Art of the Sermon Episode 1: The Blessing and Challenge of Preaching Advent – An Interview with Rev. Magrey deVega

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Guest: Rev. Magrey deVega – Senior Pastor at Hyde Park UMC in Tampa, FL
Topic: The Blessing and Challenge of Preaching Advent

Introduction to Magrey and his ministry (2:37)
Magrey’s appointment to Hyde Park UMC (3:38)
The ministry and context of Hyde Park UMC (5:13)
Philosophy and approach to preaching (7:45)
How Magrey keeps on top of the pulse on the congregation (9:42)
Magrey’s new book on Advent (12:19)
Advent as a special season (18:25)
Challenge of preaching Advent/Christmas Eve (20:01)
Sermon planning for Advent/Christmas Eve (22:25)
Keeping Advent fresh (24:49)
Favorite Preaching Experiences (27:30)
Impactful preachers/communicators in Magrey’s life (28:58)
Influential Books (31:40)
How to follow Magrey (33:47)

Links to things mentioned in the episode

Awaiting the Already: An Advent Journey Through the Gospels – Magrey deVega
Under the Unpredictable Plant – Eugene Peterson
The Witness to Preaching – Thomas Long
What Then Shall We Say? Evil, Suffering, and the Crisis of Faith – Thomas Long
Festival of Homiletics

Reaching out to our guest

@mdevega on Twitter
Magrey deVega on Facebook

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Magrey deVega (right) with Florida Conference UMC Bishop Ken Carter

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