Use All the Crayons in Your Box

What we put in words we must always supplement with images or illustrations. The word ‘illustrate’ means to illuminate, to throw light on a dark object, and this is what our sermon illustrations should do. People find it very difficult to handle abstract ideas; we need to convert them either into symbols (as in mathematics) or into pictures.”

Stott, The Challenge of Preaching, pp. 62-63

Like a Duck on a Placid Pond, Paddling Furiously Below

“Good preachers prepare conscientiously. They study the text, try to explain it clearly, look for examples and apply it to their listeners’ situation. Their sermons may look effortless, yet behind each sermons lies a lifetime of discipline and hard work.”

Stott, The Challenge of Preaching, p. 52