Thinking Out Loud

October 28, 2012

Potential Sermon Illustration: You Name the Text

Filed under: writing — paulthinkingoutloud @ 11:21 am

Italian artist Giuseppe Penone removes the growth rings on trees to reveal what they looked like in their youth. I keep seeing this as a potential cover for a psychology textbook about the early influences that shaped us, or how memories of youth remain a part of us.  But I’ll settle for a sermon illustration. Any ideas?



  1. 1 Samuel 16:7
    “Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”

    Comment by suesconsideredtrifles — October 28, 2012 @ 11:56 am

    • Interesting possibilities there. The exterior is strong and firm and tough, but inside we often sense our immaturity, our frailty, our vulnerability.

      Then you end with The Warrior is a Child by Twila Paris

      Comment by paulthinkingoutloud — October 28, 2012 @ 1:37 pm

      • I haven’t listened to this yet as we are on a limited broadband deal and video eats it up – perhaps in a few days (when next months ration starts), I’ll come back and listen.

        I was thinking more along the lines of how we need to work at getting to know other people.

        Comment by suesconsideredtrifles — October 29, 2012 @ 7:05 am

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