Why You Should Preach Like TED (or at least give it a shot)

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Why You Should Preach Like Ted or at least give it a shotUnless the rock you’re living under still has dial-up Internet, you’ve probably seen a TED Talk. These short videos have been shared on social media, embedded into websites and viewed over a billion times. TED (Technology, Education and Design) has become the benchmark by which all other presentations are measured.

You realize your sermon is a presentation, right?

TED Talks have impacted the way people receive information in the 21st Century. While you’re carefully crafting your sermons through the week, your audience is watching TED Talks with rapt attention. They don’t even check their watches or wonder if they’ll still have time to make it to the buffet.

Talk Like TedCarmine Gallo, an accomplished communicator and author of such books as The Presentation Secrets of Steve Jobs and the new book, The Storyteller’s Secret: From TED Speakers to Business Legends, Why Some Ideas Catch On and Others Don’t, has distilled the secrets of the best TED Talks in his book Talk Like TED. With thorough examination of research data, scientific studies and examples from the talks themselves, Gallo offers plenty of encouragement for developing killer presentations and talking like TED. Continue reading

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Church Hopping from Generational IQ by Haydn Shaw

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Baby Boomers and Church Hopping

Chgenerationaliqurch hoppers are hooked on a feeling more than on God. When they find a church they like, it’s all new, shiny, and exciting. The sermons are different and the people are wonderful–unlike those needy or irritating people from the last church. Then a year passes, and they discover that these people are needy or weird just like the people in the last four churches. Three years later, the worship songs don’t move them anymore. They wonder why their minster can’t preach more like this guy they’ve been listening to on the radio. And they begin to wonder if God perhaps wants them to go someplace where they can be fed spiritually, because they’re certainly not feeling it here. Individualism brought God close; hyperindividualism applied a consumer’s attitude toward churches, and it has stunted Boomers’ spiritual growth.

A Review of Love Wins by Rob Bell

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I wrote this review in June, 2011. Much like the book itself, it’s fairly irrelevant now but I wanted to include it on the site for the curious.

Over the last couple of months, several people have asked me what I thought of Rob Bell’s book, Love Wins. I hadn’t read it, but I had watched the trailer (which is often enough for me to form opinions about movies) and watched enough interviews with Bell that I thought I could put together an opinion—and maybe a sermon. But one friend of mine kept insisting that I needed to read the book before I could comment on it, so finally I gave in, went to Wal-Mart, dropped $16.95 on this barely 200 page book and started reading. Continue reading