Posted by: Billy Marsh | September 12, 2007

Using Electrons in the Nucleus of Your Sermon

Atom in Hand

Part of the massive amount of reading that is required of me via the Seminary professor guild is a book on sermon development and preparation simply called, Biblical Preaching. Hadden Robinson is the author of this work; the book has since its first edition in 1980 sold over 200,000 copies, and is a standard text and monograph in most preaching classes and pastors’ shelves.

I just wanted to share with you one of the sermon illustration examples he gives us under a section entitled “Factual Information” where he teaches the student how to utilize statistics and interesting facts as sermon builders. Though I probably wouldn’t use this illustration in a sermon for fear that it would steal the thunder of the main message (I know that it would definitely capture my attention, and I would drift off into daydreaming about “outerspace” issues”), I thought it was pretty mindblowing, and is one of those things that makes you sit in silence and let your imagination run wild.

Robinson quotes from another speaker:

A speaker made understandable the small size of an electron by first giving the decimal fraction, which was incomprehensible, and then adding: “If an electron were increased in size till it became as large as an apple, and a human being grew larger in the same proportion, that person could hold the entire solar system in the palm of his hand and would have to use a magnifying glass in order to see it (145).”

That’s cool.

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