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Aug 18, 2016

Art of the Sermon Episode 22: Communicating and Leading As a Woman - An Interview with HBR's Sarah Green Carmichael

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Guest: Sarah Green Carmichael, Senior Editor at the Harvard Business Review, Host of the HBR Ideacast
General Topic: Leading and Communicating as a Woman in Business

Introduction to Sarah and her work (0:45)
Experiences where gender was front and center (1:37)
Speaking authoritatively (3:22)
Reactions to Hillary Clinton (6:09)
What has surprised Sarah (7:46)
What women can uniquely bring (10:50)
Leading large organizations (14:03)
Female leaders that Sarah admires (15:24)
Opportunities for women leaders (16:32)
Advice for male colleagues (19:04)
Mentoring female employees (21:15)
Words of encouragement (23:21)
Favorite and most challenging communication experiences (25:00)
Impactful communicators in Sarah’s life (26:22)
Book recommendations (27:00)
How to follow Sarah (27:54)

Links to things mentioned in the episode

Harvard Business Review
HBR Ideacast
Dan Ariely
“Famous quotes, the way a woman would have to say them during a meeting.”
Therese Huston on the HBR Ideacast
How Women Decide by Therese Huston
Margarita Mayo
Act Like a Leader, Think Like a Leader by Herminia Ibarra
Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg
Revisionist History podcast
Joan Williams
Sylvia Ann Hewlett
Failure to Communicate by Holly Weeks

Reaching out to our guest

@skgreen (Twitter)

Next Episode arrives September 1, 2016!

An interview with Leslie Jordan and David Leonard of All Sons & Daughters

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Art of the Sermon is a project by Dan Wunderlich of Defining Grace. Learn more at DefiningGrace.com

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Aug 4, 2016

Art of the Sermon Episode 21: An Interview with Adam Weber - The Role of Preaching in a Growing Church

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Guest: Adam Weber - Founding and Lead Pastor at Embrace Church, the fastest growing United Methodist Church

Introduction to Adam and his work (1:11)
Growth and Heath of Embrace Church (3:36)
Philosophy of communication and preaching (6:16)
How growing up outside the church shapes preaching (7:16)
Role of preaching at Embrace (11:38)
Guest preachers (13:29)
Adam’s upcoming book on prayer (17:47)
Teaching from within the community (20:24)
Authenticity in preaching (23:45)
Challenging and favorite preaching experiences (28:45)
Recommendations (32:54)
How to follow Adam (35:07)

Links to things mentioned in the episode

Embrace Church
The Conversation with Adam Weber
Talking with God: What to Say When You Don't Know How to Pray - Adam Weber
TED Talks
Eagle Brook Church - Bob Merritt
Southland Christian - Jon Weece

Reaching out to our guest

AdamWeber.com
@AdamWeber (Twitter)
@AdamAWeber (Instagram)

Next Episode arrives August 18, 2016!

An interview with Sarah Green Carmichael - Senior Editor at Harvard Business Review and Host of “HBR Ideacast”

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Jul 21, 2016

Art of the Sermon Episode 20: Why You Should Podcast Your Sermons

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Pokemon GO (0:26)
Social Media Graphics Tutorial Video (2:13)
Experimentation with the Show (2:37)
Back to Podcasting (3:38)
Podcasting Your Sermons (4:32)
Reason 1: Time (5:23)
Reason 2: Church Attendance (7:07)
Reason 3: Sermons have Purpose (11:46)
Reason 4: Value Beyond Your Church (13:02)

Links to things mentioned in the episode

Pokemon GO Blog
Pokemon GO Location Registration (UPDATE: The Developer Has Removed the Form)
Social Media Graphics Tutorial
AOTS 018
AOTS 019
Rainer on Leadership Podcast
Pat Flynn Podcasting Tutorials
Podcast Method
The Podcast Answer Man
Howe Original Blog Post on Podcasting Equipment
Blue Icicle XLR to USB Adaptor
Blue Yeti USB Microphone
Sure SM58 Microphone
Heil PR40 Microphone Package
Focusrite Digital Audio Interfaces
Audacity
Blueberry Podcasting Plugin
Libsyn Podcast Hosting
Rainer Twitter Poll on Sermon Prep Length
Barna Data on Church Attendance
Carey Nieuwhof Blog on Church Attendance

 

Next Episode arrives August 4, 2016!

