Who’s Holding You Up?

Who’s Holding You Up?

During a recent sermon, I shared an illustration I have used during counseling sessions over the years. It was very different doing this illustration in the pulpit, rather than in front of one or two persons across a desk. And I typically do not use any type of...

Autobiography in Five Short Chapters

There is a sermon illustration I have used over the years in preaching about personal change, spiritual conversion, and new beginnings. It’s called, Autobiography in Five Short Chapters, by Portia Nelson. I am often asked to repeat it or where it can be found....

Indecent Exposure in the Pulpit

To illustrate is to shed light on a subject. Illustrations are like windows in a house. They let the light in. They can also let in voyeurs, seeking to eye the forbidden. Voyeurism is not just the vice of those who want to see what they should not see. It is also the...

Seeing Beyond The Obvious

During the 1870 annual conference of the Methodists of Indiana, the president of the college where the group met began to talk about the exciting age they were living in. The presiding bishop asked, “What do you see?” The college president responded, “I believe we are...