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Sermon Prep for the Missional Church #6: Develop

Part six of my soon to be finished series on sermon prep for missional church planters was published last week on the V3 Movement blog. This one focuses on the process of putting a sermon outline together: Perhaps the most varied response out of all of my interviews is to some form of the question: “How do you put your… Read more »

Howard-John Wesley Talks About Sermon Prep (with someone else!)

Slate has recently starting a podcast asking how different people do their work. It’s kind of like Sermonsmith for other careers. Except when they interview a preacher, and then it’s almost exactly kind of like SermonSmith. A few weeks ago, they interviewed Rev Dr. Howard-John Wesley: On this episode of Working, David Plotz talks with the Rev. Dr. Howard-John Wesley… Read more »

Logos 6 Has Arrived: Get it for 15% Off

Logos 6 was released earlier this week. So far, I’ve only updated to the new software without some of the new functionality, but it’s a nice upgrade. Some of the new features look great. The good news is, SermonSmith still has a partnership with Logos and a coupon code worth 15% off any starter package. A new release is a… Read more »

Sermon Prep for the Missional Church Planter #5: Study

Part 5 of my series on Sermon Prep for the Missional Church Planter was published this past week on the V3 Movement blog. It focuses on studying the text: But, of course, there is a time when we have to settle in and do the hard work of engaging the Scriptures to be preached. To get all proverbial, much of… Read more »

Webinar: Streamline Your Sermon Prep With Logos Workspaces

If you are a Logos user, or interested in how Logos works, their occasional webinars are very helpful. Yesterday’s webinar was all about using custom workspaces within Logos for different phases of study. An archived recording is below. (Or find it here if the embedded video won’t work for you.) I learned several nuances that I’m putting into practice for… Read more »

Sermon Prep for the Missional Church Planter #4: Capture

The latest in my ongoing series on Sermon Prep for the Missional Church Planter is on the need to have reliable ways to capture ideas: Maybe only about half of the content in my sermons come out of my allotted prep and study time. I could even put it this way — time set aside for study and research leads… Read more »

A Thousand Questions to Ask the Text

One of the common search terms and Twitter questions I get is people trying to track down A Thousand Questions to Ask the Text. This was a document mentioned by Steve Carter in our second interview ever. It’s one that dates back to his days as a teaching intern with Rob Bell at Mars Hill in Grand Rapids, and it’s… Read more »

That Time I Was a Guest on the Productive Pastor

I had a lot of fun a few weeks ago as a guest on the Productive Pastor, where I tried to summarize what I’ve learned through my first 30 interviews. Chad Brooks does a great job with his podcast, and as he was a previous guest on Sermonsmith, I was glad to return the favor. Find it here: Productive Pastor… Read more »

Sketchnote Preaching, You Say?

Over at The Antioch Session, you’ll find this interesting post about how C. Wess Daniels has discovered the value of using Sketchnotes as his primary method for outlining his sermon: This process of learning to incorporate visual note-taking and sketches into my workflow has helped me immensely in my writing and preaching. For more than a year I have been… Read more »

Have you seen MacSparky’s Presentations Field Guide?

Previous Sermonsmith guest, David Sparks, has published another MacSparky Field Guide on Presentations. While they’re all great, this one is most relevant to all of us preacher types. Thanks to David, I have several copies to give away. Interested? Here’s four ways you can enter: 1) Leave a comment below 2) Let me know on Twitter by sending a tweet.… Read more »