What Happens After the Cutting Room Floor?

I love movies. I could watch (and have watched) some moves over and over and over again. I know I get this form my Dad—he’s a movie buff and I have fond memories of sitting in the middle of the living room floor with him while we watched together. The final version of the movie, called the final cut, is …

The Key to Engaging Messages: Purposeful Subtraction

I’ve always been fascinated with sculptors. These artists take a block of raw material and remove it in such a way that it becomes a masterpiece remembered for ages. Think about it. David was a block of marble before Michelangelo removed most of it. The masterpiece wasn’t an art of complication, but an art of simplification. The beauty wasn’t in …

Why I Preach One Point Sermons

In many ways, the three point sermon is the sacred cow of the traditional pastor (or preacher, if you prefer). The three point sermon is lauded as the ideal balance for meeting the spiritual needs of the congregation and can only be improved upon if there is a sweet morsel of poetry attached delicately to the end. Or is it? …