An interview with Adam Weber - Founding and Lead Pastor at Embrace Church, the fastest growing United Methodist Church

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Jul 7, 2016

Art of the Sermon Episode 19: Podcasting for Pastors and Ministries - An Interview with Jonathan Howe

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Guest: Jonathan Howe - Director of Strategic Initiatives at LifeWay, Host of Rainer on Leadership and SBC This Week podcasts
General Topic: Podcasting for Pastors and Ministries

Introduction to Jonathan and his work (0:30)
Philosophy of communication (1:56)
History with podcasting (3:09)
Relationship between blog and podcast audiences (5:32)
Benefits of podcasting (7:27)
Cautions with podcasting (9:07)
Finding your niche (10:37)
Editing your podcast (12:06)
Length of show (15:14)
Intangibles and what makes a good show (17:43)
Jonathan’s podcasting set-up (19:43)
Jonathan’s podcasting process (21:59)
Toughest and favorite projects (24:55)
Finding New Ideas (26:16)
Impactful preachers and communicators (27:06)
Influential books, media, podcasts (28:37)
Recommended Follows (30:27)
How to follow Jonathan (31:26)

Links to things mentioned in the episode

LifeWay
Rainer on Leadership Podcast
SBC This Week Podcast
The Podcast Answer Man
Copyblogger
5 Leadership Questions Episode with Jonathan
Hardcore History Podcast
99% Invisible Podcast
Howe Original Blog Post on Podcasting Equipment
Blue Icicle XLR to USB Adaptor
Audacity
Serial Podcast
Blueberry Podcasting Plugin
Howe Original Blog Post on New Ideas
Men in Blazers Podcast
Platform by Michael Hyatt
The Automatic Customer by John Warrillow
The Happy Rant Podcast
5 Leadership Questions Podcast
City Church Sermon Podcast
Imago Dei Sermon Podcast

Reaching out to our guest

HoweOriginal.com (Jonathan’s blog)
ThomRainer.com
@Jonathan_Howe (Twitter)

Next Episode arrives July 21, 2016!

We reflect and build on the conversation with Jonathan Howe, including a look at Dan’s podcasting process.

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Jun 16, 2016

Art of the Sermon Episode 17: Using Media in Preaching and Teaching - An Interview with Brady Shearer

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Guest: Brady Shearer - CEO of Pro Church Tools and Host of the Pro Church Podcast
General Topic: Design, Storytelling, and Ministry Online

Summer moves and retirements (0:15)
Advent Prep (2:24)
How to create social media images (4:41)
Church branding (9:56)
Dangers of storytelling (10:49)
Online ministry (17:44)

Links to things mentioned in the episode

Pro Church Tools
Pro Church Podcast
Awaiting the Already: An Advent Journey Through the Gospels - Magrey deVega
Songs for the Waiting: Devotions Inspired by the Hymns of Advent - Magrey deVega
Art of the Sermon Episode 1: The Blessing and Challenge of Preaching Advent - An Interview with Rev. Magrey deVega
GIMP
DesignFeed.io
Adobe Spark
Church Branding on Pro Church Tools
Simple Church Branding on Defining Grace
Pro Church Podcast 102 - Lessons For Young Filmmakers with Elle Ginter

Reaching out to our guest

@BradyShearer (Twitter, Instagram)
@BradyShearer1 (Snapchat)

Next Episode arrives July 7, 2016!

An interview with Jonathan Howe - Director of Strategic Initiatives at LifeWay

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Jun 2, 2016

Art of the Sermon Episode 17: Using Media in Preaching and Teaching - An Interview with Brady Shearer

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Guest: Brady Shearer - CEO of Pro Church Tools and Host of the Pro Church Podcast
General Topic: Using Media in Preaching and Teaching

Introduction to Brady and his work (1:26)
Philosophy of communication (3:51)
Attention - the most valuable commodity (5:38)
3-pronged approach to storytelling (7:47)
Stories, stats, steps (10:40)
What pastors need to know about media (13:00)
Church logo design (15:37)
Reminder: social media is free! (20:01)
Pastoring opportunities online (20:43)
Latest trends (22:52)
Toughest and favorite projects (25:49)
Impactful preachers and communicators (27:03)
Influential books (28:17)
Recommended Follows (29:20)
How to follow Brady (30:59)

Links to things mentioned in the episode

Pro Church Tools
Pro Church Podcast
The Method and Message of Jesus' Teachings by Robert Stein
99Designs
A Million Miles in a Thousand Years by Donald Miller
Story by Robert McKee
TED Talks Storytelling by Akash Karia
The Storytelling Animal by Jonathan Gottschall
Gimlet Media Podcasts
Brady and Brittany Vlog

Reaching out to our guest

@BradyShearer (Twitter, Instagram)
@BradyShearer1 (Snapchat)

Next Episode arrives June 16, 2016!

