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 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.
Episode 43: When Sermon Illustrations Aren't "Family Friendly" - An AOTS Minisode
July 6th, 2017
15 mins 46 secs
illustrations, pop culture
What do you do when you find the perfect sermon illustration in a piece of pop culture, but the wider work in which it is found isn't "family friendly"? This minisode offers some tips to guide your discernment.
Episode 42: Ministry in a Big City - An Interview with Rev. Olu Brown
June 15th, 2017
29 mins 32 secs
preaching, urban ministry
Rev. Olu Brown is the founding and lead pastor of Impact Church in Atlanta, GA. Olu joins us to talk about what it's like to preach and do ministry in a big city.
Episode 41: Preaching with Purpose - An Interview with Rev. Adam Hamilton
June 1st, 2017
36 mins 55 secs
Rev. Adam Hamilton is the founding and senior pastor of the United Methodist Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, Kansas. Adam joins us to share what he's learned over his career in preaching.
Episode 40: Young Adult Ministry - An Interview with Rev. Chris Abel
May 18th, 2017
43 mins 11 secs
millennials, young adults
Rev. Chris Abel is the Young Adult Pastor at the United Methodist Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, Kansas. Chris joins us today to share about where the church succeeds and fails with young adults.
Episode 39: That'll Preach! - An Interview with Rev. Charley Reeb
May 4th, 2017
34 mins 47 secs
preaching, sermon structure
Rev. Charley Reeb is the pastor of Pasadena Community Church in St. Petersburg, Florida. Charley joins us to share about his new book "That'll Preach: 5 Simple Steps to Your Best Sermon Ever."
Episode 38: 8 Ways Guest Preachers Can Enhance Your Ministry - An AOTS Minisode
April 20th, 2017
17 mins 23 secs
associate pastor, guest preaching
It is the week after Easter, and in honor of all of the associate pastors and guest preachers who will be in pulpits this weekend, here is a micro episode on how guest preaching can enhance your ministry.
Episode 37: Politics and the Pulpit - An Interview with Rev. Jim Harnish
April 6th, 2017
42 mins 9 secs
current events, politics, preaching
Rev. Jim Harnish is an author and retired United Methodist pastor. Jim joins us to talk about the relationship between politics and preaching.
Episode 36: Love, Joy, Creativity, and Space Jam - An Interview with Brad Montague
March 16th, 2017
42 mins 45 secs
creativity, joy, kid president, love
Brad Montague is the creative mind behind the Kid President video series. Brad joins us today to talk about the power of love, joy, and creativity.
Episode 35: The Focus of Church Communications - An Interview with Kenny Jahng
March 2nd, 2017
23 mins 39 secs
church communication, social media
Kenny Jahng is a church communications expert and founder of Church Butler. Kenny joins us to share the perspective all churches should have as they connect online.
Episode 34: The Sermon as a Literal Conversation - An Interview with Rev. Brian Combs
February 16th, 2017
38 mins 10 secs
Rev. Brian Combs is the pastor at the Haywood Street Congregation in Asheville, North Carolina. Brian joins us today to share his unique process of making conversation the heart of his sermons.