7 Safeguards for Using Humor in Preaching

By | 2017-01-04T00:15:28+00:00 September 7th, 2016|

Laughter is good for the soul. Think back to a time when you and your friends or family burst into uncontrollable laughter. Aren't these some of the best moments of your life? Laughter unites us. It reminds us that we are all imperfect. Plus it just feels good. There are some who argue that there [...]

The Bible – A Forgotten Source For Sermon Illustrations?

By | 2017-01-04T00:15:28+00:00 August 16th, 2016|

Great preachers are great story tellers. Jesus is the perfect example (literally). Sermon illustrations are important. They wrap heavenly ideas and in earthly examples. For this reason, I always collect good illustrations when I find them. Get some from my personal collection here. In fact, a good illustration is often the most memorable part of [...]

Winchester Mystery House

By | 2017-01-04T00:15:30+00:00 April 28th, 2016|

Without a purpose for your life or ministry, you will have a lot of activity with little progress. Nestled in the suburbs of San Jose, California, is an interesting tourist attraction: an estate built by the heir of the Winchester rifle fortune. In 1884, a wealthy widow named Sarah L. Winchester began a thirty-eight-year construction project guided [...]

The Law of the Pendulum

By | 2017-01-04T00:15:30+00:00 April 25th, 2016|

What you truly believe is shown more through your actions than you words. In college I was asked to prepare a lesson to teach to my speech class. We were graded on our creativity and ability to drive home a point in a memorable way. The title of my talk was, “The Law of the [...]

Children Suffer From Secondhand Stress

By | 2017-01-04T00:15:30+00:00 April 22nd, 2016|

Does our busyness negatively impact our children? In the “Ask the Children” survey, researcher Ellen Galinsky interviewed more than a thousand children in grades three through twelve and asked parents to guess how kids would respond. One key question asked the kids what one thing they would change about the way their parents’ work was [...]

Rockefeller Tithes

By | 2017-01-04T00:15:30+00:00 April 21st, 2016|

If we don't make a habit of tithing when we are poor, would we really tithe if we were rich? In his book The Little Red Book of Wisdom, author Mark DeMoss tells a story about John D. Rockefeller. The Standard Oil founder, who died in 1937, was one of the world’s richest business barons. [...]