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“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.Disclosure of Material Connection: Some of the links on this site are “affiliate links.” This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive an affiliate commission. Defining Grace is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program.

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“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.Disclosure of Material Connection: Some of the links on this site are “affiliate links.” This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive an affiliate commission. Defining Grace is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program.

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Helpful Resource. More Variety!

By Mr. Faculty - Jun 04 2018
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Helpful, useful podcasts for the most part. I especially appreciated Jorge Acevedo's fascinating approach to collaborative sermon preparation. Hearing from more women preachers and teachers of preaching is needed.

Wunderlich gets it

By Rev. Josh Bell - Mar 16 2016
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Dan does a great job of asking the questions I want to hear answered. Definitely worth your time!

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23 Ratings
Average Ratings
19
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Helpful Resource. More Variety!

By Mr. Faculty - Jun 04 2018
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Helpful, useful podcasts for the most part. I especially appreciated Jorge Acevedo's fascinating approach to collaborative sermon preparation. Hearing from more women preachers and teachers of preaching is needed.

Wunderlich gets it

By Rev. Josh Bell - Mar 16 2016
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Dan does a great job of asking the questions I want to hear answered. Definitely worth your time!
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Art of the Sermon

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Rank #1: 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
General 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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I would love to hear what you think about the show—especially this episode. You can connect with the show and send me your feedback through the following channels:
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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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Oct 26 2015

36mins

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Rank #2: 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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I would love to hear what you think about the show—especially this episode. You can connect with the show and send me your feedback through the following channels:
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Twitter- Twitter.com/ArtOfTheSermon
Instagram- Instagram.com/ArtOfTheSermon

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

Disclosure of Material Connection: Some of the links in these show notes may be “affiliate links.” This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive an affiliate commission. Defining Grace is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program.

Mar 17 2016

20mins

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Rank #3: 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)

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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I would love to hear what you think about the show—especially this episode. You can connect with the show and send me your feedback through the following channels:
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Aug 18 2016

29mins

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Rank #4: Episode 48: Money, Generosity, and Stewardship - An Interview with A.J. Thomas

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Guest: A.J. Thomas, Founder and Director of the Joyful Giving Group
General Topic: Money, Generosity, and Stewardship

Introduction to A.J. (0:29)
Philosophy of preaching (1:33)
Talking about money (2:44)
Disconnect between money and spirit (4:00)
Discomfort when talking about money (5:12)
Comfort when talking about money (7:51)
Misconceptions about stewardship (9:37)
Approaches to stewardship that hurt the cause (11:55)
Misusing the spiritual side (13:55)
A stewardship pep talk (15:36)
A.J.'s unique take on pledges (17:27)
Should the pastor know giving levels? (23:48)
Joyful Giving Group (27:01)
most challenging communication experience (25:24)
Easter or Christmas Eve (29:00)
Impactful communicators (30:10)
Recommended books and resources (31:01)
Connecting with A.J. (31:33)

Reaching out to our guest
JoyfulGivingGroup.com

Next Episode arrives October 5, 2017!
An interview with Rev. Dalton Rushing, Senior Pastor, Decatur First United Methodist Church (Decatur, GA)

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Sep 21 2017

36mins

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Rank #5: 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
General 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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I would love to hear what you think about the show—especially this episode. You can connect with the show and send me your feedback through the following channels:
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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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Jan 01 2016

39mins

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Rank #6: Episode 41: Preaching with Purpose - An Interview with Rev. Adam Hamilton

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Guest: Rev. Adam Hamilton, Founding and Lead Pastor at The United Methodist Church of the Resurrection (Leawood, KS)
General Topic: Purposeful Preaching

Introduction to Adam (1:22)
Philosophy of preaching (2:13)
Church mission statements (3:30)
How Adam's preaching has evolved (5:48)
Categories of sermons (7:21)
Adam's "travel" series (12:24)
Young preachers (17:13)
Handling distractions (19:43)
Two approaches to preaching (25:13)
Favorite and challenging preaching experiences (28:39)
Recommended resources (32:48)
How to follow Adam (35:18)

