If Your Illustration Causes You to Stumble, Sharpen It!

Kris BarnettGeneral, Kristopher Barnett, Sermon IllustrationsLeave a Comment

In the fall, some of my colleagues proposed a point-counterpoint theological debate for our blog posts at MinistryU.  Since several of my colleagues mined the depths of biblical and historical theology studies during their doctoral work while I simply spaded the surface exploring the practical theology of homiletics, I did not express any interest in getting involved.  Think about it, … Read More

The Incarnational Example

Kris BarnettDevotions, Kristopher Barnett, TheologyLeave a Comment

I was experiencing topographical whiplash. Twenty-four hours earlier I had watched black and yellow Triggerfish dance along a colorful reef on the Island of Maui. Now, I watched the tumbleweeds dodge sand-stained mesquite trees on the desert plains of West Texas. The whiplash hurt. Our Hawaiian vacation had drawn to a close and the parched West Texas desert provided a … Read More

The Maxim of the Mask

Kris BarnettKristopher Barnett, Ministry Tools1 Comment

The award for longest running and most unwatched mime act must belong to the stewards and stewardesses who pantomime safety directions before each airplane lifts off the tarmac.  Few pay attention to the rehearsed routine as these airline attendants display the proper procedure for buckling a safety harness, opening an exit, and inflating the life vest located under the seat.  (Am I … Read More