Clips And Quips For Midnight Oil Sermons And Last-Minute Sunday School Lessons
366 Language Tools For Preachers And Teachers
I hope this book's "clips and quips" not only will provide resources you find useful, but also will serve to spark your own creativity in creating your own metaphors, analogies, and language tools. It often is not easy, but it can be fun and even awe-inspiring to take on the very essential task of writing and rewriting as you seek to hammer out your own language tools. Various authorities in the field of religious and theological language can be cited to show the type of challenge we are up against in trying to find suitable language for use in preaching and teaching.
“And immediately he received his sight and followed him on the way.” (v. 52b)
Good morning whoever is out there.
I hope you boys and girls are here this morning. Since I can't see you, let me know if you are actually present. (have the children touch and/or speak and/or sing) (Humor works, like have the children repeat something silly like, “Good morning fantastic, awesome, most highest lord pastor/teacher”)
I remember going to a Lent group years ago, where the priest gave all us lay folk a piece of paper and a pen and asked us to write down what we knew about Jesus. He didn't want us to write down what we'd been told about Jesus or read about Jesus, but simply what we knew for ourselves from our own experience.
I ended up with a blank sheet of paper, but one person wrote, "I know that Jesus saves me." That led onto an interesting discussion along the lines of: saves you from something? Or for something?