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Sermon & Homily Resources and Research from the Association of Religion Data Archives (ARDA)

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Are Pastors the Cause of the Loss of Church Membership? Wulff, Keith M. (2011) Review of Religious Research 53:1: 1-7.  Pointless & conservative sermons lose members for denominations. 
 
Defending the Faith: Easter Sermon Reaction to Pop Culture Discourses. Haskell, David Millard, Kenneth Paradis, and Stephanie Burgoyne (2008) Review of Religious Research 50:2: 139-156. 
Examines English-language Easter sermons in southwestern Ontario when books about Jesus were in the popular media. 
 
The Ethical Soundscape: Cassette Sermons and Islamic Counterpublics. Hirschkind, Charles (2006) New York: Columbia University Press. Based on sermons available on cassette in Cairo, Egypt. 
 
Text and performance in an African church: The book, "live and direct. Engelke, Matthew (2004) American Ethnologist 31: 76-91.  Prophets in the church denigrate the role of religious text by working to create a “live and direct” connection to God through their sermons. 
 
Assessing Conventional Wisdom about Religion and Politics: A Preliminary View from the Pews. Brewer, Mark D., Rogan Kersh, and R. Eric Petersen (2003) Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion 42:1: 125-136.  Content analysis of 1998-99 U.S. sermons & services; they often have political content, but most often refer to social justice rather than electoral or other recommendations. 
 
Remaking the Godly Marriage: Gender Negotiation in Evangelical Families. Bartkowski, John P. (2001) New Brunswick, New Jersey: Rutgers University Press. Based on interviews & participant observation in an Evangelical congregation in Texas. Sermons muted & married couples ignored the discourse of women being submissive.  https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0813529190/theassoofreli-20
 
All Is Forgiven: The Secular Message in American Protestantism. Witten by Marsha G. (1993) Princeton, New Jersey; Princeton University Press. Discourse analysis of texts of 47 sermons on the Parable of the Prodigal Son, delivered in large metropolitan churches, 1986-88. https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0691032807/theassoofreli-20
 
'God's Line Is never Busy': An Analysis of Symbolic Discourse in two Southern Appalachian Denominations. Zimmermann, Stephanie, Joy Hart Seibert, Dwight B. Billings, and James G. Hoagland, Jr. (1990) Sociological Analysis 51:3: 297-306.  Analyzes 1958-59 sermons & talks, & questionnaire data from Church of God (Cleveland) & Southern Baptist congregations in southern Appalachia. 
 
Songsters and Saints: Vocal Traditions on Race Records. Oliver, Paul (1984) Cambridge: Cambridge University Press; Ch. 5 "As the eagle stirreth her nest. Baptist preachers and their congregations."  Account of the publication of African American preachers' sermons on phonograph records. 
 
The Content of the Parochial Sermons in the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland as Indicators of the Openness and Closedness of the Church as System. Lampinen, Tapio (1980) Social Compass 27:4: 417-435. 1975 data; factor analysis of sermon contents. 
 
L'Ordre religieux comme projet rêve: utopie et/ou secte? Étude comparative d'un cas. Lévesque, Benoît (1976) Archives de sciences sociales des religions 41: 77-108. Examines the Clercs de Saint-Viateur, but found few traces of utopian or sectarian thought; but the sermons of Louis Querbes & the life of a Trappist reformer, Augustin de Lestrange, show a utopianism that influenced Lamennais, Guéranger, & Lacordaire. 
 
"I was a Muslim, but now I am a Christian": Preaching, legitimation, and identity management in a southern Evangelical church. Marti, Gerardo (2016) Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion 55:2: 250-270. Based on 2012-13 participant observation in a Charlotte Evangelical church. Case study of a convert immigrant pastor who contends with his minority status through his homilies. 
 
Race, religion, and anti-poverty policy attitudes. Brown, Ronald E.; R. Khari Brown; Davin Phoenix; and James S. Jackson (2016) Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion 55:2: 308-323. 
 
