3 Reasons Every Preacher Should Bid on These Books

“Alas! One of the ‘Logos moments’ for which I have been waiting! This cornucopia of homiletic input has regularly been my last phase of sermon preparation.”

That is what one preacher had to say—and he has more to say later—about the possibility of the Biblical Illustrator: New Testament Collection coming to Logos. (Old Testament could, too.)

The sets are currently in Community Pricing, which means Logos intends to put them through to production if they gain enough interest.

And I, like our enthusiastic preacher, hope they do—for three simple reasons:

1. They are masterful, exhaustive, carefully constructed treasure troves of sermon insights.

I opened just one sample page and saw on it insights drawn from ten different sources, one going as far back as St. Anselm of Canterbury. (Sources are typically noted in parentheses, too, to distinguish between the editor’s insights and those of his sources.)

One gets the impression that the editor, Joseph S. Exell, was a living encyclopedia of Church history, theology, and biblical interpretation—able to compile just the right insights into a useful compendium on Scripture.

2. They are mercifully skimmable.

I also saw that the editor thought like a sermon writer. He favors brevity and clear organization to make the pages easy to scavenge.

For example, see this screenshot of the paper version (the Logos version will look and behave as all Logos resources do):

Here, in one paragraph, is enough for 5–10 minutes of preaching. Not only does he supply multiple doctrinal and practical implications from just two words, but he organizes them helpfully as well-phrased subpoints.

3. A good sermon illustration is hard to find.

We know well how a good sermon illustration drives a point home. We also know the struggle to search our memory and imagination for fresh ones.

Here in this collection are hundreds, possibly thousands, of illustrations drawn from the great sermons and writings of Church history.

For example, enjoy this moving illustration on the comfort of Jesus’ name:

Again, the resource will look nothing like that. It will be linked and tagged like all Logos resources to be even more utilitarian than it already is. Search “Name of Jesus,” and this entry would come up.

I work at Faithlife and see a lot of wonderful resources come through, but none have personally excited me like this one. I’ve placed my bid because I want to it be in my library, alongside me as I prepare sermons.

I hope many will follow our enthusiastic preacher’s plea:

“Never have I consulted [this collection] without a new fanning of the flame . . . .  This set is fire! Let it set you on fire, and, like John Wesley said, let others come watch you burn . . . .”

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Place your bid now, and wait with expectation for the set to come to Logos. (And do the same for the Old Testament set.)

Matthew Boffey is a writer at Faithlife and a licensed minister. He enjoys teaching, preaching, and reading.

Comments

  1. Delwyn X. Campbell says:

    Is it Lutheran-friendly?

    • Matthew Boffey says:

      Hi Delwyn, this product doesn’t necessarily have a denominational tie, although I don’t believe the editor, Joseph Exell, was Lutheran. That said, he seems to borrow from a wide variety of Christian sources, so I believe you will find a historically informed, orthodox treatment of the text.