Communication/design tools and tips as well as more from the interview with Brady Shearer

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May 19, 2016

Art of the Sermon Episode 16: Speaking Human - More with Dr. Brian Russell

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Guest: Dr. Brian Russell - Professor of Biblical studies and Dean of the School of Urban Ministries at Asbury Theological Seminary, Writer, and Speaker
General Topic: Speaking Human

Spring has sprung (0:16)
Recapping the North Carolina Preaching Festival (3:00)
Ideas from Nadia Bolz-Weber (3:57)
More with Dr. Brian Russell (6:32)
Working with Bible translations (7:40)
Speaking Human (12:41)

Links to things mentioned in the episode

(re)Aligning with God: Reading Scripture for Church and World
Asbury Theological Seminary

Reaching out to our guest

BrianRussell.org

Next Episode arrives June 2, 2016!

An interview with Brady Shearer - Founder and CEO of ProChurch Tools

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May 5, 2016

Art of the Sermon Episode 15: (re)Aligning with God - An Interview with Dr. Brian Russell

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Guest: Dr. Brian Russell - Professor of Biblical studies and Dean of the School of Urban Ministries at Asbury Theological Seminary, Writer, and Speaker
General Topic: Reading Scripture as a Whole for Church and World

Introduction to Brian and his work (0:40)
The ultimate compliment (3:17)
Philosophy and approach to preaching (4:40)
Practical steps for reading Scripture (5:45)
Philosophy for reading Scripture (9:56)
When Bible reading becomes dry (16:08)
Incorporating the whole narrative (18:13)
Parallels in the Old Testament with today’s world (20:38)
Toughest and favorite preaching experiences (26:14)
Impactful preachers and communicators (29:19)
Influential books (34:21)
How to follow Brian (35:22)

Links to things mentioned in the episode

(re)Aligning with God: Reading Scripture for Church and World
Asbury Theological Seminary
Wondrous Depth by Ellen Davis
Words that Work by Frank Luntz
John Steinbeck on Amazon
Ernest Hemingway on Amazon

Reaching out to our guest

BrianRussell.org

Next Episode arrives May 19, 2016!

More from the conversation with Dr. Brian Russell.

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Apr 21, 2016

Art of the Sermon Episode 13: Ministry as a Lay Person - An Interview with Derrick Scott III

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Guest: Derrick Scott III - Executive Director at CCW (Campus to City Wesley Foundation)
General Topic: The Blessings and Challenges of New Ministry Forms

Ministry Matters and Google Play Music (0:15)
Announcement: NC Preaching Festival (1:13)
Listener Email: Abby (2:21)
Listener Feedback: Haley (4:27)
When Things Don’t Come Out Right with Rick (5:28)
Congratulations to Father Jonathan and family (7:01)
Derrick Scott III on mobile ministry (7:48)
Derrick on the challenges of new ministry (13:00)

Links to things mentioned in the episode

CCW (Campus to City Wesley)
Urban Soul
Intuition Ale Works
Justin McRoberts

Reaching out to our guest

@Dluruth3 (Twitter)
Derrick(dot)Luruth(at)gmail(dot)com

Next Episode arrives May 5, 2016!

An interview with Dr. Brian Russell - Professor of Biblical studies and Dean of the School of Urban Ministries at Asbury Theological Seminary, Writer, and Speaker

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Apr 7, 2016

Art of the Sermon Episode 13: Ministry as a Lay Person - An Interview with Derrick Scott III

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Guest: Derrick Scott III - Executive Director at CCW (Campus to City Wesley Foundation)
General Topic: A Calling to Lay Leadership

Introduction to Derrick and his ministry (1:12)
Philosophy and Approach to Preaching (3:02)
Tapping into what God is already saying (4:46)
2 Questions for staying in touch with his students (6:09)
Unease with preaching (10:49)
Discerning a call to the laity (12:23)
Valuing the role and ministry of the laity (17:12)
Words of encouragement for discernment (20:15)
Working with Millennials (23:32)
Connection over numbers (27:39)
Toughest and favorite preaching experiences (29:16)
Impactful preachers and communicators (31:22)
Influential books (33:19)
How to follow Derrick (45:00)

Links to things mentioned in the episode

CCW (Campus to City Wesley)
N.T. Wright on Amazon
Henri Nouwen on Amazon
The Liturgists

Reaching out to our guest

@Dluruth3 (Twitter)
Derrick(dot)Luruth(at)gmail(dot)com

Next Episode arrives April 21, 2016!

