“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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
October 26th, 2015 | 36 mins 18 secs
Rev. Chad Brooks joins us for a conversation about productivity and the practice of preaching. Chad is a church planter and host of two podcasts of his own-- The Productive Pastor and The Threshing Floor.