By John Chandler
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SermonSmith is a series of interviews with thoughtful preachers about the craft of sermon preparation. Guests include Brian Zahnd, Steve Carter, John Mark Comer, Bryan Loritts, AJ Sherrill, Mark Sayers, David Guzik, Tara Beth Leach and more.
||97 – Tim Chaddick||A native to California, Tim’s first ten years of church-planting ministry started as the Lead Pastor of Reality LA in 2006, a thriving church in the heart of Hollywood, CA before moving to the UK in 2016. These churches are a part of the Reality fami||7/10/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||96 – JR Forasteros||JR Forasteros is an author, pastor and podcaster in Dallas, TX. He serves as Catalyst Church’s teaching pastor and wants to be the Unbeatable Squirrel Girl when he grows up. His wife Amanda skates as Mother Terrorista for Assassination City Roller Der||6/19/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||95 – Stephanie Williams O’Brien||Stephanie is one of the founding lead pastors of Mill City Church in urban Minneapolis, Minnesota. She is also the Preaching and Ministry Communication professor at Bethel University and Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota.||6/6/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||94 – AJ Swoboda Returns||Dr. A. J. Swoboda is a professor, author, and pastor of Theophilus in urban Portland, Oregon. He is the lead mentor of a Doctor of Ministry program on the Holy Spirit and Leadership at Fuller Seminary, and teaches theology, biblical studies,||5/22/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||93 – John Mark Comer||John Mark Comer lives, works, and writes in the urban core of Portland, Oregon, with his wife, Tammy, and their three children, Jude, Moses, and Sunday. He is the pastor for teaching and vision at Bridgetown Church. Prior to planting Bridgetown,||5/7/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||92 – Jim Shemaria||Jim Shemaria is the pastor of Celebration Bible Church in Grandville, Michigan (a suburb of Grand Rapids). He grew up in Seattle, moved to Michigan for school in 2003 and began working at Celebration in 2008.||3/20/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||91 – Donnell Wyche||The Reverend Donnell Wyche currently serves as Senior Pastor and Head of Staff at the Vineyard Church of Ann Arbor where he has served for 18 years. The Vineyard Church of Ann Arbor is a growing multi-ethnic,||1/25/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||90 – Rich Villodas||Rich Villodas is the Lead Pastor at New Life Fellowship Church. On October 6th, 2013, Rich succeeded Pete Scazzero as Lead Pastor. Rich was born and raised in the East New York section of Brooklyn. He graduated from Nyack College and then went on to ob.||10/24/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||89: Chris Davis & Nick Parsons||Nick Parsons serves as the lead pastor of Redemption Church in central San Francisco. Nick was born and raised in Phoenix, AZ. He attended Ozark Christian College where he received a BA in Biblical Literature and more importantly, met his wife Rachel.||7/17/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||88 – Ken Shigematsu||Ken Shigematsu is senior pastor of Tenth Church in Vancouver, BC, one of the largest and most diverse city-center churches in Canada. Before entering pastoral ministry, he worked for the Sony Corporation in Tokyo.||7/4/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||87 – David Guzik||David is husband to Inga-Lill and the pastor of Calvary Chapel of Santa Barbara. He has been in Christian service for more than 30 years, including two church plants and more than seven years as a missionary in Germany,||6/13/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||86 – Jorge Acevedo||Jorge Acevedo loves Jesus Christ and his Church. Touched by the grace of God at seventeen, he was never the same. Rescued from a life of addictions, his greatest delight is connecting people to Jesus and the Church. Born in Puerto Rico,||5/31/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||85 – Josh Crain||Josh Crain is the senior pastor of The Meeting House, a multisite church in Pennsylvania. Josh and his wife, Emily, have been married since 2003 and have two young children: Jack (4 years old) and William (1 year old).||5/3/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||84 – Luke Powery||The Rev. Dr. Luke A. Powery is the Dean of Duke University Chapel and Associate Professor of Homiletics at Duke Divinity School. Prior to his appointment at Duke, he served as the Perry and Georgia Engle Assistant Professor of Homiletics at Princeton T.||4/19/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||83 – Jeff Keady and Jonny Craig||Jeff Keady and Jonny Craig are pastors at Dover Church in Orange City, Iowa. They met in a seminary class in June of 2010 and have been friends since. Jeff has been in ministry for more than 27 years in churches ranging from 25 to 700.||4/4/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||82 – Kevin Sweeney||Kevin Sweeney is pastor of Imagine—an urban church in Honolulu that is truly welcoming of all people, sees imagination as the key to the future, chooses authenticity over performance, substance over hype, and quality over quantity.||3/20/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||81 – Pastor Bryan Loritts||Pastor Bryan Loritts is the privileged husband of Korie, and the graced father of three sons- Quentin, Myles and Jaden. He serves the Abundant Life Christian Fellowship of Silicon Valley, California, as the Lead Pastor.||2/27/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||80 – Tara Beth Leach revisited||Tara Beth Leach is the Senior Pastor at First Church of the Nazarene of Pasadena (“PazNaz”) in Southern California. She is a graduate of Olivet Nazarene University (B.A. Youth Ministry) and Northern Theological Seminary (M.Div.).