A reflection on our conversation and more from Derrick Scott III

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Mar 17, 2016

Art of the Sermon Episode 12: Structure Breeds Spontaneity - Reflecting on Rob Bell

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Thank you and hello to new listeners (0:15)
Listener Feedback: Joshua (1:45)
Rationale behind standard closing questions (2:05)
Inspired by comedians (3:00)
Listener Feedback: Ryan (4:38)
Having something to say (4:57)
Noticing and collecting (5:40)
Interested, curious, and passionate (7:02)
Time is a multiplier (8:22)
Rob Bell advice: Make a sermon “to do” list (8:58)
Get your voice on the podcast (10:22)
Rob Bell: Structure breeds spontaneity (11:14)
Rob Bell’s key to memorizing (12:39)
Andy Stanley and when things don’t come out right (13:49)
Announcements (18:04)

Links to things mentioned in the episode

Rob’s Amazon Page
The RobCast
How to Be Here
Poets, Prophets, Preachers
Sleepwalk with Me
My Girlfriend’s Boyfriend
AOTS 001
AOTS 010
AOTS 003
Photo of Rob Bell’s “Everything is Spiritual” structure
Andy Stanley’s Christianity Today interview
Chuck Knows Church
AOTS Facebook Page (live streams coming soon - like to be notified!)

Reaching out to our guest

RobBell.com
@RealRobBell (Instagram)

 

Next Episode arrives April 7, 2016!

An interview with Derrick Scott III - Executive Director at CCW (Campus to City Wesley Foundation), a multi-campus college ministry in northeast Florida

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Mar 3, 2016

Art of the Sermon Episode 11: How To Be Here - An Interview with Rob Bell

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Guest: Rob Bell - Author, Preacher, Podcaster
Topic: How to Be Here

Catching up with Rob Bell (0:33)
Podcast title inspiration (3:02)
Jesus is captivating and sermons should be too (4:12)
Creating space (6:39)
The diversity of Rob’s audience (9:07)
Sermons are participatory events (13:20)
Preaching as an exchange of energy (14:25)
Preaching vs. Transmission of information (15:10)
You are the medium (16:41)
Being authentic vs. Talking about authenticity (18:10)
How to Be Here (22:52)
Toughest and favorite preaching experiences (26:38)
Orienting life around preaching (30:23)
The value of asking questions (33:43)
Impactful communicators (35:29)
Influential books (37:41)
How to follow Rob (40:06)

Links to things mentioned in the episode

Rob’s Amazon Page
The RobCast
How to Be Here
Largo
Poets, Prophets, Preachers
Robert Farrar Capon
JPS Torah Commentaries
“Heart and Mind: The Four-Gospel Journey for Radical Transformation” by Alexander Shaia
“On Writing” by Stephen King
“A Year With Swollen Appendices: Brian Eno's Diary “ by Brian Eno
“Honest to God” by John A. T. Robinson
Scott Shuman

Reaching out to our guest

RobBell.com
@RealRobBell (Instagram)

Special Announcement!

Rev. Sarah Heath, our guest from January 2016, will appear in an episode of the web series “Chuck Knows Church”! Her episode will be available starting March 14 at ChuckKnowsChurch.com

Next Episode arrives March 17, 2016!

Reflection and building on the conversation with Rob — including your feedback on the show! Get yours in now using the links below.

