You’ve seen TED talks.
The slogan of TED is:
“Ideas worth spreading.”
What idea could be greater than the Gospel?
So what do sermons have to do with TED talks?
The TED Talk Format
It’s the format.
TED talks are known for being dynamic, hard hitting and very memorable.
Why is that?
As my wife and I dug into several TED videos, it hit me: “Why aren’t sermons like this?”
I think it has more to do with the format than anything else, so I took a look at TED’s rules for speakers and here’s some food for thought:
- No talk can exceed 18 minutes in length.
- Speakers must tell a story or argue for an idea. They may not use the TED stage to sell products, promote themselves or businesses. Every talk’s content must be original and give credit where appropriate. Speakers cannot plagiarize or impersonate other persons, living or dead.
- Speakers must be able to confirm the claims presented in every talk…
I can imagine Jesus’ parables falling within these rules, including that 18-minute mark. Where did we get the idea that we need more time to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ than Jesus Christ himself?
I’ve found that when I’m editing audio, video or writing, the more concise I can be, the tighter I can make an edit, the more powerful it becomes.
What if sermons were more like TED talks?