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 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.
Episode 7: The Artist Preacher - An Interview with Rev. Sarah Heath, Part 1
January 1st, 2016
39 mins 40 secs
Rev. Sarah Heath joins us for a conversation about the role of identity in preaching, and specifically her identity as an artist. Sarah is a pastor, writer, speaker, and artist.
Episode 6: Using and Abusing the Lectionary
December 15th, 2015
26 mins 34 secs
We reflect and build on our conversation about the lectionary with Rev. Robb McCoy and Rev. Eric Fistler of the Pulpit Fiction Podcast. We also address Advent stress and wrapping up 2015.
Episode 5: To Lectionary or Not to Lectionary - An Interview with the Hosts of the Pulpit Fiction Podcast
December 1st, 2015
36 mins 24 secs
Rev. Robb McCoy and Rev. Eric Fistler join us for a conversation about the strengths and weaknesses of preaching the lectionary. Robb and Eric are both pastors as well as the hosts of the Pulpit Fiction Podcast.
Episode 4: More Productivity and Connecting College Students
November 17th, 2015
16 mins 26 secs
campus ministry, productivity
We reflect and build on our conversation with Rev Chad Brooks. In a deleted scene, Dan and Chad discuss the challenge and opportunities in connecting young adults to the church post-college.