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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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22 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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“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.

Rank #1: 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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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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May 04 2017
34 mins
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Rank #2: Episode 36: Love, Joy, Creativity, and Space Jam - An Interview with Brad Montague

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Guest: Brad Montague, the creative mind behind Kid President
General Topic: The power of love, joy, and creativity

Introduction to Brad Montague (0:51)
Brad's love for kids (2:25)
Philosophy of communication (5:51)
Source of Brad's hope and joy (9:13)
Responding to life's challenges (13:05)
Faith like a child (16:18)
Smuggling hope (20:07)
Kids' advice on being a better grown up (23:07)
What's your Space Jam? (25:12)
Challenging creative experience (32:11)
Impactful communicators (35:09)
Recommended books and resources (37:44)
How to follow Brad (41:00)

One more thing!
Brad emailed me afterward and said he forgot to mention some friends of his who "help me see God in ways I often forget." Check out their current project on YouTube here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCanZUyabsUrhSF8wRz6ADtQ

Reaching out to our guest
MontagueWorkshop.com
@TheBradMontague (Twitter)
@BradMontague (Instagram)

Next Episode arrives April 6, 2017!
An interview with Rev. Jim Harnish, author and retired United Methodist pastor

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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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Mar 16 2017
42 mins
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Rank #3: 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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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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Oct 05 2017
37 mins
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Rank #4: Episode 32: Interesting Preaching - An Interview with Rev. Eric Huffman

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Guest: Rev. Eric Huffman – Lead Pastor, The Story (Houston, TX)
General Topic: Keeping Preaching Interesting

Introduction to Eric Huffman (0:35)
The Story in Houston (2:02)
What do you mean by interesting? And why? (4:53)
Communicating the Gospel (8:20)
What makes some preaching boring (9:38)
What interests preachers versus their congregations (12:31)
Thoughts on "performance" (17:28)
Humor in preaching (23:10)
Favorite and challenging preaching experiences (26:24)
Impactful communicators (30:29)
Recommended resources (35:32)
Connecting with Eric (38:17)

Reaching out to our guest
@EricTheStory (Twitter)
@PastorEricHuffman (Instagram)
@PastorEricHuffman (Facebook)

Next Episode arrives February 2, 2017!
An Interview with Rev. Narcie Jeter - Lead Pastor at Point Hope UMC (Mt. Pleasant, SC)

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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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Jan 19 2017
39 mins
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Rank #5: Episode 68: Inside Out

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Topic: Inside Out - A sermon based on the concepts in Simon Sinek's "Start With Why"

3 Year Anniversary (0:09)
Intro to "Inside Out" (0:52)
Is Pepsi ok? (4:47)
Power of Coca-Cola (12:26)
Start with why (14:25)
The call of Jeremiah (22:21)
Adapted golden circle (23:57)
What happens when we sin? (28:59)
Application to organizations (31:34)
Greatest commandments as expressions of identity (33:47)
World Communion Sunday (35:12)

Next Episode arrives November 1, 2018!

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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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Oct 18 2018
38 mins
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Rank #6: Episode 11: How To Be Here - An Interview with Rob Bell

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Guest: Rob Bell – Author, Preacher, Podcaster
General 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)

Reaching out to our guest
RobBell.com
@RealRobBell (Instagram)

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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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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Mar 03 2016
42 mins
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Rank #7: Episode 61: Success and Failure - An Interview with Rev. Matt Miofsky - Part 2

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

Assessing preaching success and failure (0:32)
Success goes to the head, failure to the heart (3:47)
Preaching hard things (9:22)
Most challenging preaching experience (16:13)
Christmas Eve or Easter (17:14)
Impactful communicators (18:36)
Recommended resources (22:21)
How to follow Matt (25:05)

Reaching out to our guest
@mmiofksy (Twitter)
@mmiofksy (Instagram)
@miofksy (Facebook)
GatheringNow.org (Church website)

Next Episode arrives April 19, 2018!