Analyzes the non-Latino white, Latino, & African American subsamples of 2008 National (U.S.A.) Politics Study data. Because the non-Latino white subsample had greater variance in support for aid to the poor, homilies on the subject had greater effect on them than on others. 
 
Wake Up, Lazarus! On Catholic Renewal (2 vols.). Hegy, Pierre (2011)  Bloomington, Indiana: iUniverse.  Reviews survey & historical data on American Catholicism, & adds observation of Catholic parishes and an Evangelical congregation. Volume II (2013) includes analyses of homilies from the U.S. & Guatemala.  Amazon
 
Are Pastors the Cause of the Loss of Church Membership? Wulff, Keith M. (2011) Review of Religious Research 53:1: 1-7. Pointless & conservative sermons lose members for denominations. 
 
Religion, Political Discourse, and Activism among Varying Racial/Ethnic Groups in America. Brown, R. Khari (2011) Review of Religious Research 53:3: 301-322. Analyzes 2004 interview data from American adults in locales with significant numbers of Asian American, white, Latino, & Afro-Caribbean people. Clergy political encouragement was influential in African American & Latino congregations. 
 
Sunday celluloids: Visual media and Protestant boundaries with secular culture. Draper, Scott, and Jerry Z. Park (2010) Sociological Spectrum 30:4: 433-458. Content analysis of homily references to cinema; compares Evangelical with mainline Protestant. 
 
Religion, Economic Concerns, and African American Immigration Attitudes. Brown, R. Khari (2010) Review of Religious Research 52:2: 146-158. Analyzes 2004 survey data from African Americans; those with economic concerns are especially sensitive to political cues in homilies that emphasize immigration policies. 
 
How Q'eqchi'-Maya Catholics become legitimate interpreters of the Bible. Two models of religious authority in sermons. Hoenes del Pinal, Eric (2009) In James S. Bielo (ed.) The Social Life of Scriptures. Cross-Cultural Perspectives on Biblicism. New Brunswick, New Jersey: Rutgers University Press, pp. 80-99. Contrasts processes by which official Catholic catechists & charismatics gain legitimacy as preachers. 
 
Public Worship and Public Engagement: Pastoral Cues within the Context of Worship Services. Smidt, Corwin E., and Brian Schaap (2009) Review of Religious Research 50:4: 441-462. Based on a survey of clergy of the Christian Reformed Church and the Reformed Church in America. 
 
Choosing Constituent Cues. Reference group Influence on Clergy Political Speech. Calfano, Brian Robert (2009) Social Science Quarterly 90:1: 88-102. 
 
Defending the Faith: Easter Sermon Reaction to Pop Culture Discourses. Haskell, David Millard, Kenneth Paradis, and Stephanie Burgoyne (2008) Review of Religious Research 50:2: 139-156. Examines English-language Easter sermons in southwestern Ontario when books about Jesus were in the popular media. 
 
A Problem of Presence: Beyond Scripture in an African Church. Engelke, Matthew (2007) Berkeley; University of California Press. 
 
The Ethical Soundscape: Cassette Sermons and Islamic Counterpublics. Hirschkind, Charles (2006) New York: Columbia University Press. Based on sermons available on cassette in Cairo, Egypt. 
 
 
The Phenomenology of Religious Serpent Handling: A Rationale and Thematic Study of Extemporaneous Sermons. Williamson, W. Paul, and Howard R. Pollio (1999) Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion 38:2: 203-218. Analyzes homily texts from the serpent handler sector of the Holiness tradition. 
 
The Mobilization of Prophecy: A Challenge to the Churches of Northern Ireland. McAllister, Ronald J. (1998) In Anson Shupe and Bronislaw Misztal (eds.) Religion, Mobilization, and Social Action. Westport, Connecticut: Praeger, pp. 160-173. Based on homilies heard in Northern Ireland; Protestants & Catholics there have different values, even as the churches attempt to promote peace. 
 
