Okay. Admit it. How many of you have been trying to find a quote that would go well in your sermon…or perhaps some of you have bulletins that often require a pithy quote that’s printed toward the beginning of the bulletin…hoping to give people a little something to think about while they wait for worship to begin…?
I’ve been there before, and have ran straight to Google and typed in some lame search like “sermon justice quote really good.” It doesn’t really take you to the most relevant search results.
A few weeks ago, I was given the chance to check out a new resource from the fine folks at Logos: 1,500 Quotations for Preachers. I’ve downloaded Logos a few times, but I also end up deleting it. I never really seem to get much use out of it, and part of that, I’ll admit, is that I probably haven’t sat down and spent the time I needed figuring out how to best use the program. Which, I guess is part of my critique about Logos…I feel like I shouldn’t have to set aside time to figure out the program.
At any rate, I’ve been trying it out again recently, and the newer version of their program is certainly better than it used to be. And I will say that this 1,500 Quotations for Preachers seems like it could be a pretty cool resource. Now, I only preach about once a month currently, and so I haven’t had a chance to really try out the product, but I can see how it would be beneficial for finding some little nuggets to share with folks, or to find ways to incorporate into your services.
This is from the Logos website’s description of 1,500 Quotations for Preachers:
Find precisely the words you need for any occasion with 1,500 Quotations for Preachers, a five-volume set, with slides. Selecting a fitting quotation to share with your congregation—a task that can often take hours—will now take you minutes. In this resource you’ll find entries from more than one hundred authors and works, including Augustine of Hippo, John Chrysostom, Anselm of Canterbury, Thomas Aquinas, John Calvin, Ignatius of Loyola, Richard Baxter, John Bunyan, G. K. Chesterton, Charles Spurgeon, and more. Share the quotations with professionally designed slides—one to accompany each quotation [source].
This is a 5-volume set, and you can see the individual titles below:
- 300 Quotations for Preachers from the Early Church, with Slides edited by Elliot Ritzema
- 300 Quotations for Preachers from the Medieval Church, with Slides edited by Elliot Ritzema and Elizabeth Vince
- 300 Quotations for Preachers from the Reformation, with Slides edited by Elliot Ritzema
- 300 Quotations for Preachers from the Puritans, with Slides edited by Elliot Ritzema and Elizabeth Vince
- 300 Quotations for Preachers from the Modern Church, with Slides edited by Elliot Ritzema and Elizabeth Vince
One of the cool things about this digital resource, is that each quote also comes formatted on a slide that can be directly sent to Keynote, PowerPoint, or saved as a PNG graphic, like the one below:
1,500 Quotations for Preachers sells for $92.95 for the entire 5 volume set. The price seems a little steep for a digital resource, but if you’re looking to use up some Professional Expenses, it might be just right.