“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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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!
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."