Connect with the Show
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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Apr 05 2018
26 mins
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Rank #8: Episode 56: Breaking the First Rule of Preaching

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Topic: Choosing How to Begin Sermons

Introduction (0:13)
1 - Compelling preachers are interesting—even when the content is not (3:41)
2 - Recaps and small talk don’t have to be ad-libbed (4:58)
3 - The beginning of a sermon can be used to communicate priorities (6:03)
4 - Consider the context of the entire service (7:03)
5 - Consider the context of your relationship with the congregation (9:07)
Wrap up (10:36)

Next Episode arrives February 1, 2018!
An interview with Robert Carnes - Author, Managing Editor for the Orange Group (Atlanta, GA)

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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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Jan 18 2018
12 mins
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Rank #9: 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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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
19 mins
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Rank #10: Episode 44: Ministry in Rural Communities - An Interview with Rev. Allen Stanton

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Guest: Rev. Allen Stanton, Pastor at Merritt’s Chapel UMC (Chapel Hill, NC)
General Topic: Ministry in Rural Communities

Introduction to Allen (1:03)
Philosophy of preaching (6:23)
Connection to the rural church (10:59)
Diversity in the rural church (13:16)
Opportunities and challenges of ministry in rural communities (16:37)
Fish-out-of-water experiences (18:58)
Role of the rural church in the community (23:25)
Favorite and challenging preaching experiences (27:54)
Easter or Christmas Eve (28:45)
Impactful communicators (29:28)
Recommended books and resources (30:28)
How to follow Allen (31:12)

Reaching out to our guest
@atstanton (Twitter)
MerrittsChapel.org

Next Episode arrives August 3, 2017!
An interview with Alisha Gordon, Writer and Executive For Spiritual Growth at United Methodist Women

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Jul 20 2017
32 mins
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Rank #11: Episode 66: Overcoming Anxiety in Sermon Planning and Writing

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Topic: Overcoming Anxiety in Sermon Planning and Writing

The anxiety of planning and writing sermons (0:10)
Plan ahead (2:49)
Match your planning to your personality (4:05)
Focused time (6:22)
Personal devotion and writing time (8:23)
Capture ideas that capture you (10:10)
Listen to your community (11:40)
Remember God's faithfulness (13:12)
Wrap up (14:56)

Next episode arrives October 4, 2018!
An interview with Abby Norman, Pastor at New Hope UMC (Atlanta, GA) and recently featured on the Start Up Podcast

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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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Sep 20 2018
17 mins
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Rank #12: 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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Art of the Sermon is a project by Dan Wunderlich of Defining Grace. Learn more at DefiningGrace.com

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Nov 17 2016
43 mins
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Rank #13: Episode 57: The Original Storyteller - An Interview with Robert Carnes

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Guest: Robert Carnes - Author, Managing Editor for the Orange Group (Atlanta, GA)
General Topic: Elements for Storytelling

Introduction to Robert (0:32)
Philosophy of communication (5:07)
The Original Storyteller (6:45)
Why storytelling is important (10:03)
Why the recent focus on story? (13:18)
Context is key (15:50)
The missing element in many "church" stories (19:25)
Authentic resolution (23:16)
Guarding against manipulation (25:36)
Most challenging project (29:43)
Easter or Christmas Eve (31:51)
Impactful communicators (32:30)
Recommended resources (34:09)
How to follow Robert (36:06)

Reaching out to our guest
JamRobCar.com (Robert's website)
OriginalStoryteller.com (The book's website)
@JamRobCar (Facebook)
@JamRobCar (Twitter)
@JamRobCar (Instagram)

Next Episode arrives February 15, 2018!
An interview with Rev. Justin Coleman, Lead Pastor at University United Methodist Church (Chapel Hill, NC)

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Feb 01 2018
38 mins
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Rank #14: Episode 45: Single Moms and the Church - An Interview with Alisha Gordon