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Feb 18, 2016

Art of the Sermon Episode 10: Expectations and Planning Aid Vision

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Guests: Rev. Brian Johnson - Senior Pastor at Tomoka UMC in Ormond Beach, FL
Topic: Transitioning to Senior Pastor

Celebrating Episode 10! (0:16)
Lent has begun (2:21)
The value of a trip to the Holy Land (3:49)
Catching up with Rev. Brian Johnson (5:37)
The transition to senior pastor 6 months later (8:50)
Starting well (10:27)
Setting expectations (12:18)
Finding the right ways to communicate (15:28)
Manuscript versus outline (17:32)
Panning a year’s worth of sermons (20:58)
The value of printed pieces (27:05)
The importance of making time for planning (30:06)
Productivity processes help focus on vision (32:45)

Links to things mentioned in the episode

Educational Opportunities Tours
Church of the Resurrection Sermon Planning Survey
Canva
Nozbe
Brian Johnson’s video on how he uses Nozbe

Reaching out to our guest

Brian Johnson on Facebook
@JohnsonBrian (Instagram)

Next Episode arrives March 3, 2016!

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Feb 4, 2016

Art of the Sermon Episode 9: Transitioning to Senior Pastor - An Interview with Rev. Brian Johnson

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Guests: Rev. Brian Johnson - Senior Pastor at Tomoka UMC in Ormond Beach, FL
Topic: Transitioning to Senior Pastor

Introduction to Brian and his ministry (1:05)
The biggest change between his previous and current churches (2:57)
Rhythm and process (4:25)
Using Nozbe to stay on top of tasks (7:40)
More communication outlets as a senior pastor (8:40)
Planning: Ideal versus actual (11:10)
Control of the preaching topics (12:33)
Staying fresh (14:24)
How not growing up Christian shapes Brian’s preaching (17:25)
Manuscript versus no notes (19:52)
Impactful preachers/communicators (21:57)
Impactful books/media (25:07)
How to follow Brian (27:37)

Links to things mentioned in the episode

Michael Hyatt
Evernote
Nozbe
Brian Johnson’s video on how he uses Nozbe
Sermon Brainwave Podcast
Sermonsmith Podcast
The Productive Pastor Podcast
Giving Blood — Leonard Sweet
Communicating for Change - Andy Stanley
The Four Pages of the Sermon: A Guide to Biblical Preaching — Paul Scott Wilson

Reaching out to our guest

Brian Johnson on Facebook
@JohnsonBrian (Instagram)

Next Episode arrives February 18, 2016!
Reflection on our interview with Brian, as well as your feedback on the show! Get yours in now using the links below.

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Jan 14, 2016

Art of the Sermon Episode 8: The Artist Preacher - An Interview with Rev. Sarah Heath, Part 2

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Guest: Rev. Sarah Heath - Teaching/Preaching Site Pastor at Shepherd of the Hills UMC in Rancho Santa Margarita, CA
Topic: The Artist Preacher

Toughest and favorite preaching experiences (0:38)
Awkward moment: microphones and women’s clothing (7:42)
Choosing to answer honestly (9:14)
The relationship of identity and calling to ordination (12:34)
Preaching is a gift (17:41)
Impactful preachers/communicators (18:35)
Impactful books (22:54)
Impactful podcasts/videos/sermons (24:21)

Links to things mentioned in the episode

“I Am a Pastor” — Sarah Heath
Anne Lamott
Scary Close — Donald Miller
Storyline — Donald Miller
Steal Like an Artist — Austin Kleon
News From Lake Wobegon Podcast — Garrison Keillor
Science Mike
Rising Strong — Brené Brown
NT Wright Commentaries
New Interpreters Commentaries
Animate Curriculum
“Meditation” — The Liturgists Podcast
Poets, Prophets, Preachers — Rob Bell

Reaching out to our guest

RevSarahHeath.com
@RevSarahHeath (Twitter)
@RevSarahHeath (Instagram)

Next Episode arrives February 4, 2016!
Interview with Rev. Brian Johnson, Senior Pastor at Tomoka UMC in Ormond Beach, FL

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Jan 1, 2016

Art of the Sermon Episode 7: The Artist Preacher - An Interview with Rev. Sarah Heath, Part 1

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Guest: Rev. Sarah Heath - Teaching/Preaching Site Pastor at Shepherd of the Hills UMC in Rancho Santa Margarita, CA
Topic: The Artist Preacher

Introduction to Sarah and her ministry (1:25)
Philosophy and approach to preaching (6:00)
The reemergence of storytelling (10:00)
Appreciating the ordinary (11:25)
Artistic Sarah and Pastor Sarah (14:46)
Commitment to being challenged (20:20)
Accountability and staying honest (21:46)
The inherent challenge of being artistic in ministry (23:58)
Influencing and being influenced (27:12)
Authenticity and identity (28:43)
Non-artists in the creative church (33:23)
The need for a diversity of identities (35:24)
How to follow Sarah (37:27)

Links to things mentioned in the episode

Storyline — Donald Miller
2016 UMC Lead Conference
“I Am a Pastor” — Sarah Heath
Brené Brown’s TED Talk
Defining Grace blog post on Brené Brown’s TED Talk
Steal Like an Artist — Austin Kleon

Reaching out to our guest

RevSarahHeath.com
@RevSarahHeath (Twitter)
@RevSarahHeath (Instagram)

Next Episode arrives January 14, 2016!
More from the conversation with Sarah.

