Illustrations add sparkle to sermons

Edward Chinn serves as Pastor of All Saints' Church in Philadelphia. He writes a weekly column, "The Wonder of Words," which regularly includes superb illustrations. The illustrations in this edition of "To Ill...

Brown offers insightful illustrations

Stephen Brown, a member of Preaching's Board of Contributing Editors, is Pastor of Key Biscayne Presbyterian Church in Key Biscayne, Florida. He is widely known as a preacher, author, and conference leader. His...

Illustrations aid sermon understanding

BIBLE -- Most influentialA recent poll of 223 corporate CEO's and college presidents identified the Bible as the most influential book among those surveyed. Charles Dicken's A Tale of Two Cities was the second ...

Illustrations from National Conference on Preaching

CHRIST -- Must be central"Martin Niemoller, that wonderful man who had spent time in a Nazi concentration camp, came to Boston while I was still a student at Boston University. I remember after he spoke, the re...

Sermon illustrations aid understanding

ADVERSITY -- Can overcomeAs William Malick notes, Winston Churchill had an overwhelming desire to influence the political life of Britain. Yet his unwillingness to compromise led to his resignation from the gov...

Illustrations aid sermon comprehension

ANXIETY -- Destructiveness ofA state university in New York conducted an experiment in which sheep were given electric shocks to see what level they could tolerate. As the sheep began to anticipate upcoming sho...

Illustrations provide homiletic insights

"AGE -- Has limitsAnybody who can still do at sixty what he was doing at twenty wasn't doing much at twenty." (Jimmy Townsend)CHRIST -- Unites peopleGeorge E. Truett, who was for many years pastor of First Bapt...

Seasonal illustrations aid sermons

ADVENT -- Meaning ofRobert R. Kopp tells the story of Walter, a young man who went to work for the largest corporation in the world. The personnel director told Walter he must start at the bottom and work his w...

Illustrations aid sermon insight

CHANGE -- Essential to improvementJohn Killinger relates the story of the novel The Strange Life of Ivan Osokin by Russian writer P. D. Ouspensky, published in 1937. It was the story of a man who wished to amen...

Illustrations shed light on meaning

ADAPTABILITYWe all learn to make adjustments in life, like the doctor who gave his patient just six months to live. When the fellow didn't pay his bill, the doctor gave him another six months.CHRISTIAN LIFE -- ...