that persuasion seeks an assessable change in the listener's opinion or behavior, and calls for the propositional theme that points to the intended outcome. Furthermore, this dissertation illustrates the cooperative compatibility of the propositional theme and narrative imagination in preaching. Finally, in chapter 5, the dissertation concludes that the propositional theme is an inevitable task for all expositors who follow the expository principle of preaching.