Tools for These Times: Timely Sermons in Uncertain Times

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I move the verses into logical groupings until I have a working passage outline. Many preachers will be content to form a passage outline on a legal pad or in Microsoft Word. I prefer to get less linear and more spatial. Two tools that have made outlining passages easier for me are sketchnoting and mind mapping. When sketchnoting I connect words and images with arrows and other markers to show the relationships between parts of the passage. More often than not, a passage outline gets me close to a preaching outline. Before opening or clicking and scrolling through any commentaries, I usually know which words, concepts, and verses will come to the fore of a sermon.

Only at this point—passage fully outlined and sermon outline well on its way—do I turn to Bible commentaries: technical, application-oriented, and everything in between. It is a review aggregator, bringing together reviews from Amazon, journals, and users to assign a score to a wide variety of Bible commentaries. You can sort by type of commentary technical, pastoral, and devotional—all subjective assignments to some degree , by series, and by book of the Bible. The site also includes ratings for Old and New Testament introductions, Hebrew and Greek grammars, theology books, and more.

Personal workflow preference will dictate whether you want to build your commentary library in print, access commentaries via library loan, or carry around massive tomes in your pocket through digital editions—whether on Amazon Kindle or through any of the Bible software platforms mentioned above. Electronic editions of the Bible make word searching instantaneous, though concordances still serve a similar purpose. As I pore through commentaries, I also brainstorm illustrations to support points in my sermon outline.

My primary source for illustrations are life itself, news items, conversations, books, and what I've stored over many months in my Evernote note-capturing app.

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Here are a few sources for current events and human interest stories:. A good illustration could pop up at any time. The trick is to always have something with which to record an idea, a conversation, or a compelling insight. With my verse-by-verse User Notes in Accordance Bible Software, sermon illustrations and related articles in Evernote, and a pocket notebook for when I want to untether from technology, I usually compile sermon research in no more than three places.

With my research nearing completion, I refine my outline as a mind map and then export it to a writing app.

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Most mind mapping apps allow for one-click or one-tap export to another app. Many pastors will be content with Microsoft Word, but almost everyone I know who has discovered Scrivener has never looked back. Scrivener is a full-featured writing app available for Mac, Windows, and—as of July —iOS platforms.

All research for a given project whether Web links or. There is a plethora of writing apps for tablets, too: Ulysses, 1Writer, and more.

I try not to grossly exceed a certain word count and number of minutes. The preparation process is definitely over the moment I walk into the pulpit! Listening to audio or watching video helps me more fully imagine how the congregation might be hearing my sermons. Occasional sermon feedback forms given to key listeners can help, too. Sign up for our free CT Pastors Newsletter newsletter: Each weekly CT Pastors issue equips you with the best wisdom and practical tools for church ministry. Make the Church more beautiful. Sections Home.

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