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Dec 15, 2015

Art of the Sermon Episode 6: Using and Abusing the Lectionary

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Strategies for staying at our best during Advent (0:33)
Taking advantage of January (7:13)
Christmas visitors versus Easter visitors (9:08)
Reflecting on the conversation with Rev. Robb McCoy and Rev. Eric Fistler (10:45)
The lectionary as a tool to use well or poorly (13:19)
The value of lectionary resources in preparation and expanding perspectives (16:21)
Deleted Scene: Struggling alongside our congregations (18:18)
Questions for reflection on your 2015 (23:29)
Merry Christmas and thank you! (24:53)

Links to things mentioned in the episode

Defining Grace Blog Post: Permission to Go Short During Advent
Preaching Collective Blog Post: Making Your January Sermon Series Your Best Ever!
Rainer on Leadership Podcast Episode 179: Six Considerations for Holiday Outreach
Google Trends: Anxiety
Pulpit Fiction Podcast
TextWeek.com
Feasting on the Word Commentaries
Sermon Brainwave Podcast
Pulpit Fiction Podcast Interview with Walter Brueggemann

Next Episode arrives January 1, 2016!
Interview with Rev. Sarah Heath, Teaching/Preaching Site Pastor at Shepherd of the Hills UMC in Rancho Santa Margarita, CA

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Dec 1, 2015

Art of the Sermon Episode 5: To Lectionary or Not to Lectionary - An Interview with the Hosts of the Pulpit Fiction Podcast

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Guests: Rev. Robb McCoy- Pastor, Two Rivers United Methodist Church, Rock Island, IL
Rev. Eric Fistler- Pastor, First Congregational Church, Crystal Lake, IL
Topic: To Lectionary or Not To Lectionary

Introduction to Robb, Eric, and their ministries (1:19)
Philosophy and approach to preaching (3:02)
Origins of the Pulpit Fiction Podcast (4:48)
The benefits of doing the podcast (7:57)
Choosing when and when not to use the lectionary (10:10)
Strengths of the lectionary (13:11)
Frustration with lectionary edits (15:49)
Alternate lectionaries (17:17)
Knowing what your church and/or the moment needs (18:45)
The future of the Pulpit Fiction Podcast (20:07)
Searching for sermon material on Saturdays (22:23)
Toughest and favorite preaching experiences (23:33)
Impactful preachers/communicators (28:36)
How to follow Robb and Eric (34:12)

Links to things mentioned in the episode

Pulpit Fiction Podcast
Robb and Eric on the SermonSmith Podcast
We Make the Road by Walking: A Year-Long Quest for Spiritual Formation, Reorientation, and Activation by Brian McLaren

Reaching out to our guests

Pulpit Fiction Podcast on iTunes
Pulpit Fiction Website
Pulpit Fiction on Facebook
@PulpitFPodcast on Twitter
FatPastor.me (Robb McCoy’s blog)
@FatPastor on Twitter (Robb McCoy)
@PastorPirate on Twitter (Eric Fistler)

Next Episode arrives December 15, 2015!
Reflection on our interview with Robb and Eric, as well as your feedback on the show! Get yours in now using the links below.

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Nov 17, 2015

Art of the Sermon Episode 4: More Productivity and Connecting College Students

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Thanks for the exciting launch (0:16)
Listener feedback on previous episodes (0:50)
Roy: Advent conversation can benefit non-preachers (1:30)
Drew: Writing as a discipline for infrequent preachers (4:06)
Reflecting on the conversation with Rev. Chad Brooks (6:00)
Importance of priorities, goals, and plans (6:56)
Preparation guards against tangents (7:47)
Knowing your own rhythm of focus and energy (8:24)
Mind Management rather than Time Management (10:04)
Productivity Tools (10:47)
Deleted Scene: Connecting college students and young adults with local churches (12:28)

Links to things mentioned in the episode

The Productive Pastor Podcast
David Kadavy on Mind Management
Defining Grace Guest Post: Scheduling and Time Management for Pastors

Next Episode arrives December 1, 2015!

