Effective illustrations open pathways into the sermonic process that allow the light of God's word to enter. And for busy pastors, the ability to locate the "perfect" illustration that brings instant clarity is worth its weight in gold. This collection of dynamic quotes, quips, and anecdotes from Derl Keefer's thirty years in the pulpit is a treasure that you won't want to be without Derl Keefer, through inspiring stories, anecdotes, and exciting illustrations, has created a "must" resource for every Christian leader. Derl is unparalleled in his ability to amplify the spiritual through stories.... This book has the power to enrich the heart and enlighten the mind. It will become a constant companion on my office desk.
(from the Foreword)
Pastor, Trinity Church of the Nazarene
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma The wise man wrote that "a word aptly spoken is like apples of gold in settings of silver" (Proverbs 25:11). Good and forceful illustrations are such adornments to an effective sermon. Derl Keefer has a unique ability to uncover these nuggets of experience that leave lasting impressions in the hearts and minds of listeners. I highly recommend this book to pastors.
Nazarene Missionary to Indonesia Illustrations are windows of light, helping a passage of scripture to come alive to the listeners of a sermon. Yet one of the most difficult and frustrating tasks for preachers and others who speak in public is finding an illustration that fits the occasion just right. That's why Open Doors For Preaching, Teaching, And Public Speaking can be such a valuable tool. I have been well served over the years by clipping and filing the illustrations which Derl Keefer has published. Now they are compiled in a single volume. You simply cannot have too many illustration resources. This one is a must for your bookshelf.
Professor of Religion
Mount Vernon Nazarene College
Here is a compilation of illustrations, quotes, and pertinent items which will be pathways for clarifying sermon truths. The material in this volume will etch a point in the minds and hearts of listeners. I highly recommend its use.
C. Neil Strait
District Superintendent, Michigan District
Church of the Nazarene Derl G. Keefer
is a graduate of Southern Nazarene University (B.A.) and Nazarene Theological Seminary (M.Div.). He has been the pastor of congregations in Michigan, Indiana, and Illinois, and is currently serving in Kansas City, Missouri, as the Developmental Ministries coordinator for the International Church of the Nazarene's Adult Ministries Division. His sermons and articles have appeared in numerous clergy publications, and he often leads workshops and seminars on preaching and Sunday school ministry. Keefer was named the Church of the Nazarene's Michigan District Pastor of the Year in 1995, and in 2000 Southern Nazarene University honored him as its Alumni Pastor of the Year. He is the co-author of Wedding Sermons & Marriage Ceremonies
(CSS), and is also co-editor of The Wesleyan Preaching Annual