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 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.
Episode 22: Communicating and Leading As a Woman - An Interview with HBR's Sarah Green Carmichael
August 18th, 2016
29 mins 29 secs
gender, leadership, women
Sarah Green Carmichael is a Senior Editor at Harvard Business Review who has closely studied leadership and strategy. She joins us for a conversation about the role gender plays for women in communicating and leading.
Episode 21: The Role of Preaching in a Growing Church - An Interview with Adam Weber
August 4th, 2016
36 mins 48 secs
Adam Weber, the founding and lead pastor of the fastest growing United Methodist Church, joins us to talk about the role preaching plays in his community. He also emphasizes the importance of authenticity.
Episode 20: Why You Should Podcast Your Sermons
July 21st, 2016
17 mins 20 secs
The most important impact your sermon should make is with the gathered community in worship. However, there are some good reasons why you should extend your sermon through podcasting.
Episode 19: Podcasting for Pastors and Ministries - An Interview with Jonathan Howe
July 7th, 2016
33 mins 3 secs
Jonathan Howe joins us to talk about the potential benefits and pitfalls found in podcasting for pastors and ministries. This is a great conversation touching on both theory and practice.
Episode 18: Design and the Dangers of Storytelling - More with Brady Shearer
June 16th, 2016
25 mins 30 secs
Practical tips and resources for crafting social media images, and more with Brady Shearer of Pro Church Tools. Topics include discussing when storytelling becomes manipulation.
Episode 17: Using Media in Preaching and Teaching - An Interview with Brady Shearer
June 2nd, 2016
33 mins 45 secs
design, media, storytelling
Brady Shearer joins us to talk church media and design. He shares what he feels is the number one thread that connects all church communication.
Episode 16: Speaking Human - More with Dr. Brian Russell
May 19th, 2016
23 mins 40 secs
More from the interview with Dr. Brian Russell as he shares how we take our reading of Scripture and turn it into something everyone can connect with and understand.
Episode 15: (re)Aligning With God - An Interview with Dr. Brian Russell
May 5th, 2016
37 mins 15 secs
Dr. Brian Russell shares with us a fresh perspective on how to read Scripture as a whole, incorporating the overarching narrative into our preaching with an eye toward the church and world.