||2/14/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||79 – Kurt Willems||Kurt Willems (M.Div., Fresno Pacific) is the founding pastor of Pangea. He is also a graduate student at the University of Washington focusing on early Christianity, Greco-Roman Religions, and Classical Languages.||1/17/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||78: Jason Lantz||Jason Lantz is passionate about helping leaders launch new initiatives that make disciples of Jesus. He and his wife Suzi have been practitioners of discipleship systems within a large church at RiverTree Christian Church,||1/3/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||77: Jeff Isaacs||Jeff Isaacs returned to the church of his youth in January, 2008 to serve as the Preacher at Riverlawn Christian Church in Wichita, Kansas. Prior to that he was in youth ministry for 13 years across town. He has been married to Jennifer for 21 years an.||11/29/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||76: Mark Sayers||Mark Sayers is the Senior Leader of Red Church in Melbourne, Australia. He provides visionary leadership and teaching for Red Church and is gifted in prophetically speaking into the intersection of faith and culture. Mark is married to Trudi,||11/14/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||75: Scott Daniels||T. Scott Daniels is senior pastor at Nampa College Church of the Nazarene. Scott has also pastored in Pasadena, California and Richardson, Texas and until recently served as the dean of School of Theology at Azusa Pacific University.||10/17/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||74: C.H. Spurgeon via J.R. Briggs||J.R. Briggs becomes our first repeat guest in a different kind of sermon prep conversation. J.R. shares how he is learning and being challenged by Spurgeon’s words on sermon prep in his book: Lectures to my Students. J.R.||9/20/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||73: Jeremy Ashworth||Jeremy Ashworth is a pastor, a spiritual and organizational leader who lives to help people grow in the way of Jesus. He has experience in pastoral ministry and church revitalization in the Midwest, Northwest, and Southwest United States.||9/6/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||72: Tim Conder||Tim Conder is the founding pastor of Emmaus Way in Durham, NC. He is also a PhD Candidate in Cultural Studies at the University of North Carolina. He is an active community organizer with Durham CAN (Congregations, Associations,||8/1/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||71: Kevin Doi||Kevin Doi is a church planter and founding pastor of Epic Church in Fullerton, California. He is also co-founder of JOYA Scholars, a non-profit organization inspiring and preparing students from the Garnet Neighborhood in Fullerton toward higher educat.||7/12/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||70: Laura Truax||Rev. Laura Sumner Truax is the senior pastor at LaSalle Street Church, a non-denominational church in downtown Chicago with a long tradition of uniting individual faith in Christ with God’s call for justice and compassion lived out in the world.||6/26/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||69: Adam Avery||Adam is a graduate of Portland Bible College and Trinity College of the Bible. In August of 2008, Adam and his family packed up their belongings, along with his 12 years of pastoral staff experience, and moved to Vermont to plant a church,||6/12/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||68: Isaac Anderson||Isaac Anderson is a teaching pastor at Jacob’s Well Church in Kansas City, Missouri, where he also oversees the church’s justice initiatives. Isaac holds an MFA in creative writing from Ohio State, and has been a writer-in-residence at Lenoir-Rhyne||5/4/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||67: RD McClenagan||RD McClenagan is the Pastor for Training and a Teaching Pastor at Door Creek Church (a multi-site church) in Madison, WI. RD is a graduate of Furman University and Dallas Theological Seminary. He is married to Emily and they have twin 2 year old daught.||4/20/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||66: Andy Sikora||Andy is the lead pastor of Renew Communities – a missional church he helped plant in 2011. Andy, his wife Meri and their children Kenzie, Eva and Archer, have lived in the Cleveland area since 2005. With a deep rooted passion to see this city renewed||4/5/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||65: Sean Palmer||Sean Palmer is a speaker and writer serving generous-hearted Christians as we re-imagine the church as a beloved community of hospitality and reconciliation, so that all people experience God’s embrace. He is the Lead Minister at The Vine Church in Te||3/22/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||64: Darren Rouanzoin||Darren is the Lead Pastor of the Garden Church, a church planted in 2009 in downtown Long Beach, California. Darren is passionate about awakening this generation to the reality of Jesus and the Kingdom. He has the privilege of leading a growing urban c.||3/8/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||63: David Rice||David has been the Lead Pastor of Markey Church since 2014. He is passionate about connecting the Christian faith with ordinary and everyday life. David is married to Wendy, the love of his life, for nearly twelve years.||2/24/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||62: Felipe Assis||Felipe was born in Brazil but was raised between his native country and The United States. He has earned a Th.B from Seminário Presbiteriano do Norte and an M.Div from Reformed Theological Seminary. Felipe has previously founded and pastored two other||1/18/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||61: Matt Woodley||Matt Woodley is the Editor of PreachingToday.com and the Mission Pastor at Church of the Resurrection in Wheaton, Illinois. He is also the author of The Gospel of Matthew: God With Us and Billy Graham: Leading with Love.