Another Twist On It
One of the “topos” which can be used to help generate ideas during the preparation of a sermon or speech is called the topos of place.
Here is another twist on that “topos” — which can be used to drive home a point and/or create a BigIdea.
Let me begin by first giving an example . . . .
“Strange they should applaud the servant
in the Master’s house.”
— author unknown —
Now . . . .Go Analytical:
First of all, do you see what makes that work?
1- Emotive Evaluation: Strange
2 – Action: Applaud
3 – Place: Master’s house
That is the pattern. Once we understand the pattern, we can reproduce its usefulness.
1- Emotive Evaluation: Confusing / Remarkable / Uncomfortable / Disturbing / Shocking / Convicting / Challenging / Difficult / Tempting . . . . . . .
2 – Action: Say / Repeat / Claim / Include / React / Praise / Rebuke / Heal / Speak / Sin (steal, lie, adultery, cheat, kill, etc.) / Repent / Confess / Reject / Stumble / Argue . . . . . . . .
3 – Place: Desert / Here / Now / In Samaria / At this time / In front of / When / While / In front of / Knowing that / In abundance / In want / In jail / In Egypt / After crossing the Red Sea / After / During / Before . . . . . . . . .
√ Isn’t it remarkable that Jesus would talk about forgiveness while being crucified?
• BigIdea: Remarkable living includes forgiveness midst injustice.
√ Isn’t it convicting that David would respond so quickly when confronted with one of his most terrible transgressions?
• BigIdea: The response to conviction reflects the heart’s condition.
√ Isn’t it disturbing that Achan would steal during a time of great victory?
√ BigIdea: Victory does not negate temptation.
√ As odd as Paul and Silas singing in Jail.
√ Circumstance is not the origin of one’s joy. – Gary Fultz
2 thoughts on “Rhetoric & Homiletics: Strange they should applaud the servant in the Master’s house!”
Great examples. As odd as Paul and Silas singing in Jail. Circumstance is not the origin of one’s joy.
added it to the post!