Introducing 1,500 Quotations for Preachers

I have always enjoyed collections of inspiring quotations, but finding the right quotation is not always easy. Whether I’m looking for something relating to a topic or a to Bible passage, I often find that I miss good content because I’m not sure where to look. I attempted to solve that problem a few months ago with 300 Quotations for Preachers, which categorizes quotations by multiple themes and Scripture references, making them easier to find. The book also updates archaic language to make quotations easier to use in a modern context, and features excerpts of each quotation on an accompanying slide.

There was such a positive response to 300 Quotations that we have now undertaken a more ambitious project: 1,500 Quotations for Preachers. It does the same work of selection and categorization as the earlier book, but on a larger scale and with even more categories. This is new content; none of the quotations from the earlier book are repeated.

1,500 Quotations for Preachers features five books of quotations from different eras of church history—this is our additional level of categorization:

  • The Early Church
  • The Medieval Church
  • The Reformation
  • The Puritans
  • The Modern Church

With Logos 5, these quotations are integrated into the Sermon Starter Guide. It’s easy to find a relevant quote, whether you’re looking for information on a passage or on a topic. This integration can be seen already with 300 Quotations for Preachers and its companion volume, 400 Prayers for Preachers. I searched “resurrection” in the Sermon Starter Guide and found quotes and prayers on that topic:

resurrection

If I click on the first item under 300 Quotations, I get this quote from influential French mathematician and philosopher Blaise Pascal (1623–1662), along with a slide that makes it easy to share:

PascalIt would be impossible to find this quote by searching my library for “resurrection”—even though resurrection is the subject, Pascal doesn’t use that word. Sending the slide to PowerPoint or Proclaim allows me to view it at a larger size and incorporate it right into my sermon slides:

Pascal Slide

With 1,500 of the best quotations selected from almost 2,000 years of church history, you will have even more quotations to choose from and share. Pre-order 1,500 Quotations for Preachers today!

Glance inside the Pastorum Series Collection

Enrich your preaching and enhance your sermon and worship planning with the Logos Pastorum Series. Now available as a seven-volume collection at a great price, the Pastorum Series collection will save you 23 percent off the regular price. We can’t begin to tell how much time it will save you.

The Pastorum Series offers pastors two types of resources: sourcebooks and sermon helps.

The sourcebooks, 300 Quotations for Preachers and 400 Prayers for Preachers, make it easy for you to find an appropriate prayer or quotation to use during a service or for any number of other occasions. Here’s a look at what you’ll find in the Quotations volume. The Prayers volume is organized in the same way.

 The Necessity of Depending on God

Genesis 17:1; Psalm 62:7; Isaiah 50:10; Hosea 12:6

Preaching Theme: Faith

“There is no other method of living piously and justly, than that of depending upon God.”—John Calvin

“Jesus Is Our Divinest Symbol”

Colossians 1:15–17

Preaching Theme: Jesus

“Jesus is our divinest symbol. Higher has the human thought not yet reached. A symbol of quite perennial, infinite character: whose significance will ever demand to be anew inquired into and anew made manifest.”—Thomas Carlyle

The sermon helps, the Study, Apply, Share series, empower you to jumpstart your sermon- and worship-planning process. They go through a biblical book passage by passage, prompting you with questions to dig deeper into the text and helping you make the most of your Logos library through links to relevant discussions. Application points, worship service ideas, and professionally designed slides make it easy for you to share information on words and themes in that book. Let’s take a look at the Study and Apply sections of Luke 5:12–16:

Luke 5:12–16

Study

  • What is leprosy, and what cultural stigma did it carry?
    • Luke 5:12 | The New American Commentary: Luke
  • What does the leper’s posture and address tell us about his view of Jesus?
    • Luke 5:12 | Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament: Luke 1:1–9:50
  • Why is it significant that Jesus touched the leper before He healed him?
    • Luke 5:13 | Holman New Testament Commentary: Luke
  • Why did Jesus charge the man to stay silent about his cleansing?
    • Luke 5:14 | The Interpretation of St. Luke’s Gospel

Apply

Preaching Theme: God’s Mercy

Leprosy was a painful disease that rendered a person ceremonially unclean. Jesus’ compassion led Him to touch this leper and heal him, restoring his health as well as his status in the community. Do you see others’ pain? May God open our eyes to see when others are hurting, and let us put our compassion into action by helping them.

Preaching Theme: Jesus’ Miracles

The leper showed that he trusted in Jesus by falling on his face before Him. He acknowledged Jesus’ ability to make him clean and Jesus’ right to exercise that ability. Sometimes Christians wrongly assume that God only worked miracles during biblical times. Do you believe that God still performs miracles? Let us follow the leper’s example by approaching the Lord and saying, “If you are willing, you can.”

Share

Preaching Theme: God’s Mercy

Worship Service Idea: Consider holding an interview in front of the congregation with a member who exhibits compassion.

