Author

Linda Hamill

Date of Award

2020

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Doctor of Ministry (DMin)

Abstract

This thesis examines the helpfulness of using silence during the sermon immediately following a disaster. It tests an adaptation of Paul Scott Wilson’s The Four Pages of the Sermon, which adds a period of silence which allows people to express their narrative on “page two” and a period of silence which allows people to experience God’s hope on “page four.” The action/reflection model was used to test this sermon form in five congregations which had experienced disasters in the past to determine the helpfulness of periods of silence during the sermon.

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