Exploring Some Correlates of Sermon Impact on Catholic Parishioners. Pargament, Kenneth I., and William H. Silverman (1982) Review of Religious Research 24:1: 33-39. Analyzes questionnaire data from members of Catholic parishes; shows perception of homilies having central themes & of their relevance to daily life correlate with their perceived impact. 
 
Bible, Société, Prédication. VanCalster, Stephan (1980) Social Compass 27:4: 397-416. Examines content & purposes of Catholic & Protestant homilies in West Germany. 
 
Sermon ou Homélie: La Fonction de la Prédication. Centre Régional d'Etudes Socio-Religieuses (Lille, France) (1980) Social Compass 27;4: 363-373. Analyzes 27 homilies preached in the Lille, France, area; shows a focus on the moral life. 
 
Social Order and Preaching. Mickey, Thomas J. (1980) Social Compass 27:4: 347-362. Analyzes data from 32 American Catholic parishes; shows responses to homilies. 
 
La Production Homilétique Catholique. Dassetto, Felice (1980) Social Compass 27:4: 375-396. Content analysis of French language broadcast homilies & other French language published homiletic materials in Europe, based on biblical texts referring to Jews, Pharisees, etc.; shows the relation of homilist & audience dominating the discourse. 
 
Niveau narratif d'un corpus d'homilies dominicales: methodologie et analyse. Reny, Paul (1977) Cahiers du Centre de Recherches en Sociologie Religieuse 1: 77-102. Focuses on 1972 homilies throughout the year in 13 parishes in the Quebec metropolitan area, & interviews with clergy & laity. 
 
Discours Religieux et Métamorphose des Pratiques Sociales. Rousseau, André, and Felice Dassetto (1973) Social Compass 20:3: 389-403. Considers homilies as part of a ritual context. 
 
The Antislavery Movement in Early America: Religion, Social Environment and Slave Manumission. Budros, Art (2005) Social Forces 84:2: 941-966. Examines the impact of Methodist anti-slavery preaching on manumission in a Virginia county, 1782-1808. 
 
Popular Publics: Street Protest and Plaza Preachers in Caracas. Smilde, David (2004) International Review of Social History 49 (suppl.) 179-195. 
 
Assessing Conventional Wisdom about Religion and Politics: A Preliminary View from the Pews. Brewer, Mark D., Rogan Kersh, and R. Eric Petersen (2003) Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion 42:1: 125-136. 
Content analysis of 1998-99 U.S. sermons & services; they often have political content, but most often refer to social justice rather than electoral or other recommendations. 
 
The Prophet's Pulpit: Islamic Preaching in Contemporary Egypt. Gaffney, Patrick D. (1994) Berkeley: University of California Press. Ethnographic study in Minya, upper Egypt.   Amazon
 
Die Zivilisierung Gottes und die Deinstitutionalisierung der "Gnadenanstalt." Ebertz, Michael N. (1993) In Jörg Bergmann, Alois Hahn, and Thomas Luckmann (eds.), Religion und Kultur. Kölner Zeitschrift für Soziologie und Sozialpsychologie, Sodnerheft 33/1. Opladen: Westdeutscher Verlag, pp. 92-125. 
 
All Is Forgiven: The Secular Message in American Protestantism. Witten, Marsha G. (1993) Princeton, New Jersey; Princeton University Press. Discourse analysis of texts of 47 sermons on the Parable of the Prodigal Son, delivered in large metropolitan churches, 1986-88. https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0691032807/theassoofreli-20
 
The Clergy and Abortion. Jelen, Ted G. (1992) Review of Religious Research 34:2: 132-151. Based on in-depth interviews with 13 clergy in a rural Midwest U.S. community about abortion, & a survey of members of their congregations. 
 
'God's Line Is never Busy': An Analysis of Symbolic Discourse in two Southern Appalachian Denominations. Zimmermann, Stephanie, Joy Hart Seibert, Dwight B. Billings, and James G. Hoagland, Jr. (1990) Sociological Analysis 51:3: 297-306.  Analyzes 1958-59 sermons & talks, & questionnaire data from Church of God (Cleveland) & Southern Baptist congregations in southern Appalachia. 
 
