To impose Bible proclamation on the basis of authority or office, or using rhetorical devices to entice an audience place the focus on the speaker, not the message.
Preaching remembers that the only authority the speaker has, and the only reason it should be heard, is that it wholly shares the scriptures.

There is a possible life of great nobleness and usefulness for the preacher who, frankly recognising and cordial accepting the attitude towards his office which he finds on the world’s part, preaches truth and duty on their own intrinsic authority, and wins personal power and influence because he does not seek them, but seeks the prevalence of righteousness and the salvation of men’s souls.

Phillips Brooks, The Joy Of Preaching, Kregel Classics, 1989, pg. 178.

Another food history video from Mental Floss; this time featuring Phở .
I love Phở as pure comfort food, though probably preferring Laksa as a meal.
It depends on mood.
(These are completely appropriate thoughts to be posting on Australia Day, though I have already had a BBQ lunch with friends)

Soul Of Things by Sara Groves from her album What Makes It Through.

See you hopes your fears
The oughts the shoulds the habits
The unseen puppeteers
That pull you on the stage
Why is it so to tell yourself the truth
To see into the soul of things
What a mystery your very heart
Held inside you and known in part

I have heard a number of really memorable illustrations, that I cannot remember what it was they were supposed to illustrate.
(One about a cane toad in an electrical sub-station comes to mind)
An illustration must make that which it is trying to illustrate memorable.
If it won’t do that, and particularly if it is likely to make people remember it, and not what it’s supposed to be illustrating, then it shouldn’t be used.

The first necessity of illustration is that it should be true, that is, that it should have real relations to the subject which it illustrates. An illustration is properly used in preaching either to give clearness or to give splendour to the utterance of truth.
But both sorts of illustration, as you see, have this characteristic; they exist for the truth. The are not counted of value for themselves. That is the test of illustration which you ought to use unsparingly. Does it call attention to or call attention away from my truth? If the latter, cut it off without hesitation. The prettier it is the worse it is.

Phillips Brooks, The Joy Of Preaching, Kregel Classics, 1989, pg. 132.

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