5 Days to Better Sermon Preparation

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J.R. Miller | Forum Activity | Posted: Wed, Apr 25 2012 3:15 PM

Some folks are familiar with my series on using Logos for sermon preparation. But over the last year, I have had folks ask if I could add some more information about the actual 5 day planning process behind the Logos series. I have started to post those videos on YouTube on the following playlist http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL8AA3949989A57B88

If you like it, please share it around.

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Brother Mark | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Apr 25 2012 6:49 PM

Joe, as always, KILLER series.  Thank you very much!

 

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J.R. Miller | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Apr 26 2012 1:33 PM

hmmm... I am not getting emails for replies, but glad I checked back. You are welcome brother!  Much more to come in the next 8 weeks... at least 1 to 2 new videos each week. :-)

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Mark Smith | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Apr 26 2012 1:51 PM

I liked what you said and did as well. Looking forward to the rest of the series.

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J.R. Miller | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Apr 26 2012 1:56 PM

Thanks Mark, If you are interested, this other series is also on preaching, but not specifically about using Logos. 

http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL6D7F5527B0E9286D&feature=plpp

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Josh | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Apr 26 2012 4:06 PM

Very cool. Well made video, too. Thanks.

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Keep Smiling 4 Jesus :) | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Apr 27 2012 7:51 AM

Joe Miller:
If you like it, please share it around.

Added link to this thread on wiki page => Logos 4 Video Tutorials

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J.R. Miller | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Apr 27 2012 2:42 PM

Thanks Josh & thanks KS4J for creating that link.

If anyone is willing to like the videos on YouTube, leave a comment, and/or able to promote them on FB / Twitter, etc... I sure would appreciate it.  Everything is free, so your Kudos are a great payment of appreciation :-)

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Philana Crouch | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Apr 27 2012 7:12 PM

This series is excellent!

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J.R. Miller | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, Apr 28 2012 7:40 AM

Thanks Philana :-)

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Philana Crouch | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, Apr 28 2012 10:31 AM

FYI if you have an iPad download the new app Pocket (formally Read It Later) it allows you to save and tag videos, so you can have a quick way to gather various video tutorials. I used it to "bookmark" Joe's video series and it's a great interface. It also then allows you to share the video (or article) on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn as well!

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Friedrich | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, May 1 2012 10:41 AM

Philana Crouch:

FYI if you have an iPad download the new app Pocket (formally Read It Later) it allows you to save and tag videos, so you can have a quick way to gather various video tutorials. I used it to "bookmark" Joe's video series and it's a great interface. It also then allows you to share the video (or article) on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn as well!

great suggestion, Philana, thank you!

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J.R. Miller | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, May 1 2012 9:44 PM

Just posted the next video in the series.  I probably wont post any more announcements here, but there should be one a week for the next few weeks until the series is complete

http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL8AA3949989A57B88&feature=plcp

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Brother Mark | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, May 2 2012 5:47 AM

Joe Miller:

Just posted the next video in the series.  I probably wont post any more announcements here, but there should be one a week for the next few weeks until the series is complete

http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL8AA3949989A57B88&feature=plcp

Joe, for those of us who appreciate the videos, please reconsider posting here when you publish new videos :)

 

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J.R. Miller | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, May 2 2012 7:22 AM

Brother Mark:
Joe, for those of us who appreciate the videos, please reconsider posting here when you publish new videos :)
Mostly its a time issue for me.  Maybe someone who is subscribed to either my blog or my YouTube channel would be willing to help out by posting the links for me?  Any volunteers?

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John Duffy | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, May 3 2012 8:45 AM

Thanks Joe for your post.  I personally try to do a three day sermon preparation schedule, but circumstances make even that difficult at times.

I know it's a different train of thought, but while there are many excellent tutorials, resources and books on expository sermon preparation, can anyone suggest some helpful resources on preparing topical sermons?  While the later preparation steps are in common with expository sermon preparation, I haven't come across much that advises or helps in detail in the early stages of preparing topical sermons, even though I've read or consulted a fair number of books on the topic.  I'm not thinking of situation specific sermons, such as weddings and funerals, but run of the mill topical series or individual sermons.

Any suggestions?

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J.R. Miller | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, May 3 2012 7:04 PM

John Duffy:
can anyone suggest some helpful resources on preparing topical sermons? 
Starting next week, I have a series starting on YouTube that covers the types of preaching (Exegetical, Expository, Topical, Narrative, etc...), but I suspect not with the kind of details you are looking for.

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JT (alabama24) | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, May 3 2012 7:49 PM

John Duffy:
can anyone suggest some helpful resources on preparing topical sermons?

I don't know if this is what you are looking for, but one of the books that I like most on this subject is Communicating for a Change: Seven Keys to Irresistible Communication by Andy Stanley. Unfortunately it is not in the Logos system yet. Stanley's primary contention is that sermons should be presented differently if the goal is life change. He shares his Me-We-God-You-We sermon road map, to craft a memorable one point sermon. 

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John Duffy | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, May 4 2012 12:24 AM

Hi Alabama24, thanks for that pointer.  Yes, I'm in theory converted to the principle that a sermon ought to be seeking 'transformation' in people's lives, rather than mere 'communication' of truth (it's a little more diffcult to keep to that in practice, though).  And that a sermon generally ought to have one main thrust, which the main and sub points support.  This is not too difficult for an expository sermon, generally speaking.

However, my desire is to try to find some helpful pointers on preparing topical sermons.  I know that I can just choose a topic, and find Bible verses to suit, but I wonder if there is advice that I might benefit from (or rather that my hearers might receive the benefit) from those much more expert in preaching and teaching on the subject.  Even if there is no 'correct' method of preparing a topical sermon, I'm sure there would be benefit from analysing trends or features of the best topical sermons preached.  I'm keen to learn how to preach better topical sermons, and imagine that there would be some specific teaching on the subject already.

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John Duffy | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, May 4 2012 12:35 AM

Joe Miller:
Starting next week, I have a series starting on YouTube that covers the types of preaching (Exegetical, Expository, Topical, Narrative, etc...), but I suspect not with the kind of details you are looking for.

Hi Joe, I've got some info on the different types of preaching, as you outline.  It analyses some of the structural differences and advantages/disadvantages etc. of each type of preaching.  That is helpful. 

But I'm looking for more detail as to preparation steps for a topical sermon.  There are some points that seem fairly obvious to me, but as I don't preach topical sermons as much as some people do, I'm sure that I could learn from others more expert in the subject.  There might not be a 'right' way of preparing topical sermons, but there might be just some very helpful tips, as well as things to avoid.  Or have I got it wrong - is preparing a topical sermon really so easy that there really isn't any need to learn from others on the subject? Confused

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