One of my favorite illustrations: I love to use children’s literature, but especially Dr. Seuss books - they really capture the children and adults at the same time! My favorite would have to be "The Sneetches" (illustrating jealousy and pride) and "The Lorax" (illustrating stewardship for God’s creation)
What my spouse (really) thinks of my sermons: What he says - nothing. What it means - it was average.
What he says - "I can’t believe you said THAT!" What it means - oops we may need damage control!
What he says - "That was really good!" What he means - save that one to preach again!
Best advice given to me about preaching: "Don’t ever write a sermon with a particular person in mind. For it never fails, that person won’t be in church to hear it!" (friend, mentor and colleague, Rev. Patricia Ramsey)
Books that have had an impact: Any by Max Lucado (esp. "When God Whispers Your Name" and "It’s Not about Me"); "It Takes a Church to Raise a Village" by Dr. Marva Mitchell; "If Grace is True" by Philip Gulley and James Mulholland; "Fresh Wind, Fresh Fire" by Jim Cymbala; "You Can Preach to the Kids Too!" by Carolyn Brown