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Category Archives: Preaching/Teaching

The Crossroads

(Editorial Note: Ignore the stupid face I make at the end. I thought the videographer had already stopped the camera. Whoops). Land plays a critical role in the story of the Bible. In fact, land is as important a character … Continue reading

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The Story: Part 1, Exploring the Backlot

Every January, we host a mid-size group experience called The Story. Over the course of 3 nights, we take participants through the chronological story of the Bible from Genesis to Revelation, from Garden to City. We put the prophets into … Continue reading

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The Story: From Eden to Today

From the Garden of Eden to Canaan to Egypt to Jerusalem to Babylon to Antioch to Rome to Wittenberg to Washington, DC. From Adam to Abraham to David to Jesus to Paul to Augustine to St. Patrick to Luther to … Continue reading

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Presence, Delivery, and Content

Preaching is an art and a science. Every now and then, I get to interact with one of the young communicators on our team to coach them in their platform speaking, and I always come back to three metrics: presence, … Continue reading

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The God of Jacob

I rarely ask my readers for any favors, but today, I’m asking for one small request. In about 10 hours, we leave for our Uprising Student Ministry Getaway. Could you lift just a quick prayer for our students and our … Continue reading

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Theology and the Power Ballad

Your prayer life and eighties rock music are linked. I’m not even kidding. Here’s just a little window into Heather Zempel’s sermon prep process. The process is always a little bit different, but it always includes lots of Biblical study, … Continue reading

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The Preaching Calendar

At NCC, we map out our sermon series in a gathering of the creative and teaching teams at a weekly meeting called Big Idea. We talk about branding, content, music, and other creative ideas. This summer, we are doing a … Continue reading

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Spirit of Peace

We’ve entered into a season where we start to feel the “Spirit of Christmas.” For Ryan and me, it started on Thanksgiving night with a family viewing of Elf and continued with a tour of the Christmas lights at the … Continue reading

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The Methodology of Mythology

Go ahead. Send the emails now. I recognize from the outset the danger of using the term “mythology” in this post because most of us equate the word “myth” with “a story that is not true.” In the proper understanding … Continue reading

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The Porch and the Platform

I’m learning that there is a critical connection between my porch and my platform. My porch is not a metaphor. It’s quite literally my front porch, which I never imagined I would have in DC. While I technically have an … Continue reading

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Miracle in the Mundane

As many of you know, we are reading through the Bible in a year at NCC. It’s called From Garden to City, and it’s kinda a modified NCC Liturgical Plan. Right now, we are reading through Numbers, Joshua, 1 Kings, … Continue reading

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Why I Manuscript

I was meeting with one of “my girls” the other day– I’ve got a handful of girls in my life that have fantastic leadership and teaching gifts and every conversation I have with them encourages me– and we were talking … Continue reading

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The Walk

Last week, I had the honor of speaking at The Walk- the collegiate ministry at Sevier Heights Baptist Church and near the University of Tennessee. I avoided the fact that I actually went to Louisiana State University as I feared … Continue reading

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Book List- Communication

In 2008, I focused on developing my communication skills. The books listed here reflect a wide variety of preaching philosophies, but I found them all to be helpful: Communicating for a Change (Andy Stanley) The Passion-Driven Sermon (Jim Shaddix) Preaching … Continue reading

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