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Guest: Alisha Gordon, Writer and Executive For Spiritual Growth at United Methodist Women
General Topic: Single Mothers and the Church

Introduction to Alisha (1:30)
United Methodist Women (2:15)
Philosophy of preaching (4:48)
Becoming a preacher (6:44)
Single moms and the Church (10:17)
Scripture and "the fatherless" (14:08)
Finding common ground (16:56)
Missed opportunities (20:49)
Practical ideas for ministries (23:25)
Intersectionality (25:30)
Intersectionality resources (30:02)
Pop culture recommendations (31:39)
Favorite and challenging preaching experiences (36:39)
Easter or Christmas Eve (36:53)
Impactful communicators (38:02)
Recommended books and resources (39:45)
How to follow Alisha (41:15)

Reaching out to our guest
@dstarwriter59 (Twitter)
@dstarwriter59 (Instagram)
@dstarwriter59 (Snapchat)
AlishaGordon.com

Next Episode arrives August 17, 2017!
An interview with Justin Trapp, Founder of Ministry Pass

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Aug 03 2017
42 mins
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Rank #15: 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)

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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
36 mins
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Rank #16: 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)

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

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Oct 26 2015
36 mins
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Rank #17: 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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Aug 18 2016
29 mins
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Rank #18: Episode 24: Science, Doubt, and Faith - An Interview with "Science Mike" McHargue

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Guest: "Science Mike" McHargue
General Topic: Finding God in the Waves and the relationship between science, doubt, and the Christian faith

Introduction to Mike (0:43)
Telling his story in book form (2:09)
Mike's current work (4:05)
Making the complicated simple (5:16)
The key to connecting with an audience (8:20)
Mike's interest in neuroscience (10:13)
Why the church should support science (13:11)
How pastors and churches can address the tension between science and faith (13:58)
Most asked spiritual questions (17:35)
Most asked questions by pastors, church leaders (21:08)
Faith struggles as a pastor versus lay members (22:34)
Why Mike become a United Methodist (27:04)
Most difficult and favorite speaking experience (31:30)
Impactful preachers and communicators (32:56)
What Mike's reading right now (34:42)
Science recommendations (36:14)
How to follow Mike and get information on his book (37:08)

Reaching out to our guest
MikeMcHargue.com
@mikemchargue (Twitter)
Science Mike (Facebook)
@mikemchargue (Instagram)

Next Episode arrives October 6, 2016!
An interview with Bishop Ken Carter of the Florida Conference of the United Methodist Church

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Sep 15 2016
39 mins
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Rank #19: Episode 59: The Prayer Wheel - An Interview with David Van Biema

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Guest: David Van Biema - Author, Former Head Religion Writer for Time

Introduction to David (1:22)
Writing about prayer (2:35)
Philosophy of communication (3:33)
The history and rediscovery of the Prayer Wheel (4:32)
Using the Prayer Wheel as a preaching tool (9:35)
Decoding the Wheel (10:55)
Historical development (14:05)
Reverse engineering a medieval tool (17:51)
Why was the Wheel lost? (19:56)
Interactivity in prayer (22:07)
Why the Prayer Wheel is helpful today (23:55)
Why the Psalms still resonate (27:29)
Honoring the Psalms as both Jewish and Christian texts (30:18)
Most challenging communication experience (34:42)
Impactful communicators (35:43)
Recommended resources (37:34)
How to follow David (39:01)

Reaching out to our guest
@DavidHVB (Facebook)
The Prayer Wheel (Facebook Group)

Next Episode arrives March 15, 2018!
An interview with Rev. Matt Miofsky, Lead Pastor of The Gathering (St. Louis, MO)

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Mar 01 2018
40 mins
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Rank #20: Episode 70: Permission to Go Short This Advent

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Topic: Permission to Go Short This Advent

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Nov 15 2018
4 mins
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