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.
Disclosure of Material Connection: Some of the links on this site are “affiliate links.” This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive an affiliate commission. Defining Grace is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program.
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.
Episode 33: When Cancer Steals Your Voice - An Interview with Rev. Narcie Jeter
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.
Episode 32: Interesting Preaching - An Interview with Rev. Eric Huffman
January 19th, 2017
39 mins 58 secs
Rev. Eric Huffman is the lead pastor of The Story in Houston, Texas. Eric joins us to talk about the importance of interesting preaching and ways to keep it engaging.
Episode 31: Team Sermon Preparation – An Interview with Rev. Jorge Acevedo
January 5th, 2017
40 mins 47 secs
Rev. Jorge Acevedo is the lead pastor of the 5-campus Grace Church in Cape Coral, Florida. Jorge joins us to share how he and his campus pastors prepare sermons together as a team.
Episode 30: 2016 Year in Review
December 15th, 2016 | 36 mins 9 secs
As we celebrate the first anniversary of the podcast, we take a look back at some of the most interesting moments from the show's first year.
Episode 29: Online and Social Media Ministry – An Interview with Jay Kranda
December 1st, 2016
35 mins 31 secs
online ministry, social media
Jay Kranda is the Online Campus Pastor for Saddleback Church and co-host of the Social Media Church Podcast. Jay joins us to talk about doing ministry online and through social media.
Episode 28: Intergenerational Ministry – An Interview with Rev. Melissa Cooper
November 17th, 2016
43 mins 47 secs
children, family, intergenerational
Melissa Cooper is the director of LECFamily and has a passion for intergenerational ministry. She joins us to talk about practical steps we can take to make worship inclusive of the entire family.
Episode 27: Understanding and Connecting with Emerging Generations – An Interview with Kristen Soltis Anderson
November 3rd, 2016
31 mins 24 secs
Kristen Soltis Anderson is a pollster and a political contributor to ABC World News. She joins us to talk about what she's learned about emerging generations and how to connect with them.
Episode 26: Preaching as a Tool for Unity – Part 2 with Bishop Ken Carter
October 20th, 2016
19 mins 7 secs
In part 2 of 2, Bishop Ken Carter passionately shares about how preaching can be a tool for finding unity in seasons of conflict. He also reflects on the future of preaching in fresh expressions of ministry.
Episode 25: A Career in Preaching - Part 1 with Bishop Ken Carter
October 6th, 2016
29 mins 29 secs
Bishop Ken Carter leads the Florida Conference of the United Methodist Church and is President-Elect for the Council of Bishops. In part 1 of 2, he shares the role preaching has played throughout his career.
Episode 24: Science, Doubt, and Faith - An Interview with "Science Mike" McHargue
September 15th, 2016
39 mins 8 secs
"Science Mike" McHargue is a podcaster and writer that helps people reconcile their faith with modern science. He joins us to talk about his new book "Finding God in the Waves" as well as the relationship between science, doubt, and faith.
Episode 23: Poets & Saints - An Interview with Leslie Jordan of All Sons & Daughters
September 1st, 2016
27 mins 16 secs
all sons & daughters, music
Leslie Jordan is one-half of the worship band All Sons & Daughters, and she joins us today to talk about their new project "Poets and Saints" as well as her love for worship and the Church.