Michael Todd's UNFORGETTABLE Sermon Illustration (Welcome to the Deep / Anchored / Transformation)

sermon development Feb 02, 2021

Michael Todd, Lead Pastor of Transformation Church in Tulsa, OK, gave a sermon last Sunday in which he illustrated a point in a super creative, memorable way. In this video, I'll show you what he did and draw out some principles and lessons we can learn from it as pastors who want to capture and maintain the attention of our listeners when we preach.

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Inviting VS Pushing (A better way to give application in sermons)

sermon development Jan 19, 2021

Sometimes a direct approach to application is needed, but in other cases an invitational approach might be more effective.

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Reaching the Heart AND Mind – Preaching by Tim Keller – Book Review

sermon development Jun 18, 2020

Tim Keller’s Book, Preaching: Communicating Faith in an Age of Skepticism, has been instrumental in my development as a preacher.


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What I Learned Doing Stand-Up Comedy for the First Time - Lessons for Pastors

sermon development Sep 18, 2019

I've always been fascinated with stand-up comedy, and I've always wanted to try it. I finally did recently and I wanted to share with you what I am learning from the experience and what the take always are for us as preachers.


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Preaching Donkey is Turning 5!

Five years ago this week I launched Preaching Donkey! Preaching Donkey was born out of a desire to discover the most effective ways to create and deliver messages that captivate and inspire listeners toward life-change.

Discovering what works in preaching was, and still is, a passion of mine because of the disconnect between best-practices in communication and what is so often the norm in preaching.

I first noticed this disconnect while I was completing my undergraduate program. I majored in communication and learned how to connect and communicate with people. Then, in my graduate work in seminary, I learned how to bore everyone with the Bible.

The way preaching was taught, at least how it was taught to me and so many pastors I’ve helped over the years, was so stilted and technical that it would satisfy the rubric of a seminary professor, but it would put everyone else to sleep. I knew there had to be a better way to preach biblically sound sermons that were, at the same...

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What's the Difference Between PREACHING and TEACHING??

sermon development Jun 06, 2019

In this video, we discuss the difference between preaching and teaching.


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Kill these 5 Distracting Preaching Habits

sermon development Mar 25, 2019

Every preacher has physical tendencies that unintentionally distract the audience. Sometimes these are known by the preacher and other times they are ticks and habits that must be pointed out to be changed. Public speaking in any context, and especially in a church setting, engages your whole mind and body. This means speakers can easily find themselves neglecting to pay attention to their body language and physical habits because they have to remember what to say … and everyone is watching.

All of us could use some coaching in this area. When I look back through videos of my sermons I notice more distracting physical tendencies than I care to admit! But there is hope and we can all overcome these by knowing what they are and working to eliminate them.

In this video we will explore five common physical distractions I’ve observed in preachers over the years. I’ve also seen a good amount of these in my own preaching and have sought to correct and eliminate them.


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5 Distracting Physical Habits of Preachers

sermon development Mar 24, 2019

In this video we explore 5 common habits preachers have that are a distraction from their message.

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How to Preach Conversationally

sermon development Sep 27, 2018

What is conversational preaching? What does it look like to preach in a conversational tone? There are many different styles and methods to use when we preach – proclamational, authoritative, narrative – to name a few. And we may employ any number of these styles throughout a preaching career and even in a single sermon. But the tone that, I believe, should pepper our messages is a conversational tone. This article will explain the importance of conversational preaching and how we can utilize it. But first it’s important to define it.

 Preaching conversationally is not about having a light-hearted, folksy cadence to your speech. Rather, it’s more about how you place yourself in the seat of your listeners and make them feel heard. To preach conversationally, anticipate what your listeners are thinking and seek to give them a voice when you preach. If preachers seek to speak in a conversational tone, they will empathize with their listeners and...

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What’s the Difference Between Preaching and Teaching?

sermon development Aug 18, 2018

What’s the difference between preaching and teaching? This is a question a lot of church leaders ask. Or perhaps it could be posed this way, “Is this particular form of speaking considered preaching or teaching?” There is a difference, but it can be hard to articulate exactly what that difference is and why it matters. The words we use to describe our communication are important.

It’s important to have clarity so that you know, as a presenter, what your aim should be in a given context – whether preaching, teaching or otherwise. As for the delineation between preaching and teaching, this article will show you what the difference is and why it is important to distinguish between the two forms of communicating content. Simply put: The difference between preaching and teaching is that preaching is primarily geared toward life-change while teaching is primarily aimed at transferring knowledge.

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