Art of the Sermon Episode 5: To Lectionary or Not to Lectionary – An Interview with the Hosts of the Pulpit Fiction Podcast

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Guests: Rev. Robb McCoy- Pastor, Two Rivers United Methodist Church, Rock Island, IL
Rev. Eric Fistler- Pastor, First Congregational Church, Crystal Lake, IL
Topic: To Lectionary or Not To Lectionary

Introduction to Robb, Eric, and their ministries (1:19)
Philosophy and approach to preaching (3:02)
Origins of the Pulpit Fiction Podcast (4:48)
The benefits of doing the podcast (7:57)
Choosing when and when not to use the lectionary (10:10)
Strengths of the lectionary (13:11)
Frustration with lectionary edits (15:49)
Alternate lectionaries (17:17)
Knowing what your church and/or the moment needs (18:45)
The future of the Pulpit Fiction Podcast (20:07)
Searching for sermon material on Saturdays (22:23)
Toughest and favorite preaching experiences (23:33)
Impactful preachers/communicators (28:36)
How to follow Robb and Eric (34:12)

Links to things mentioned in the episode

Pulpit Fiction Podcast
Robb and Eric on the SermonSmith Podcast
We Make the Road by Walking: A Year-Long Quest for Spiritual Formation, Reorientation, and Activation by Brian McLaren

Reaching out to our guests

Pulpit Fiction Podcast on iTunes
Pulpit Fiction Website
Pulpit Fiction on Facebook
@PulpitFPodcast on Twitter (Robb McCoy’s blog)
@FatPastor on Twitter (Robb McCoy)
@PastorPirate on Twitter (Eric Fistler)

Next Episode arrives December 15, 2015!

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