“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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
February 2nd, 2017 | 34 mins 31 secs
cancer, faith, preaching
Rev. Narcie Jeter is the lead pastor at Point Hope UMC in Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina. Narcie joins us today to share how she relied on God while recovering from a cancer surgery that took away her ability to speak.