The One Thing Missing from Your Sermons: Tension

sermon prep Jun 23, 2022

As a preacher, it’s easy to focus on your content and not really consider if your listeners are ready to hear it.

You’ve been studying your material all week, and you’re totally energized by it. It’s all you’ve thought about for days. You are so excited to finally share these thoughts that are bursting out of you.

But your listeners aren’t there yet. They walked into church with everything on their minds except your sermon. They have nowhere near the same level of enthusiasm about your topic that you have.

That’s the way it works. You care. They probably don’t.

So what can you do?

The answer is simple: build tension.

You have to make your listeners care about what you're going to say next. You have to make the want and need to hear the rest of your message. Tension is how you do that, and in this episode we'll dive into how!

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Why Conversational Preaching is Best (and how to do it)

sermon prep Jun 16, 2022

The best sermons are conversations.

This may seem counterintuitive given that sermons are monologues - you're the only one talking. But in conversational preaching, you give the listener a voice by raising their questions, concerns, doubts, or skepticism.

If done well, you can make each person feel as if you are having a conversation just with them. Like they’re the only person in the room. Like you’re sitting at a table with with them and discussing a problem, a concern, a big thing God wants them to do.

But the question is, "How"? How can you preach in a way that is conversational and gives your listeners a voice? I'll explain my three-step process in this episode.

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Holographic Tech for Multisite Video Preaching (Too Much or Spot on?)

sermon prep Jun 02, 2022

I've served on staff at multi-site churches as well as single-site churches. There are unique challenges and approaches to leading a church with more than one campus.

When it comes to multi-site ministry, there are basically two approaches:

1) Video preaching at the campuses with one live communicator at a "main" campus; or
2) In-person preaching at each campus.

But now there seems to be a third option: Holographic teaching. What? Yes, you read that right. At least one pastor is trying it and we'll look into it in this episode.

Is it a good idea? Is it over the top and excessive? We'll dive into those questions in the episode.

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TWO Ways to Approach Preaching (One is common but terrible)

sermon prep May 19, 2022

This week as I was preparing my message for this Sunday, something hit me.

It would be so easy to preach this text completely detached from it personally.

Hear me out, in any sermon, it would be so easy to stand up, teach through a text, boldly proclaim its claims and call people to obey it - all the while remaining completely unmoved by it myself!

Unfortunately, this is all too common. I want to propose a better way - especially for those times when you study a passage and realize you're not living up to it yourself - but Sunday's still coming!

We'll dive into all of it in this episode of the podcast!

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How to make your points stick when preaching (Sermon prep tips)

sermon prep Apr 13, 2022

One of the most difficult tasks we have as preachers is making our messages stick with people. We all want our listeners to walk out the door and take action on what they've heard from God's word.

But this is not an easy task.

People are distracted and there are many things competing for their attention when we preach.

One way that we can help this problem is by making our points stick in people's hearts and minds. In this episode we're going to talk about how to do just that!

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Simple Vs. Deep: Which is Better for Sermons?

sermon prep Apr 06, 2022

When it comes to preaching, information transfer is not enough. We must aim for transformation in our listeners.

But how to do we preach messages that result in the transformative life-change we're seeking? Some say you gotta be super deep. Others say keep it really simple. So which is better? Which approach leads to life-change?

In this episode, we'll dive into this question and explore the best way to preach messages that are geared toward life-change in our listeners.

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Three Questions to Ask BEFORE You Preach Any Sermon

sermon prep Nov 04, 2021

When you finish writing a sermon, it's important to make sure it's completely ready to go before you preach it.

But this can be complicated if you don't know what to look for or how to determine if your sermon is complete.

In this episode, I'm going to give you three simple questions you can ask yourself before preaching any message to make sure it's 100% ready to go!

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How to Evaluate Your Own Sermon (Message Prep Checklist #10)

sermon prep Sep 16, 2021

It is important to evaluate every message you preach. Intentional evaluation can keep you from repeating distracting mistakes and help you know what's working in your sermon delivery.

But, many preachers avoid evaluation altogether because there's not enough time or it just feels like a negative process.

In this episode, I'll show you a simple, yet effective, way to quickly evaluate any message and gain the insights you need to make the next one better!

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Preaching MUST-DO'S (Sermon Prep Checklist #9)

sermon prep Aug 26, 2021

When you have prepared your sermon well, it's important to make sure you are just as intentional about the delivery.

How you preach your sermon can either make your hard work come to life or leave you and everyone else wondering what just happened!

In this episode, we'll explore some important must-do's of sermon delivery.


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What to put on your sermon handout (Sermon Prep Checklist #8)

sermon prep Aug 19, 2021

Just as important as what people see on the screens when you preach, is what people have in their hands as you preach.

Your handout, bulletin, listening-guide - whatever you call it - should be intentional.

There are three main ways to structure what's on the handout. In this episode, we'll explore all three and I'll let you know which one I think is most effective!

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