Obama’s Oslo Speech and Sermon Writing

I heard In Oslo Speech, Obama Must Sidestep Land Mines on NPR last week. I believe that the method for writing a presidential speech could be applied to writing a sermon. Here is an excerpt from the article:

Those speeches are crafted in a tiny, low-ceilinged room in the basement of the West Wing, directly underneath the Oval Office, by national security aide Ben Rhodes. … Rhodes says each big speech begins with the president himself laying out his thoughts in outline form. Then Rhodes starts writing, and the president starts editing.

A back and forth between the pastor who would be preaching the sermon and a sermon writing team with the preaching pastor having the final say could produce a well crafted, theologically sound sermon.

Will you please let me know of any preachers that are using a similar model?

Speedlinking – March 6, 2009

An Experiment in Improving UM Social Media Exposure

Kevin Watson at http://deeplycommitted.com has started an experiment to see how much social capital Methodist bloggers have. This experiment was prompted by the feeling among some Methodist bloggers that United Methodism does not always do as good of a job as it could at getting the Wesleyan message out there, particularly on-line. So, he wants to see how many views a YouTube video can get if Methodist bloggers work together to promote it. The experiment is to see how many hits the video will receive in two weeks.

If you want to participate you can: First, watch the video below. Second, copy and paste this entire post into a new post on your blog and post it. Third, remind people about this experiment in one week.

Based on the results of the experiment, Kevin will get in touch with the folks at Discipleship Resources and let them know the ways in which Methodist bloggers are often an underused resource.

Here is a link to the video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1ISKTrScpzQ

You can read Kevin’s original post here – http://deeplycommitted.com/2009/01/07/an-experiment-in-improving-um-social-media-exposure/

Collaboration for Christmas

I find this to be beautiful and genius.

How could the church be more like this? Operating with a particular plan, all moving toward one goal and the result being far greater than what one would be accomplish alone. Could sermons, worship, bible study, administration, committees work like this? Is it possible to be this elegant in the church.

My answer is yes.

How to get there is less clear to me, but I believe that it can happen. What do you think?

Why I use iTunes (4 of 6)

blankI use iTunes nearly everyday when I am at church and use my iPod nano most days that I am on the road. During this current season of spending time at Saint Luke’s Hospital, Resurrection and home I enjoy listening to podcasts of sermons, tech shows and productivity tips. iTunes and the iTunes Music Store provide an easy way to keep up to date on all of these things.

How do you use iTunes?

Listening Outside my Context

I have started to listen more frequently to sermon podcasts as both a spiritual practice and to experience different preaching styles. Here are a few that I have subscribed to thus far. (iTunes links)

You may decided to start listening to a sermon other than the one that you may hear in worship on the weekend as a spiritual practice for Lent. (Other ideas for Lent from Resurrection)

What other suggestions do you have for good preaching / teaching content? What excellent communicators do you listen to? What podcasts would you add to the list above? What about excellent Methodist podcasts?