What is it like to write a sermon? How do pastors choose the topics they will preach about? What exactly goes into sermon preparation and planning?

Questions like these are the driving force behind the new “Behind the Sermon” podcast launched by my fellow pastorĀ Todd Lovell and me. We serve as the podcast’s hosts, while our colleague Nathan Lindsey serves the role of producer.

Our goal in Behind the Sermon is to talk about issues in preaching, theology, and ministry with specific reference to the sermon preparation that we do each week for our congregation at First Church Springdale. Some of that will be specific to our context, but a lot of it will also be relevant for preaching and pastoral ministry in general.

We’re working on registering the podcast with iTunes. Until then, you can access Behind the Sermon from our podcast page on the First Church website. Click on the red “Listen to BTS” tab for each episode to listen to it directly from the website. Or right click on the red tab to download the mp3 to your computer or mobile device.

I’ll list the links to each episode we’ve posted thus far. And I’ll definitely notify our listeners when we’re up and running on iTunes. Thanks for listening, and feel free to share with others!

Episode 1 – September 18, 2015

Episode 2 – September 23, 2015

Episode 3 – September 30, 2015