Sermon Manuscripts

Here at the Center for Excellence in Preaching we strive to be very ecumenical in both the resources we offer and the audience in the wider Church that we seek to reach. But our Center is a part of Calvin Theological Seminary where—like any number of other seminaries—we have for many years been using Paul Scott Wilson’s The Four Pages of the Sermon as our homiletical teaching method.

Many of our alumni seek to utilize the deep structure and the “grammar” of Four Pages in their weekly preaching. But some of those same pastors have asked for help in the form of sample sermons that try to wield Wilson’s model well. The manuscripts labeled Four Pages: (sermon title) are demonstrations of this model of sermon-writing. There are also sample sermons for seasonal enrichment. These are labeled with the liturgical season and sermon title.

We hope these sermons are both instructive and inspirational!

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Four Pages: Church in Prison

The Shawshank Redemption is at many points a difficult movie to watch.  Lots of my friends down at Angola Prison tell me it’s their favourite movie.  Everybody has seen it about a hundred times.  Perhaps you remember it.  Andy, the main character in the movie, suffers sexual assault, beatings, and brutality in prison.  Shawshank does…

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