Comment from a friend and parishioner yesterday:
"Pastor, you know what I love about your sermons? They don't have a lot of 'filler.'"
My homiletical style has always been on the shorter side, and to the point. Don't waste their time with a bunch of stories that cloud the point, so no one remembers it. Preach the Gospel, not a ton of illustrations and only a little Jesus thrown in at the end! :-)
Gotta love St. John's, Chicago!