6 Surprising resources for finding sermon/teaching illustrations that captivate your audience.
Many sermons I’ve heard are like windowless room without a view into culture and art. Enter BrainPickings. Maria Popova’s Site is a “LEGO treasure chest full of pieces spanning art, science, psychology, design, philosophy, history, politics, anthropology, and more…” Although she writes from a secular perspective, this has helped me to both find illustrations and get into the mind of an unbeliever. Super-helpful. I read this on a daily basis. It makes me feel like Tim Keller. (Click here to read.)
I’ve subscribed to this site because Jim Denison is a master at analyzing the news and somehow extracting a biblical thought from them. I read it both for personal edification and when I want to find a relevant example of a Biblical principle. If you want to show that you’re topic is relevant for today, you can’t go wrong with "News Discerned Differently" at DenisonForum.org.
This is Jim Denison's special email for pastors. I really enjoy reading
through this one. If you sign up, he will send you his latest sermon transcript, along with current news, facts and cultural illustrations.
This has been a life -saver whenever I've gotten stuck on a Saturday night. If you sign up for their yearly subscription, you'll have the ability to type in a topic and search through stacks of relevant illustrations. Although a they charge a fee for full access, they do offer a free trial and a free email newsletterthat sends free illustrations to your inbox.
Show then Tell Ebook (52 Illustrations)
Can you use 52 illustrations of the gospel? Check out this eBook: "Show then Tell: 52 illustrations for believing and living the gospel." I've used many of these on a Sunday morning and they rarely fail to captivate. And it's free. FREE. Find it here:: http://www.pastoralized.com/sh... (you do need to give your email address, but he rarely sends out emails.)