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Digital Homiletics: The Theology and Practice of Online Preaching

Digital Homiletics

The Theology and Practice of Online Preaching

Sunggu A. Yang (Author)


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Digital Homiletics demystifies the art of online preaching, helping readers understand both the why and the how of engaging listeners via digital formats. Sunggu Yang lays a concise and accessible theological foundation and then shares ten methods for effective digital preaching. Readers will encounter concrete tips and advice for sharing God's word online, whatever the dimensions of their electronic ministry.

Yang profiles each of the ten methods in Digital Homiletics with an eye toward general description, homiletic theory, practical tips, final remarks, and innovative attention to "Details of the Style." Who is involved? Why might preachers employ this technique? Where should it be practiced, and when? What content is best suited to each method? The answers to these questions will help readers' tailor their online delivery. Throughout, Yang helps us recognize the distinctive nature of the homiletical task when preaching to an online audience.

  • Publisher Fortress Press
  • Format Paperback
  • ISBN 9781506490991
  • eBook ISBN 9781506491004
  • Dimensions 5.5 x 8.5
  • Pages 176
  • Publication Date April 30, 2024


When the pandemic hit, preachers were forced online with little time for reflection on what we were doing. Yang now offers us a theological introduction to the "digitalized Word" and explores ten (yes, ten!) different modes of proclamation offered to online viewers. Even after congregations returned to in-person worship, online worship and preaching have become a consistent part of most of our ministries. Yang leads the way with this conversation about best online homiletical practices in a world in which no one size fits all.

Rev. Dr. O. Wesley Allen Jr., Lois Craddock Perkins Professor of Homiletics, Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University

Sunggu Yang's Digital Homiletics is timely, theologically grounded, and helpfully practical. Readers will be pleasantly surprised by the usefulness of this book. For those who are delivering their sermons both in person and online, this book affirms their groundbreaking ministry and provides insights into how it can be done faithfully. It is a handy resource for any preacher who strives for effective preaching in the context of the digital age!

Rev. Dr. HyeRan Kim-Cragg, principal and Timothy Easton Memorial Church Professor of Preaching, Emmanuel College in the University of Toronto

In the rapidly developing field of digitally mediated preaching, scholars tend to take either a theological or an empirical approach. In this book, however, Dr. Yang brings the normative voice of theology and the formal voice of homiletical theory into a dynamic conversation with the lived theology that is embodied in practices. The result is a much-needed, rich, in-depth discussion that considers both theology and the plurality of digital media. A must-read for any scholar or preacher who wants to understand digitally mediated preaching today.

Rev. Dr. Frida Mannerfelt, author of Co-preaching: The Practice of Preaching in Digital Culture and Spaces

Whether you are a new or a seasoned preacher, a techie or a technophobe, Sunggu Yang's primer on digital preaching is for you. In an era of rapidly changing media and congregational disposition, preachers will find in Digital Homiletics practical expressions of what online preaching is and does--and, more importantly, a theological framework for considering what it might mean.

Rev. Dr. Aimee Moiso, associate director, Louisville Institute; former managing editor of Homiletic

In Digital Homiletics Sunggu Yang extends his legacy of incisive theological inquiry to equip preachers for real-world challenges prompted by recent technological and ecclesiological developments. Beyond gimmicks or a bag of tricks, Yang drives us toward a techno-theological rationale strong enough to bolster imagination and resilience in preaching online. This is mandatory reading for all concerned with not just the what, the where, and the how of online preaching, but also the why and the who manifesting from digital pulpits.

Rev. Dr. Jacob D. Myers, Wade P. Huie Jr. Associate Professor of Homiletics, Columbia Theological Seminary

This is the book the preaching community needs both now and in the future. Sunggu Yang continues to demonstrate that he understands the path that the Spirit is leading the church on. His concept of "the Word digitalized" is nothing short of groundbreaking and will become the ground on which future conversations about preaching and homiletics stand. Yang clearly loves the practice of preaching and those who engage in it. This volume, with its heavy focus on practical application, will well serve preachers who are discerning what preaching on the digital frontier looks, sounds, and feels like.

Rev. Dr. Rob O'Lynn, associate professor of preaching and ministry, director of graduate Bible programs, and dean of distance education, Kentucky Christian University; author of Digital Jazz: Preaching, Media, and Technology

With so many options available for digital preaching, it can be hard to choose an approach. Sunggu Yang not only outlines different styles with practical advice for bringing them to life; he also places them in firm theological footings. This book is a wise guide for anyone navigating digital preaching.

Rev. Dr. Richard W. Voelz, associate professor of preaching and worship, Union Presbyterian Seminary; director, The Bridge for Early Career Preachers; and author of Preaching to Teach: Inspire People to Think and Act