Interview with Rev. Robb McCoy and Rev. Eric Fistler, the pastors behind the Pulpit Fiction Podcast

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Oct 26, 2015

Art of the Sermon Episode 3: Productivity and Preaching - An Interview with Rev. Chad Brooks

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Guest: Rev. Chad Brooks - Pastor at Foundry in Monroe, LA; Host of The Productive Pastor Podcast and Co-Host of The Threshing Floor Podcast
Topic: Productivity and Preaching

Introduction to Chad, his ministry, and his church plant (1:02)
Philosophy and approach to worship and preaching (3:29)
How preaching fits into the larger worship service (4:51)
Focusing the sermon (6:30)
Story behind The Productive Pastor Podcast (7:34)
Secret to staying on top of the challenges and demands of ministry (9:19)
Preaching productivity challenges and solutions (11:54)
Chad’s sermon preparation process (14:30)
Thoughts on delivery style and length (17:46)
Using Evernote for collecting and organizing material (24:29)
Chad’s toughest and favorite preaching experiences (27:37)
Impactful preachers/communicators in Chad’s life (30:06)
Influential Books (32:59)
How to follow Chad (34:29)

Links to things mentioned in the episode
The Productive Pastor Podcast
- Episode on Chad’s process for reading notes and cataloging
The Threshing Floor Podcast
Preaching Rocket
Evernote
TEDx Talk by Aaron Draplin (with use of slides as Chad describes)
Nancy Duarte on Amazon
Communicating for Change - Andy Stanley
We Speak Because We Have First Been Spoken: A "Grammar" of the Preaching Life - Michael Pasquarello III
Narrative Reading, Narrative Preaching: Reuniting New Testament Interpretation and Proclamation - Michael Pasquarello III and Joel B. Green (editors)

Reaching out to our guest
RevChadBrooks.com
@revchadbrooks on Twitter
RevChadBrooks on Facebook
RevChadBrooks on Instagram
WeAreFoundry.com

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Oct 26, 2015

Art of the Sermon Episode 2: The Discipline of Writing

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How this new show works (0:18)
Reflecting on the conversation with Rev. Magrey deVega (1:40)
The phrase “both here and not yet” in the season of Advent (2:59)
Giving Advent the time, space, and importance it deserves (4:49)
Deleted Scene: What Magrey learned from spending a week with Eugene Peterson (7:08)
The Discipline of Writing (12:41)
“If writing seems hard—it’s because it is hard” - William Zinsser (15:12)

Links to things mentioned in the episode
Awaiting the Already: An Advent Journey Through the Gospels - Magrey deVega
Defining Grace Blog Post: “Hard is Ok”

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Oct 26, 2015

Art of the Sermon Episode 1: The Blessing and Challenge of Preaching Advent - An Interview with Rev. Magrey deVega

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Guest: Rev. Magrey deVega - Senior Pastor at Hyde Park UMC in Tampa, FL
Topic: The Blessing and Challenge of Preaching Advent

Introduction to Magrey and his ministry (2:37)
Magrey’s appointment to Hyde Park UMC (3:38)
The ministry and context of Hyde Park UMC (5:13)
Philosophy and approach to preaching (7:45)
How Magrey keeps on top of the pulse on the congregation (9:42)
Magrey’s new book on Advent (12:19)
Advent as a special season (18:25)
Challenge of preaching Advent/Christmas Eve (20:01)
Sermon planning for Advent/Christmas Eve (22:25)
Keeping Advent fresh (24:49)
Favorite Preaching Experiences (27:30)
Impactful preachers/communicators in Magrey’s life (28:58)
Influential Books (31:40)
How to follow Magrey (33:47)

Links to things mentioned in the episode
Awaiting the Already: An Advent Journey Through the Gospels - Magrey deVega
Under the Unpredictable Plant - Eugene Peterson
The Witness to Preaching - Thomas Long
What Then Shall We Say? Evil, Suffering, and the Crisis of Faith - Thomas Long
Festival of Homiletics

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Mdevega[at]HydeParkUMC[dot]org
@mdevega on Twitter
Magrey deVega on Facebook
HydeParkUMC.org

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