Pastoral Pointer | Finding Great Illustrations

The more experienced a preacher you become, the less time it will take you to do exegesis, outlining, and preparation. You can become very proficient at that. Illustrating the sermon, however, will become harder because of the demand for fresh, culturally relevant illustrations that truly serve and illuminate the text. So, where do you find illustrations that are both memorable and relevant? Here are a few suggestions about where to look—and what to avoid.

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Pastoral Pointer | Personal Illustrations

Few illustrations grab attention and create interest like personal stories from a pastor’s life, but the path to clarity has some hidden and dangerous landmines. Is it too personal? Does it embarrass family members? Does it distract from the goal of the sermon and the meaning of the text? Dr. York helps preachers think through the purpose and process of using personal illustrations without hurting relationship or the exposition of the Scriptures.

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