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You're right. I'm trying to transition my preaching style and finding it difficult to maintain structure and yet hide the structure/outline. Besides listening to guys like Andy Stanley who do it well, any suggestions on how to do it?

it probably takes twice as much sermon prep time... but definitely an art. an art that comes after the science

Great post! Thanks for sharing this!

Andy's book, "Communicating for a Change" is an awesome book that points out of the "outlines" he commonly uses. Even if you don't follow his exact outline, reading the book will cause you to consider freeing yourself up from the common 3-pointer.

Sorry, the book is called "Communicating for Change."

I think this is true, at times, and certainly offers a fresh approach to Biblical preaching (Jesus style), however, let's not be so bold to say this IS THE WAY to preach today.

Style should never replace substance and some may seem 'old school' in their approach and still have amazing content.

People crave truth.

Dude - seriously a great analogy! Thanks so much for the thought.

For me, it's all about dropping everything into the narrative if the passage. I think most folks have dropped notes, I've found if I can't remember it when I go to speak, it is either information that doesn't need to be there, or it is in the wrong place. If I can't remember it without notes, how on earth will anyone else remember it?

i wonder if this is more of a move toward "inductive preaching." or are you getting at something else?

Ben - Great observation. And just to support Pat's comment about Andy's book, it is a great resource for anyone who is trying to figure out how to use an "endoskeleton" outline.

Andy has a very specific outline that he uses to create his messages and it's often the topic of at least one breakout at both Drive and Orange. Once you hear about it, you'll be able to see it at work in nearly all his messages as well as several other speakers that are around him.

Sorry for the plug...had to do it. :)

I do remember the Andy Stanley formula: you, me, us, what, tha, (or something like that =)

I think it's the allure of story for a "don't tell me what to do" generation. It's why Jesus told parables. They invade the conscious much more effectively.

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