Reaching out to our guest
AdamHamilton.org (Adam's Website)
@RevAdamHamiltong (Twitter)
@RevAdamHamiltong (Instagram)
@PastorAdamHamiltong (Facebook)

Next Episode arrives June 15, 2017!
An Interview with Rev. Olu Brown, Founding and Senior Pastor at Impact Church (Atlanta, GA)

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Jun 01 2017

36mins

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Rank #7: Episode 5: To Lectionary or Not to Lectionary - An Interview with the Hosts of the Pulpit Fiction Podcast

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Guest: Rev. Robb McCoy- Pastor, Two Rivers United Methodist Church, Rock Island, IL
Rev. Eric Fistler- Pastor, First Congregational Church, Crystal Lake, IL
General 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 guest
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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I would love to hear what you think about the show—especially this episode. You can connect with the show and send me your feedback through the following channels:
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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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Dec 01 2015

36mins

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Rank #8: Episode 9: Transitioning to Senior Pastor - An Interview with Rev. Brian Johnson

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Guest: Rev. Brian Johnson – Senior Pastor at Tomoka UMC in Ormond Beach, FL
General 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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I would love to hear what you think about the show—especially this episode. You can connect with the show and send me your feedback through the following channels:
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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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Feb 04 2016

29mins

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Rank #9: 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 19 2016

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Rank #10: Episode 52: The Grace of Dogs - An Interview with Andrew Root

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Guest: Andrew Root - Author, Theologian, and Professor at Luther Seminary (St. Paul, MN)
General Topic: The Grace of Dogs

Introduction to Andy (2:01)
Youth and Family Ministry (2:45)
Philosophy of preaching (3:58)
Inspiration for "The Grace of Dogs" (6:32)
Why are dogs so unique? (10:52)
Sidebar on cats (13:47)
Dogs and children (14:38)
The story behind the title (19:35)
Dogs remind us of our humanity (21:32)
The struggle to write this book (26:02)
Most challenging communication experience (30:43)
Easter or Christmas Eve (32:37)
Impactful communicators (35:11)
Recommended resources (36:40)
How to follow Andy (38:16)

Reaching out to our guest
AndrewRoot.org (Andy's website)
@RootAndrew (Twitter)

Next Episode arrives December 7, 2017!
An interview with Ryan O'Neal, Songwriter and Musician (Sleeping At Last)

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Nov 16 2017

39mins

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Rank #11: Episode 25: A Career in Preaching - Part 1 with Bishop Ken Carter

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Guest: Bishop Ken Carter, Florida Conference of the United Methodist Church and President-Elect of the UMC Council of Bishops
General Topic: The role preaching has played from local pastor to bishop

Introduction to Bishop Carter (1:10)
Philosophy and general approach to preaching (3:04)
Preaching in the local church (4:39)
Adapting sermons to multiple churches (7:33)
Finding opportunities to preach while serving as an associate pastor (9:18)
How preaching changed while serving a larger church (11:43)
Bishop Carter’s sermon preparation process (15:01)
Serving as a District Superintendent (19:11)
Role of preaching in serving as a bishop (21:13)
Role of sermons at Annual Conference/Church Meetings (24:54)

Reaching out to our guest
Bishop[at]FLUMC[dot]org
@BishopKenCarter (Twitter)

Next Episode arrives October 20, 2016!
Part 2 of our interview with Bishop Ken Carter of the Florida Conference of the United Methodist Church

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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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Oct 06 2016

29mins

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Rank #12: Episode 34: The Sermon as a Literal Conversation - An Interview with Rev. Brian Combs

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Guest: Rev. Brian Combs - Pastor at The Haywood Street Congregation (Asheville, NC)
General Topic: Including Two-Way Conversation in Sermons

