Version 1.2 of sermon design has hit the Mac App Store! I’m super excited to share with you some of the new sermon movements and forms are that are included in this version of the app.
In the “movements” category, there are new movements for “Image”, “Connection”, and a “Fractured Syllogism” movement that Fred Craddock suggests as a way of finishing sermons. Also, there is a new category of movements: “Perspectives”. I hope those will be useful in an ad hoc way in several types of sermon forms, but it may also be possible to construct a sermon as a collage of several different perspectives juxtaposed together. I’ll blog some suggestions for doing that here in the near future.
There are also three new sermon forms. First, I’ve included the form Andy Stanley and Lane Joiner have proposed in Communicating for a Change. I had a lot of people request that form, and it certainly has some advantages, though I have some reservations—again, those will have to wait for another post. In the meantime, I hope this will be a useful addition to your palette!
Secondly, I’ve included a form from Samuel DeWitt Proctor. Proctor was a prominent African American preacher in the United States in the twentieth century, and I think you can still hear echoes of his form in some strains of preaching in the contemporary black church. The form he articulated in The Certain Sound of the Trumpet is dialectical, and I think it can be useful to preachers in lots of different church traditions.
Finally, there is a new “Narrative and Backstory” form of preaching. This form begins right at the center of a conflict, immediately capturing the tension of a story, and then looks into the story’s backstory to sharpen the stakes before moving towards resolution. This can be an edgy, intense mode of storytelling, and I’m sure it will be useful on certain occasions.
This update is mostly about the addition of this new content, and I hope that the expansion of the palette to include these new forms will help you think creatively about the range of forms that your sermons might take! Additionally there was a bug in the app that was super annoying to me—the one where you could end up with two highlighted movements in the structure section. That drove me crazy, and for a long time I couldn’t figure out what the heck was causing it. Killing that bug was a great pleasure. I hope it makes your experience in the app just a tad better.
If you’ve already purchased the app, head to the App Store for the update! If you haven’t picked up the app yet, go ahead and check out Sermon Design on the Mac App Store. It retails for $4.99 (US), which is a steal!