Preaching to the Converted: Conversion Language and the Constitution of the TV Evangelical Community. Wright, Chris (1989) Sociological Review 37:4: 733-760. Based on 90 hours of an Ohio independent Christian television station's broadcasts; shows conversion language is used for legitimate purposes & creating a moral community. 
 
Sinnvermittlung und moralische Kommunikation in intermediären Institutionen./Moralizing Sermons, Then and Now. Luckmann, Thomas (1988) In Thomas Luckmann et al., Moral im Alltag. Gütersloh: Bertelsmann./In Richard K. Fenn (ed.), The Blackwell Companion to Sociology of Religion. Oxford: Blackwell, pp. 389-403. 
 
Songsters and Saints: Vocal Traditions on Race Records. Oliver, Paul (1984) Cambridge: Cambridge University Press; Ch. 5 "As the eagle stirreth her nest. Baptist preachers and their congregations." Account of the publication of African American preachers' sermons on phonograph records. 
 
Predigen und Hören, Band II. Kommunikation zwischen Predigern und Hören--Sozialwissenschaftliche Untersuchungen. Daiber, Karl Fritz, et al. (1983) München: Kaiser Verlag. 
 
Exploring Some Correlates of Sermon Impact on Catholic Parishioners. Pargament, Kenneth I., and William H. Silverman (1982) Review of Religious Reserch 24:1: 33-39. Analyzes questionnaire data from members of Catholic parishes; shows perception of homilies having central themes & of their relevance to daily life correlate with their perceived impact. 
 
Ministers Speak on Watergate: Effects of Clergy Role during Political Crisis. Nelsen, Hart M., and Sandra Baxter (1981) Review of Religious Research 23:2: 150-166. Analyzes 1972 & '74 questionnaire data from American clergy samples. 
 
The Religious Imagination. Greeley, Andrew M. (1981) Los Angeles: Sadlier. 
 
Sermon ou Homélie: La Fonction de la Prédication. Centre Régional d'Etudes Socio-Religieuses (Lille, France) (1980) Social Compass 27;4: 363-373. Analyzes 27 homilies preached in the Lille, France, area; shows a focus on the moral life. 
 
The Sounds of Silence Revisited. Koller, Norman B., and Joseph D. Retzer (1980) Sociological Analysis 41:2: 155-161. [Also in Jeffrey K. Hadden and Theodore E. Long (eds.) Religion and Religiosity in America. Studies in Honor of Joseph H. Fichter (New York: Crossroads, 1983), pp. 89-99] Analyzes 1978 survey data from Protestant clergy in 2 North Carolina counties; conservatives had become as likely as others to preach on social issues. 
 
La Production Homilétique Catholique. Dassetto, Felice (1980) Social Compass 27:4: 375-396. Content analysis of French language broadcast homilies & other French language published homiletic materials in Europe, based on biblical texts referring to Jews, Pharisees, etc.; shows the relation of homilist & audience dominating the discourse. 
 
The Content of the Parochial Sermons in the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland as Indicators of the Openness and Closedness of the Church as System. Lampinen, Tapio (1980) Social Compass 27:4: 417-435. 1975 data; factor analysis of sermon contents. 
 
The Measurement of the Effect of Preaching and Preaching Plus Small Group Dialogue in one Baptist Church. Price, Dennis L., W. Robert Terry, and B. Conrad Johnston (1980) Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion 19:2: 186-197. Analyzes questionnaire data from members of a Salem, Virginia Southern Baptist church. 
 
Why do Pastors Preach on Social Issues? Nelsen, Hart M. (1975) Theology Today 32:1: 56-73. 
 
Citation data are provided by Anthony J. Blasi (Ph.D. in Sociology, University of Notre Dame; University of Texas at San Antonio). The ARDA is not responsible for content or typographical errors.

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