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Art of the Sermon

Dan Wunderlich

“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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Topic: Permission to Go Short This Advent

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Topic: Responding to Negative Feedback

Michael Bierut and negative feedback (0:09)
Michael's response (1:52)
Acknowledge that the feedback is heard (2:38)
Give a window into the intention (3:37)
Be realistic about next steps (4:29)
Offer positive reinforcement (5:17)
Create a space for unity (6:23)
Bonus tip: no one gets a full page (7:12)

Next Episode arrives November 15, 2018!

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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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Guest: Abby Norman - Pastor of New Hope United Methodist Church (Atlanta, GA)

Intro to Abby Norman (0:41)
Abby's story (2:09)
Why is preaching important when you have influence elsewhere? (9:21)
What is foundational to Abby's preaching (13:31)
How preaching fits into Abby's pastoral identity and vocation (18:14)
Choosing sermon topics (19:49)
Evolution in Abby's preaching (21:41)
Leaving the manuscript behind (26:14)
Favorite and most challenging preaching experience (29:19)
Christmas Eve or Easter (32:12)
Impactful communicators (34:05)
Recommended resources (38:32)
Connecting with Abby (40:32)

Reaching out to our guest
@AbbyNormanSays (Twitter)
@AbbyNormanSays (Instagram)
@AbbyNormanSays (Facebook)
AbbyNorman.net (Website)

Next Episode arrives October 18!

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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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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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Topic: The 3 Arcs

Welcome back (0:10)
Narrative Arc (3:28)
Emotional Arc (8:05)
Rhythmic Arc (14:30)
Arcs across series (18:44)

Next episode arrives September 20, 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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Guest: Austin Channing Brown - Author, writer, and speaker

Introduction to Austin (0:35)
How and why Austin started work in racial reconciliation (3:52)
Why "I'm Still Here" is a memoir (9:12)
The importance and uniqueness of the voice of Black women (12:13)
Helpful and unhelpful ways to lead conversations on race (16:12)
Why some people of color turn down opportunities to teach or lead discussions (21:39)
Natural communication takes hard work (28:58)
How Austin curates her stories (31:04)
Austin's growing edges (34:54)
Most challenging project (37:18)
Impactful communicators (38:19)
Recommended resources (39:51)
How to follow Austin (41:07)

Reaching out to our guest
@austinchanning (Twitter)
@austinchanning (Instagram)
@austinchanningbrown (Facebook)
AustinChanning.com (Austin's website)

Art of the Sermon is going on a short break and will return in Fall 2018

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Topic: Better Church Announcements

Important Announcement (0:09)
Church Announcements (4:12)

  1. Use more channels (5:39)
  2. Make the channels valuable (6:18)
  3. Focus on the point, mission, or vision (7:10)
  4. Tell a story (8:41)
  5. Cut the details (9:24)
  6. Clear call to action (10:25)
  7. Consider the context (12:14)
  8. Target specialized announcements (13:12)
  9. Strategy and policies (14:06)
  10. Worksheets or templates (15:01)

Next Episode arrives May 17, 2018!
An interview with Austin Channing Brown, Author and Speaker

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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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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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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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Guest: Clay Scroggins - Lead Pastor of Buckhead Church (Atlanta, GA)

Intro to Clay Scroggins (0:45)
Philosophy of preaching (3:56)
Role of preaching in pastoral duties and identity (5:17)
Preaching when you’re not the senior leader (7:43)
How to Lead in a World of Distraction (12:26)
Diagnosing distractions (14:32)
Distraction and preaching (20:50)
Preaching versus self-help talks (24:08)
Favorite and/or most challenging preaching experience (30:23)
Christmas Eve or Easter (31:23)
Impactful communicators (31:57)
Recommended resources (32:35)
Connecting with Clay (33:50)

Reaching out to our guest
@clayscroggins (Twitter)
@clayscroggins (Instagram)
@ClayScrogginsAuthor (Facebook)
ClayScroggins.com (Website)

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