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 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.
Episode 14: Learning As You Go - More with Derrick Scott III
April 21st, 2016
26 mins 15 secs
More from the interview with Derrick Scott III touching on the opportunities and challenges of new forms of ministry. We also have lots of great listener feedback!
Episode 13: Ministry as a Lay Person - An Interview with Derrick Scott III
April 7th, 2016
38 mins 4 secs
calling, campus ministry, lay ministry
Derrick Scott III talks to us about his decision to serve in ministry as a non-ordained lay person. He also shares what he has learned about ministry to Millennials.
Episode 12: Structure Breeds Spontaneity - Reflecting on Rob Bell
March 17th, 2016
20 mins 5 secs
creativity, sermon preparation
We reflect and build on our conversation with Rob Bell, focusing on the importance and benefits of having a solid structure. We also touch on Andy Stanley's recent headlines.
Episode 11: How To Be Here - An Interview with Rob Bell
March 3rd, 2016
42 mins 18 secs
Rob Bell joins us for a wide-ranging conversation that centers on his love for the sermon. He also tells us about his new book "How To Be Here," releasing March 8, 2016.
Episode 10: Expectations and Planning Aid Vision
February 18th, 2016
37 mins 38 secs
leadership, sermon planning
We check in with Rev. Brian Johnson and his transition to senior pastor after 6 months. He shares how setting clear expectations and planning ahead has helped keep him and his church focused on vision.
Episode 9: Transitioning to Senior Pastor - An Interview with Rev. Brian Johnson
February 4th, 2016
29 mins 37 secs
Rev. Brian Johnson joins us for a conversation about his transition from associate pastor to senior pastor. He reflects on the new opportunities and responsibilities.
Episode 8: The Artist Preacher - An Interview with Rev. Sarah Heath, Part 2
January 14th, 2016
26 mins 36 secs
We continue our conversation with Rev. Sarah Heath, picking up where we left off in episode 7. This part of the conversation includes a focus on the relationship between identity, calling, and ordination.