Preaching Theme: Jesus’ Miracles

Worship Service Idea: Consider a short drama or skit that depicts Jesus’ miracle of healing the leper.

The Pastorum Series collection includes the following titles:

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Get Help with Sermon Preparation!

Week after week, pastors write sermons and plan worship services in a limited amount of time. No matter what else comes up, time doesn’t stop—Sunday is coming. Being creative isn’t easy under any circumstances, and working within looming time constraints makes it even more difficult to write something fresh and engaging.

Why not let Logos help? The Study, Apply, Share series jumpstarts your sermon planning process, saving you time and energy. Each volume explores a book of the Bible passage by passage, addressing each passage from three angles:

  • Study offers five to seven questions to help you think about the passage’s major interpretive issues as you craft your sermon. For example, James 1:2–8 includes the question, “Does the word ‘perfect’ in James 1:4 suggest the absence of sin?” Each question is accompanied by a link to a Logos resource that discusses the issue (The above question links to the New American Commentary: James by Kurt A. Richardson).
  • Apply includes two different application ideas for each passage, categorized by theme. For example, Hebrews 1:5–14 includes applications for the topics of angels and fulfilled prophecy.
  • Share includes professionally designed slides featuring statistical graphs that explore the book’s themes, ideas, and words and compare them to those of other biblical books. It also includes worship-service ideas that correspond to the application themes with practical ways to incorporate the themes into your Sunday service.

Each volume of the Study, Apply, Share series frees up your time, enabling you to minister to others without sacrificing the quality of your sermons and lessons. Pre-order the volumes today before the price goes up!

400 of History’s Most Powerful Prayers

Pastors often have occasion to pray in public. Whether for a special occasion, like a baptism, or a regular responsibility during a weekly worship service, they need to deliver prayers that communicate the state of their people before God.

In such situations, many us turn to prayers from the past. The Bible, especially the book of Psalms, is of course first on the list. The written prayers from leaders throughout church history, like Anselm of Canterbury, Clement of Rome, John Calvin, John Wesley, and George Whitefield are another resource. Prayers can also come from ancient documents and liturgies, like the Didache or the Liturgy of the Blessed Apostles. Though the writers of these prayers are no longer with us, their words still capture the thoughts, attitudes, and emotions of twenty-first-century believers.

The prayers of these heroes of faith, and many others, are collected in 400 Prayers for Preachers, with Slides. For those of us seeking the right word for any occasion, this resource has everything:

  • Material for service planning—All prayers are organized by theme (like suffering, reverence, or God’s faithfulness), Scripture references, and prayer type. This means that if you are preaching or focusing your worship service on a Scripture or topic, you can quickly find relevant prayers. If you are looking for a particular type of prayer—whether petition, praise, thanksgiving, intercession, or confession—this resource saves you the time you might otherwise spend hunting through your library.
  • Easy sharing—Each prayer is accompanied by a professionally designed slide that contains an excerpt from the prayer, making the prayer easy to share visually.
  • Updated language—For some prayers, archaic language (like “thee,” “thou,” and “beseech”) has been updated, so that the prayers are ready to use in a modern context.
  • Cited sources—Each prayer includes a bibliographic citation, enabling you to track it down in its original context.

When you need a prayer for any occasion, this resource makes it easy to find just what you need. Order it now at the discounted Pre-Pub price!

Find the Perfect Quote for Any Occasion

I love to share favorite quotations. They enable me to say what I want to say—better than I could say it myself. There’s something about a well-turned phrase from a well-respected author that speaks deeply to people’s hearts.

Many preachers have had the experience of trying to remember a quote that could make our message stick in the minds of our listeners. So we rack our brains, wondering where it was that Augustine talked about people’s hearts being restless, or Charles Spurgeon made that comment about the Gospel being like a lion, able to take care of itself if it is let out of its cage. Or was it the Bible being like a tiger?

That’s why I’m so excited about 300 Quotations for Preachers with Slides. It includes quotations from hundreds of years of church history from such leading writers and preachers as John Calvin, G. K. Chesterton, John Chrysostom, and Thomas à Kempis. Unlike many other books of quotations, however, this one has several stand-out features:

  • It provides material for sermon prep. Find quotations by searching for author, theme, or Scripture reference. Whether you’re looking for a Bible passage or a quote that relates to a theme, this resource enables you to find exactly what you need—fast.
  • It makes sharing easy. All quotations come with a professionally designed slide featuring an excerpt, making it easier to share with others.
  • It updates language. For some quotations, archaic language (like “thee” and “thou”) has been updated, making the quotations ready to use in a modern context.
  • It takes you to the source. Each quotation includes a bibliographic citation, enabling you to track it down in its original context.

This resource puts you in touch with wisdom from the past—and helps you do the same for others. Reserve your copy at this discounted Pre-Pub price!