Friday, November 17, 2006

Online Sources for Sermon Illustrations

There are numerous online sources for sermon illustrations or illustration ideas, but I thought I would tell my fellow elders or Bible teachers out there about a couple of my favorites.

First is the user-friendly, easy to search and navigate Sermon Illustrations section at This is just one of the helpful features that makes one of the sites I frequent most when doing personal Bible Study or when preparing to teach.

Second is SID, the free Sermon & Illustration Database. Once you have downloaded the free software, you can then go to the David Holwick's Kerux Illustration and Sermon Database site to download some sermon/illustration sets. The database sets are updated periodically so that the list just keeps growing.

David Holwick has also provided a list of Questionable Sermon Illustrations, what he calls "illustrations that are too good to be true."

If you are like me and need a good source of input for sermon illustration ideas, I highly recommend these resources.


  1. Hi there. I've been trying to download SID from the authors website but the link seems to be dead. An e-mail stayed unanswered.

    I would really like to have the program. Would you be so kind to sent it to me by e-mail? My adress is

    Thanks in advance and God bless you!

  2. John,

    Not all email programs will allow one to send or receive .exe files. So, I decided just to upload it to my Downloads page at

    If you go there and select 'Software" under the 'Select Category' drop-down menu, you should be able to download it with no problem.

  3. Thanks so much pastor Throop. I see this as a blessing. I will download it when coming home from work today. That God may bless you and your ministry!.