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TSC004: Leonard Sweet on Reshaping What It Means To Be A Jesus Follower Today

The Smart Church Podcast

Release Date: 12/11/2017

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On today’s show we welcome Jason Moore, award-winning digital artist and co-founder of Midnight Oil Productions.

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On today’s show we welcome James Lee, Manager of Visual Arts at The United Methodist Church of Greater New Jersey Annual Conference.

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On today’s show we welcome Bishop Robert Schnase, resident bishop of the Rio Texas Annual Conference and author of numerous bestselling books.

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On today’s show we welcome Mike Bonem, speaker, congregational leadership coach and author of Thriving in the Second Chair: 10 Practices for Robust Ministry (When You’re Not in Charge).

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On today’s show we welcome, Dr. Lovett H. Weems, distinguished professor of Church Leadership and the former Director of the Lewis Centre of Church Leadership, where he currently serves as Senior Consultant.

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On today’s show we welcome Rev. Audrey Warren, pastor of First United Methodist Church of Miami Florida, where she has been serving as a United Methodist pastor for the past six years.

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TSC004: Leonard Sweet on Reshaping What It Means To Be A Jesus Follower Today show art TSC004: Leonard Sweet on Reshaping What It Means To Be A Jesus Follower Today

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On today’s show we welcome Len Sweet, a theologian, semiotician, church historian, pastor and bestselling author who communicates the gospel with a signature bridging of the worlds of faith, academia and popular culture.

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TSC003: Rev. Karoline M. Lewis on The Power Of Inclusion and the Need for a More Authentic Ministry show art TSC003: Rev. Karoline M. Lewis on The Power Of Inclusion and the Need for a More Authentic Ministry

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On today’s show we welcome Karoline M. Lewis, preacher, presenter and the author of SHE: Five Keys To Unlock The Power Of Women In Ministry.

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TSC002: Richard Rogers on Being a Disciple In The Market Place and Implementing E-Giving In The Local Church show art TSC002: Richard Rogers on Being a Disciple In The Market Place and Implementing E-Giving In The Local Church

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On today’s show we welcome Richard Rogers, Ministry Strategist at Horizons Stewardship and author of the book, The E-Giving Guide For Every Church: Using Digital Tools To Grow Ministry. Topics include: The transition from corporate to ministry and consulting. Being a disciple in the market place. The E-Giving Guide , practical ways to help grow ministry. Defining stewardship and generosity. Push back from local leaders in the church surrounding e-giving. Understanding sacred versus a method. Strategies and tools surrounding the introduction and implementation of e-giving. Percentages for...

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On today’s show we welcome Rosario Picardo, founding and Lead Pastor of Mosaic Church in Dayton, Ohio, founder of Picardo Coaching LLC, and author of Funding Ministry with Five Loaves and Two Fishes. Topics include: Going through growing pains of a new church while balancing real life. Understanding scale and economy when selecting the right leaders for a church plant. What inspired Roz to write his new book, Funding Ministry with Five Loaves and Two Fishes. Why it is critical for pastors to be financial leaders, personally and spiritually. How mentors can impact your life to...

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On today’s show we welcome Len Sweet, a theologian, semiotician, church historian, pastor and bestselling author who communicates the gospel with a signature bridging of the worlds of faith, academia and popular culture.

Topics include:

  • How do we get the church to change the world?
  • Teaching the young and old about new reformation.
  • Why we need to be lifting up Christ more than the church.
  • Find out more about Len Sweet’s journey as a preacher.
  • Discover what inspires Len to write and raise race horses.
  • Len explains the process of getting his first book published.
  • Why the church was made for the challenges we are facing today.
  • Should we be starting from the future and working back.
  • Understanding the essence of what the Kingdom is.
  • Len’s thoughts on same sex marriage and gay rights.
  • Communicating to the TGIF culture through stories.
  • The importance of becoming a lifelong learner.
  • Why Christians have to rediscover the table.
  • Are we suffering from JDD – Jesus Deficit Disorder?
  • And much more!

Bio:

Len Sweet is an American theologian, semiotician, church historian, pastor, and author. He is the author of over 300 articles, 200 sermons and more than 50 books and currently hosts his own preaching website called preachthestory.com. Len has been named one of the 50 Most Influential Christians in America and currently serves as the E. Stanley Jones Professor of Evangelism at Drew Theological School at Drew University, in Madison, New Jersey.

Sweet is founder and President of SpiritVenture Ministries. His writings focus on the study of Semiotics. He has over 1000 published sermons, and currently is the chief weekly contributor to the lectionary-based sermons.com. Sweet has weekly podcasting on iTunes entitled Napkin Scribbles.

Sweet has served a term on the council of the American Society of Church History and was an associate editor of the Journal of the American Academy of Religion for ten years. An honors and Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Richmond, he earned his Master of Divinity degree from Colgate/Rochester/Bexley Hall/Crozer and PhD from the University of Rochester.

Learn more about Len Sweet at leonardsweet.com, LinkedIn, and Twitter.