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Category Archives: Preaching

“Resonate”: The Presentation Form

I’m continuing my series on Nancy Duarte's book, Resonate (see Communicate for Change and What I Like About the Book). As Duarte points out in her 18-minute TED Talk, she discovered a shape or form that exists in all great presentations (see also a 10-minute overview of the presentation form on Duarte’s website). Duarte contends,Continue →

Look for the Shining Eyes!

I often think about the prophet Jeremiah’s call. In part, God tells Jeremiah, “Do not be afraid of their faces, for I am with you to deliver you” (Jeremiah 1.8, NKJV). That was a meaningful reminder for me when I started out. Transformational leadership and communication is not for the faint of heart! Communicators can’tContinue →

5 Years of One-Point Preaching

It’s been five years since I read Communicating for a Change by Andy Stanley and Lane Jones. Stanley and Jones propose a model for preaching one-point sermons. I embraced the approach immediately. I preached my first one-point sermon right after I started reading the book (I had completed the first two chapters, as I recall).Continue →

“Secrets of Dynamic Communication”

A couple of months ago, I listed some resources by Christian comedian and communicator, Ken Davis, in my post, Developing the Preaching Gift. Davis wrote Secrets of Dynamic Communication. He also offers CD and DVD sets from his 4-day Dynamic Communicators Workshops (DCW). Davis has developed a process he calls S.C.O.R.R.E. (Subject, Central Theme, Objective,Continue →

The 4 Ss of Sermon Preparation

This is an update of a post called 5 Stages of Sermon Preparation that I wrote over a year ago. I’m going from five stages to four because, 1) four is simpler than five, and 2) the first stage in the previous post isn’t really a stage, it is something I need to be doingContinue →

The Preacher’s Burden

Recently, I wrote Developing the Preaching Gift where I listed five steps I am taking to grow as a communicator. One of the steps is to (periodically) review Communicating for a Change by Andy Stanley and Lane Jones (for more on this book, see my post, One-Point Preaching). I am in the process of reviewingContinue →

Developing the Preaching Gift

No matter what our gifts are, we should constantly work on developing them. That certainly includes those of us called to the work forming and equipping followers of Jesus Christ through the proclamation of God’s Word. Unfortunately, too many people believe the old adage, “practice makes perfect.” I once heard John Maxwell say, “Practice doesn’tContinue →

Evaluating Jesus’ First Sermon

This morning, I was reading in Luke 4. As I read the account of Jesus’ first recorded sermon, I thought about how “successful” it was in light according to the way we often think of success (i.e., whether or not it produces some positive response). In a Nazareth synagogue, located in the community where JesusContinue →