Introduction to Brian Combs (0:44)
Keeping the focus of the church (4:03)
Conversational preaching (7:08)
Evolution of Brian’s process (11:39)
Brian’s sermon preparation (12:56)
Giving everyone a chance to speak (15:17)
Encountering tangents (19:00)
Reactions in different contexts (22:17)
Tips for trying this style (27:39)
Challenging preaching experience (29:25)
Impactful preacher (32:50)
Recommended books and resources (34:22)
How to follow Brian (36:20)

Reaching out to our guest
Haywood Street Congregation
@HaywoodStreet (Twitter)

Next Episode arrives March 2, 2017!
An Interview with Kenny Jahng, church communications expert

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Feb 16 2017

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Rank #13: Episode 39: That'll Preach! - An Interview with Rev. Charley Reeb

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Guest: Rev. Charley Reeb- Author, Pastor at Pasadena Community Church (St. Petersburg, FL)
General Topic: That’ll Preach: 5 Simple Steps to Your Best Sermon Ever

Introduction to Charley Reeb (0:42)
Philosophy of preaching (2:39)
Curse of Knowledge and Imposter Syndrome (4:51)
Inspiration for “That’ll Preach” (5:48)
Why we forget communication fundamentals (8:22)
Charley’s passion for preaching (9:49)
Balancing the call to preach with pastoral responsibilities (11:34)
Preaching in a Biblically illiterate culture (13:27)
Bold, passionate proclamation (15:16)
Line between being bold and being authoritarian (21:52)
Explosion of inspiration (23:34)
Favorite and challenging preaching experiences (26:43)
Easter or Christmas Eve (28:13)
Impactful communicators (28:55)
Recommended books and resources (31:14)
How to follow Charley (32:58)

Reaching out to our guest
Charley@CharleyReeb.com
CharleyReeb.com (Charley's Website)

Next Episode arrives May 18, 2017!
An Interview with Rev. Chris Abel, Young Adult Pastor at The United Methodist Church of the Resurrection (Leawood, KS)

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May 04 2017

34mins

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Rank #14: Episode 28: Intergenerational Ministry – An Interview with Rev. Melissa Cooper

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Guest: Rev. Melissa Cooper- Director of LECFamily, Program Director for the Life Enrichment Center
General Topic: Intergenerational Ministry

Introduction to Rev. Melissa Cooper (0:39)
Melissa’s approach to preaching (2:42)
Intergenerational ministry (7:05)
Impact of intergenerational ministry on families (13:06)
Planning and creating intergenerational worship (17:59)
Tips for making sermons more accessible (28:09)
Intergenerate Conference (36:54)
Picture Advent (39:08)
Recommended Resources (41:10)
How to follow Melissa’s work (42:19)

Reaching out to our guest
LECFamily.org
LECFamily (Facebook)
@LECFamily (Twitter)
@LECFamily (Instagram)

Next Episode arrives December 1, 2016!
An interview with Rev. Jorge Acevedo, Lead Pastor at Grace Church (Cape Coral, FL)

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Nov 17 2016

43mins

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Rank #15: Episode 62: Secrets of a Top 5 TED Talk

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Topic: Secrets of a Top 5 TED Talk

Intro (0:13)
Feeling comfortable (1:41)
But not too comfortable (4:09)
Passion plus familiarity (5:50)
Focus on the "why" of what you're saying (7:19)
Make a connection with the room (9:15)
Being vulnerable (10:55)
But not too vulnerable (12:38)

Next Episode arrives May 3, 2018!

