I only spent three years living around Seattle, but I still carry a wee torch for it. That makes it a joy and a treat to talk to someone doing thoughtful sermons there, someone like Kurt.
The holidays proved disruptive for Sermonsmith, but it was good to be back and it and get the year started right. I didn’t know Jason prior to our interview, but in particular I enjoyed hearing his passion for using the many opportunities in their multi-site church to develop others in the art of giving a sermon.
If Jeff is the Sermonsmith guest I’ve known the longest, he’s close. It was fun to catch up after many years but also to hear the steady rhythm he had formed for the week to week work of sermon prep.
I’ve read a handful of Mark Sayers’ books, as well as seen/heard a number of lectures he’s done. He’s a helpful voice for imagining Christianity in a changing culture. But most of all, I appreciate that his primary calling is still to lead his own local church. So, I was happy to have him and all his thoughtfulness as a guest on Sermonsmith.
How much fun to have my friend, and first guest, J.R. Briggs be the first repeat guest on Sermonsmith. J.R. shared what he has been learning about sermon prep from the writings of one of the most famous of history’s preachers: Charles Spurgeon.
One of my favorite parts of doing Sermonsmith interviews is how rapport quickly comes with someone I don’t know when we talk about a shared passion. I certainly felt that in this interview with Jeremy. Our processes don’t look much alike, but our hearts align.
Tim Conder co-wrote a book called Free For All, with a subtitle of “Discovering the Bible in Community.” After reading his book, I knew he would have a different perspective on sermon prep, so I was glad to have him as a guest on Sermonsmith.
One of the fun things about the Sermonsmith podcast is finding an excuse to continue conversations. I met Kevin years ago, only talked for a little while at a conference, but had a lot of respect for what he had to say. I’m glad I could invite others along when we continued that conversation on the Sermonsmith podcast.
I first contact Laura about a year ago after she was recommended for the podcast. Took some doing for us to get the schedule worked out, but I’m glad we finally did. She was an energetic and thoughtful interview with much to share from her experience preaching in urban Chicago.
Sermonsmith took an unplanned break in the midst of a bunch of disruption in the life of our family. But it was good to be back at it in this interview with Adam Avery, a friend from Church at the Well in Burlington, VT. He’s a good guy other than the Bengals fan bit.
I think everytime someone has mentioned that they enjoy Buechner during a Sermonsmith recording, I with that conversation could go on longer. Isaac Anderson mentioned Buchner.
I ask most of the same questions with each Sermonsmith interview, and yet I find new richness of thought in the responses of every guest. I appreciated the intense yet humble posture RD brings to the process of preparing his sermons.
Hey, what fun to be interviewed by Zac and Chad for the After 9 podcast. Zac and Chad are two fun and thoughtful guys with a podcast about church ministry to students. They invited me to try to summarize 65ish hours of conversations from all my Sermonsmith interviews. Thanks for the easy task guys!
After only an hour of conversation with him, it’s evident that Andy is an energetic and passionate guy. That’s certainly the case when he is talking about writing sermons.
Sean preaches not too far up the way from me in Temple, TX. I’d already heard him on my friend Shane Blackshear’s podcast, so I knew he would have thoughtful things to say about preaching.
I always enjoy conversations with thoughtful people. Matthew Watson is a thoughtful person. Therefore I enjoyed this conversation. I hope you will too.
Darren and I share many mutual friends, but this was our first time meeting and as always, I enjoyed the conversation. Darren was jet lagged but you wouldn’t know it to hearing his passion come through
The Sermonsmith podcast is supposed to be bi-weekly, but a few schedule disruptions stretched me out to about five weeks between episodes. It was good to be back at it with an old friend from grad school, David Rice.
I’ve enjoyed connecting with the leaders from this church in Burlington, VT over the last year since I met them. I suppose that comes through pretty well in this podcast.
My latest Sermonsmith podcast was with Felipe Assis, the pastor of Crossbridge Church in Miami, FL.