I want to introduce a book to you that has greatly assisted my sermon preparation. However, it’s not a book about preaching; it’s a book about improving Powerpoint presentations!
It’s called The Compelling Communicator: Mastering the Art and Science of Exceptional Presentation Design and it’s written by Tim Pollard, a specialist in corporate and institutional presentations. It was recommended to me by David Thommen at Western Seminary in Portland, Oregon. He told me he used it in advanced homiletics classes and so I thought I’d take a look. I was quickly convinced of the genius and utility of the book’s methodology and set out to adapt and apply it to preaching.
The author has provided software (called Message Architect) to assist in presentation/sermon design. It’s free for six months if you buy the book and use the code in it. In the first video below, I use the software to present the message of The Compelling Communicator.