No, You Are Not Actually the Power Source
This sermon illustration tells the story of crossing a bridge in the dark to demonstrate the false ideas we easily believe when we think we have control of our own environment.
Esther, Healing and Stumbling Blocks
This lectionary resource includes worship planning tools and sermon starter notes for the story of Esther risking her life to advocate for the people of Israel and Jesus' warnings to avoid causing others to stumble.
Spirit, Truth, and Samaritans
A commentary on John 4:5-42 addresses the theme of cross-cultural barriers and our universal need for water in our spiritual lives.
From Bondage to Freedom
This excerpt from Norma Cook Everist's book "70 Images of Grace in the Epistles" explores several images of grace and offers examples of each that can serve as sermon illustrations.
Love vs. the Competitive Drive
These case studies would make good sermon illustrations for Christ-like self-sacrifice in the workplace. One describes a cutthroat, competitive business strategy while the other describes a woman who privileges her coworkers over her own commission.
Compromising in Order to Maximize Profits
These two stories about the Christian executives of Enron and Worldcom, two companies with widespread internal corruption, would make good sermon illustrations on the importance of ethical rigor in the workplace.
Sermon Starters: Faith and Salvation
Sermon starters, preaching notes, and resources on Genesis 37:1-4, 12-28; Psalm 105:1-6, 16-22; Romans 10:5-15 and Matthew 14:22-33. Focus is on the book of Romans, especially themes of confessing Christ, salvation, faith, and the law.
Adoption and Inheritance
"God has no stepchildren. Adoption by God means full acceptance and welcome into God's family." Sermon starters and worship planning resources on Romans 8:12-25 by Kwasi Kena, with a focus on evangelistic concerns.
On Behalf of Those Who Suffer
This article features the story of Katherine Butler and her heart for theology, science, and those who suffer. She works at Centers for Disease Control to compassionately help people to order their lives in new ways.
Jesus in the Darkness
In this sermon starter on the temptation of Jesus in Mark 1:9-15, Scott Hoezee points to how Jesus engages the darkness of the world before he begins his ministry. Includes sermon notes and an illustration.
Divorce Is Bad for the Environment
This is an illustration by Brandon O'Brien describing that divorce is having a bad effect on the environment, appropriate for Matthew 19:3-9, Malachi 2:13-16, and Mark 10:2-12.
This sermon illustration reviews a study about the detrimental affects of a toxic or stressful work environment.
Man Can't Duplicate Creation
This illustration is about an experiment called "Biosphere 2" where a microcosm of Earth was created for creatures and humans. This environment failed completely over a couple years, revealing the amazing intelligent design of Earth.
A one-line sermon illustration about the link between pollution of the environment and the condition of the human heart: "Ecological garbage is only the outward sign of moral garbage piled up in the hearts of men."
Can You Conquer Your World?
In this sermon on 1 John 5:1-6, Arthur Landwehr discuss the metaphorical worlds we inhabit. All of them (including manhood and womanhood) are incomplete apart from abiding in Christ and his world.
Earth Day: Commentary on Psalm 65:9-13
In this sermon starter, Lynn Parker takes a closer look at the way we take care of creation. She provides her own context, biblical exegesis, movements, illustrations.
Advent - iThemba (Tower of Hope) by r1.
South African street artist, r1, and garbage recycler, Isaac Thomas, collaborated to use unlikely resources to create a noteworthy work of art that is a beacon of light in Johannesburg.
This Is What It Means To Wash Someone's Feet
A psychologist who provides wholistic services to the homeless gives a modern example of Jesus' concept of foot washing (John 13:1-15): doing "what it takes to help the person in need.”
Youth and Health
An article featuring various music and video resources for a Youth Day worship service that explores the food and health culture surrounding African American youth.
A New Way, A New Year
A sermon on Luke 2:22-40 from the Arthur Landwehr Sermon Collection. Recognizing the poverty of Anna, Simeon, Joseph, and Mary is important to understanding the fulfillment of God's promises spoken through his prophets.