Luke Norsworthy

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Craft and Character | 054 | Luke Norsworthy


Today’s episode is packed with insights from Luke Norsworthy, pastor of Westover Hills Church in Austin, Texas, and author of God Over Good and his newest book, Befriending Your Monsters. His conversation with Steve Carter meanders through all sorts of topics:

  • How to put yourself into sermons without being narcissistic
  • Why Luke uses a checkmark system to track sermon writing progress
  • How the sobering but hope-filled journey of an Afghan family is shaping Luke’s church
  • How Luke receives sermon feedback before Sunday, and why he’s a better preacher because of it

Luke’s final advice? Be grateful every time you preach, regardless of how you feel it went. There will always be another goal to reach, criticism to field, or growth area to explore. For today, be content with where you’re at, trusting grace to carry you wherever you need to go. 

Episode Links

Luke’s books: God Over Good, Befriending Your Monsters

Podcast: Norsworthy


His Church: Westover Hills Church


Check out the book that inspired Luke to write 500 words a day: The War Of Art


“Evil enters your door first as a guest, but it doesn’t leave until it has set itself up as master.”

“If I ever preach discipleship just as what I’m living up to, I’m selling it short.”

“Most people don’t know how to fix a sermon, but they know how to tell you when it’s wrong.”

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Steve Carter is a renowned pastor, speaker, author, and the former lead teaching pastor of Willow Creek Community Church in Chicago.

As host, Steve sits down with ministry leaders to talk about the art of mastering communication while growing in personal character.

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