The “thou shalt not’s” of Illustrations

Speaking as someone from the pews I am quite the fan of illustrations if used correctly.  One of the main reasons I am all for illustrations is because they help my leaky memory bank to memorize the great truth that is being conveyed.  Lately for some reason my short term memory has been out of wack.  I sometimes feel like I have the short term memory of a gold fish, at least of of late.  All that to say is a great illustration from the pulpit has huge benefits for this young lad.

Although illustrations are great there are some “thou shalt not’s” when it comes to illustrations.  Colin Adams has listed seven of them below.  Click here to read on each one.

  1. Thou shalt not overuse them.
  2. Thou shalt not underuse them.
  3. Thou shalt not fail to illustrate the point.
  4. Thou shalt not make them overly long.
  5. Thou shalt not misuse humour.
  6. Thou shalt not be pastorally imprudent.
  7. Thou shalt not use overly powerful illustrations.

One thought on “The “thou shalt not’s” of Illustrations

  1. “leaky memory bank … the short term memory of a gold fish…” LOL!!! Wonderful writing John. Humourous and vivid!

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