||1/6/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||60: Tim Suttle||Tim Suttle is the senior pastor of Redemption Church in Kansas City. He is the author of several books including Shrink: Faithful Ministry in a Church-Growth Culture (2014 Zondervan), An Evangelical Social Gospel? (2011 Cascade Books),||12/21/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||59: David Eiffert||David Eiffert is the youth and young adult pastor of Believers Center of Albuquerque, a church in Albuquerque, NM. He leads 3 weekly youth services, a weekly young adult service, and a weekly inmate bible study. He currently lives in Albuquerque,||12/8/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||58: Abram Kielsmeier-Jones||Abram Kielsmeier-Jones is the pastor of Union Congregational Church in Magnolia, MA, a youth ministry consultant, a husband and father, and a follower of Jesus. He spent more than a decade in youth ministry, working at small, mid-sized,||11/17/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||57: Meredith Dancause||Meredith is the Teaching Pastor at The Meeting House in Carlisle, PA. Along with preaching on Sunday mornings, she also oversees the discipleship team [children’s ministry, youth ministry, community life, and congregational care],||11/3/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||56: Leroy Barber||Leroy Barber has dedicated more than 25 years to eradicating poverty, confronting homelessness, restoring local neighborhoods, healing racism, and living what Dr. King called “the beloved community.” Leroy starts projects that shape society; in 1989||10/21/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||55: John Ray||John Ray is a Youth With A Mission missionary as well as Lead Teaching Elder at Grace Church of Northwest Arkansas. He has almost thirty years of ministry experience in over thirty countries and context as well as a newly minted Masters of Divinity fro.||10/6/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||John Jay Alvaro||John Jay Alvaro is the pastor of Spring Creek Baptist Church. He has a background in art and architecture, and trained for ministry at Duke Divinity School. He is married to Corrie, who is an artist and teacher. Together they are raising their kiddos,||9/15/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Justin Morgan||Justin is the Campus Pastor of Church on Morgan, a multi-site community of Edenton Street United Methodist Church in Raleigh, NC and holds a M.Div from Duke Divinity School and a M.S.W. from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.||7/29/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Dan White||Dan White Jr. co-planted Axiom Church when a core of families moved into the city of Syracuse, NY for a compelling dream; to submerge faith-communities deep into under-resourced neighborhoods. Dan Jr. is also a church planting strategist with the V3 Mo.||7/14/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Luke Norsworthy||Luke is the founding pastor of the Venture Community, an inter-denominational church in the Dallas suburb of Corinth, TX. Luke hosts the Newsworthy with Norsworthy Podcast a weekly podcast discussing Spirituality, Christianity,||6/28/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Ian Diorio||Ian DiOrio became a Christian in his twenties after spending his younger life in the underground music scene in Los Angeles as a DJ. DiOrio has served as a teaching pastor at RockHarbor Church & Eastside Christian Church and currently writes and speaks.||6/11/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Jason Clark||Jason became a Christian aged 17 and soon after graduated with a degree in Theology from the London School of theology in 1991. He is currently a governor and trustee of the London School of Theology. He then went on to qualify as a high teacher in Rel.||5/27/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Jennifer Morrow and Tim Ross||Jennifer Morrow and Tim Ross are about 680 miles away from each other when they preach, but they collaborate on their sermons every week. That’s what this conversation is all about. Resources and Links Mentioned: Partners in Preaching,||5/12/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
Important and Needed Discussion
Those of us who teach regularly have to be intentional about the kinds of workflows that we engage in, but we rarely talk about it. We like to talk about the great sermon, but negate to talk about the time, discipline and effort spent in getting the sermon to that place long before it was ever delivered.
This podcast is bringing that needed discussion to the surface. It's been so helpful for me to hear other people's workflows and to learn how to do the discipline of my craft better.
I've been recommending it to everyone I know who preaches or teaches regularly
Insightful and helpful.
For those who spend their time crafting sermons, this is well worth your time. Very insightful and helpful! I already have 2-3 ideas that I'm going to implement into my sermon prep from the first two interviews. Can't wait for more!
Prepare to get sermonized
I've known for a while that John Chandler hosts a podcast about creating sermons, but have only started listening recently. When I was looking for the podcast, I searched "The Sermonizer". Which is a ridiculous title and I have no reason why I thought it was the name of the podcast.
Luckily for you, the title and content are much better. The sermon smith interviews some great crafters of sermons and there's tons of gold to find as you sift through the episodes. Prepare to get sermonized.
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