Art of the Sermon
About the Show
“Art of the Sermon” is a show for preachers, teachers, and communicators. My aim is to make a show for leaders in ministry–formally or informally, inside or outside the church–who have an interest in preaching/public speaking and church communication.
The primary format for this show is the interview. This allows us to engage with a wide-range of guests on many different aspects of preaching, teaching, and communication. While many of the guests are pastors and preachers, I also believe it is important to learn from those outside the profession of preaching who have something to teach us.
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Episode 58: Identity and Preaching - An Interview with Rev. Justin Coleman
February 15th, 2018
44 mins 2 secs
Rev. Justin Coleman is the lead pastor of University United Methodist Church in Chapel Hill, NC. Justin joins us to talk about how his upbringing and identity have shaped his preaching and leadership.
Episode 57: The Original Storyteller - An Interview with Robert Carnes
February 1st, 2018
38 mins 8 secs
Robert Carnes is an author and the Managing Editor for the Orange Group in Atlanta, GA. Robert joins us today to talk about the elements and power of storytelling and his new devotional "The Original Storyteller."
Episode 56: Breaking the First Rule of Preaching
January 18th, 2018
12 mins 6 secs
Preaching classes, textbooks, and workshops recommend that we start our sermons with something compelling—a story, joke, fact, or question. But some of the best communicators in the church ease into sermons on occasion. This episode explores when and how to do that effectively.
Episode 55: Living for Another - An Interview with Brent Gambrell
January 4th, 2018
35 mins 36 secs
Brent Gambrell is President of Brent Gambrell Ministries in Nashville, TN, and the author of the new book "Living for Another." Brent joins us today to talk about why self-help preaching is the opposite of what we should be doing.
Episode 54: 2017 Year in Review
December 21st, 2017
36 mins 2 secs
We take a look back at some of the most interesting moments from the show's second year!
Episode 53: Songwriting and the Art of Christmas - An Interview with Ryan O'Neal (Sleeping At Last)
December 7th, 2017
50 mins 3 secs
christmas, music, songwriting
Ryan O'Neal is the singer/songwriter behind Sleeping At Last. Ryan joins us to talk about his songwriting process and Christmas through the eyes of an artist.
Episode 52: The Grace of Dogs - An Interview with Andrew Root
November 16th, 2017
39 mins 44 secs
dogs, grace, writing
Andrew Root is the Olson Baalson Associate Professor of Youth and Family Ministry at Luther Seminary in St. Paul, MN. Andrew joins us today to talk about the writing process and heart behind his new book "The Grace of Dogs."
Episode 51: Preparing for and Preaching Advent - An Interview with Rev. Katie Z. Dawson
November 2nd, 2017
32 mins 49 secs
Rev. Katie Z. Dawson is the Lead Pastor of Immanuel United Methodist Church in Des Moines, IA. Katie joins us to talk about preparing for Advent and perspectives on the season we may overlook.
Episode 50: Preaching as Leadership - An Interview with Carey Nieuwhof
October 19th, 2017
48 mins 22 secs
Carey Nieuwhof is a podcaster, author, and Pastor of Connexus Church in Barrie, Ontario, Canada. Carey joins us to talk about preaching as a tool for and act of leadership.
Episode 49: Preaching Through a Dry Season - An Interview with Rev. Dalton Rushing
October 5th, 2017
37 mins 47 secs
dry seasons, prayer, preaching
Rev. Dalton Rushing is the Senior Pastor of Decatur First United Methodist Church in Decatur, GA. Dalton joins us to talk about preaching through and out of spiritually dry seasons.
Episode 48: Money, Generosity, and Stewardship - An Interview with A.J. Thomas
September 21st, 2017
36 mins 58 secs
generosity, money, stewardship
A.J. Thomas is Founder and Director of the Joyful Giving Group. A.J. joins us to offer perspectives and tips on talking about money and generosity.
Episode 47: The Power of Public Theology - An Interview with Sophia Agtarap
September 7th, 2017
44 mins 50 secs
laity, public theology
Sophia Agtarap is the Director of Communications at Vanderbilt Divinity School. Sophia joins us today to talk about the power of public theology and the role clergy and lay can play.
Episode 46: Sermon Writing and Repurposing - An Interview with Justin Trapp
August 17th, 2017
28 mins 6 secs
sermon writing, tools
Justin Trapp is the founder of Ministry Pass and the co-creator of Sermonary. Justin joins us today to talk about the tools we use to write sermons and how to repurpose sermon content.
Episode 45: Single Moms and the Church - An Interview with Alisha Gordon
August 3rd, 2017
42 mins 46 secs
Alisha Gordon is a writer, published author, and serves as the Executive for Spiritual Growth at United Methodist Women. Alisha joins us to talk about the relationship between single moms at the church.
Episode 44: Ministry in Rural Communities - An Interview with Rev. Allen Stanton
July 20th, 2017
32 mins 38 secs
Rev. Allen Stanton is the pastor of Merritt's Chapel United Methodist Church in Chapel Hill, NC. Allen joins us to talk about the blessings and challenges of doing ministry in rural communities.