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Apr 19 2018

15mins

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Rank #16: Episode 31: Team Sermon Preparation – An Interview with Rev. Jorge Acevedo

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Guest: Rev. Jorge Acevedo – Lead Pastor, Grace Church (Cape Coral, FL)
General Topic: Team Sermon Preparation

Introduction to Jorge Acevedo (0:45)
Live preaching across multi-site campuses (3:51)
Advantages to team sermon preparation (6:41)
Size of the team (12:09)
Planning the preaching calendar (15:10)
Planning individual sermons (24:06)
Team sermon prep for solo pastors (33:39)
Recommended Resources (37:47)
Connecting with Jorge (39:17)

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@PastorJAcevedo (Twitter)

Next Episode arrives January 19, 2017!
An interview with Rev. Eric Huffman, Lead Pastor, The Story (Houston, TX)

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Jan 05 2017

40mins

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Rank #17: Episode 60: Preaching and Church Growth - An Interview with Rev. Matt Miofsky - Part 1

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Guest: Rev. Matt Miofsky - Lead Pastor of The Gathering (St. Louis, MO)

Introduction to Matt (0:35)
Why The Gathering grew early (3:26)
Philosophy of preaching (8:20)
The future of preaching (12:01)
Where preaching falls in Matt's priorities (17:21)
Act your size (19:05)

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@mmiofksy (Twitter)
@mmiofksy (Instagram)
@miofksy (Facebook)
GatheringNow.org (Church website)

Next Episode arrives April 5, 2018!
More with Rev. Matt Miofsky, Lead Pastor of The Gathering (St. Louis, MO)

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Mar 15 2018

24mins

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Rank #18: Episode 46: Sermon Writing and Repurposing - An Interview with Justin Trapp

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Guest: Justin Trapp, Founder of Ministry Pass, Co-Creator of Sermonary
General Topic: Sermon Writing and Repurposing

Introduction to Justin (0:34)
Philosophy of communication (1:53)
Justin's love for preachers (3:35)
A picture of sermon preparation (5:46)
Sermonary, a new sermon writing tool (8:01)
Mechanical versus artistic (13:44)
Repurposing sermon content (15:07)
Most challenging preaching experience (23:43)
Easter or Christmas Eve (24:32)
Impactful communicators (24:45)
Recommended books and resources (25:35)
How to follow Justin (26:13)

Reaching out to our guest
@justintrapp (Twitter)
Sermonary.co

Next Episode arrives September 7, 2017!
An interview with Sophia Agtarap, Director of Communications for Vanderbilt Divinity School

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Aug 17 2017

28mins

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Rank #19: Episode 49: Preaching Through a Dry Season - An Interview with Rev. Dalton Rushing

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Guest: Rev. Dalton Rushing - Senior Pastor, Decatur First United Methodist Church (Decatur, GA)
General Topic: Preaching Through a Dry Season

Introduction to Dalton (1:57)
Dalton's podcast "On Church" (3:35)
Philosophy of preaching (4:55)
The dry season (7:36)
Preaching hope when you struggle with it (11:20)
Not dumping on your congregation (15:08)
Season of questioning and doubt (17:39)
Responding to brokenness in the world (21:42)
Coming out of the dry season (24:09)
Favorite preaching experiences (28:47)
Easter or Christmas Eve (30:21)
Impactful communicators (31:40)
Recommended books and resources (34:29)
How to follow Dalton (36:23)

Reaching out to our guest
DaltonRushing.com
Dalton[dot]Rushing[at]ngumc[dot]net

Next Episode arrives October 19, 2017!
An interview with Carey Nieuwhof - Podcaster, Author, and Pastor of Connexus Church (Barrie, Ontario)

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Oct 05 2017

37mins

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Rank #20: Episode 23: Poets & Saints - An Interview with Leslie Jordan of All Sons & Daughters

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Guest: Leslie Jordan of All Sons & Daughters
General Topic: Poets & Saints, writing for worship, and her love for the local church

Introduction to Leslie and All Sons & Daughters (0:45)
Love for and work with the local church (2:49)
The relationship between pastors and worship leaders (6:52)
The story and inspirations behind Poets & Saints (8:39)
Leslie's favorite parts of the new album (13:22)
Connecting the traditional and modern in worship (17:36)
The song "You Are Love and Love Alone" (21:06)
Influences (23:39)
How to follow All Sons & Daughters (25:21)

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AllSonsAndDaughters.com

Next Episode arrives September 15, 2016!
An interview with "Science Mike" McHargue

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Sep 01 2016

27mins

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