Every Sermon Should Answer “Why?” (#CPTConference)


How do we preach to engage in a digital age? That question was the topic of my talk at 2019 Center for Pastor Theologians Conference. I argue (1) that the pervasive triviality on social media offers an opportunity for preachers to say something substantive that cuts through the drivel, and (2) that “bottom line” preaching is a strong strategy for doing that. And you may have guessed from the title that Simon Sinek gets a hat tip, too. CLICK HERE to watch the talk.

Dr. Matt O’Reilly is Lead Pastor of Hope Hull United Methodist Church near Montgomery, AL, and a fellow of the Center for Pastor Theologians.  He is the author of Paul and the Resurrected Body: Social Identity and Ethical Practice, The Letters to the Thessalonians, and Bless the Nations.