Rhetoric & Homiletics: I Know Nothing About This!

Trilemma What?

I know nothing about this concept — Trilemma Triangle.  In fact, I know next to nothing about shutter speed, aperture, or ISO — or this field of art!

I, like most others, enjoy a beautiful picture that brings out all the greatness of the selected scene or object.

“Enjoying” is not even close to “being.”  I enjoy the art form, but I am not a photographer!

Nevertheless, I began this post with the thought that I would see if there is an illustration that can be worked and used from the field or art of photography. . . . . Such as . . . .

  • “Photographing A Tragedy.”
  • “10 Common Photography Mistakes and How to Overcome Them”  (Subject In The Center, or Wrong Focus)
  • “Photographic Accidents” (When taking pictures as a sports’ photographer)
  • “Tragedy, Death & Emotion in Photography”
  • “Portrait Photography”
  • “Picture Perfect Photography”
  • “Tragedy on Everest Remembered in Pictures
  • “Missed Shots”
  • “Photo’s You Missed This Week”
  • “How Kodak Failed.”
  • et al.

Some really good possibilities for developing an illustration!  No?

As I looked at the possibilities, it piqued my interest (not in photography — too late for me I think, and $$$$ — sorry ) in working on one of those possibilities.  Stay tuned; I will probably attempt to use one of the ideas to develop one of them in the coming days.

However, I say all this because you have to be willing to read, study, think, explore outside of your interest, field of study, expertise, or comfort to be an effective public speaker.  Even if it means reading and listening to illustrations sketched out or created by speakers and writers outside of your field of interest.

Patterson Smyth says it this way . . . . .

When your sermon is prepared go over it carefully with the question. Is it interesting? Are there dull pages in it? Could I enliven them by illustrations or otherwise? Keep on the lookout for telling illustrations from your reading. 

All the wide reading of a lifetime will influence, in some degree, every sermon. All your study of Scripture, of theology, of travel, of science; even the thoughts that have been roused in you by the fiction that you have read to rest your mind. Every Sunday sermon will be the better or the worse for the reading or the neglect of reading in your previous life. I beseech you, read, read, read.

Hear Dr. Arnold: “I must read. I will not give my boys to drink out of stagnant water.”

One of the aims of “Today’s Illustrations” is to provide illustrations, as contemporary as possible, and from a wide variety of fields.  The initial leg work, research, and basic details are laid out.  Additional details and links are provided if the reader wants to validate some part of the information or do further reading on it.

I can tell you this, as every Bible teacher knows already, I get more out of the illustrative journey than those who may benefit from the post.  My problem is in limiting the inclusion of information after all that I have read. [1]  Providing enough information that allows the illustrative material to branch off in a number of directions and condensing it down to a useful level for speakers, preachers, or writers is the challenge.

Read outside of your interest, comfort, or field of endeavor!

Read outside of the theological.

Read old books.
Theological, Historical, and Homiletical

Read authors you disagree with!
(okay, I disagree, but — “with whom you disagree”)!

Read about areas you know nothing about!

  1. Presently, I got caught up with reading James Michener’s book on the takeover of Hungary by the Communists in 1956.  Wowwwww . . . . We know so little about history!  Click — Here are a few short pages in PDF form!

4 thoughts on “Rhetoric & Homiletics: I Know Nothing About This!

  1. Trilemma Triangle. Aptly named. 3 huge variables. Each one can totally affect the picture. Each one needs the other two to not undercut but support the desired photo.
    It’s really important for the photographer to know ahead of time what the end result needs to look like or the settings will be off. The camera is then in charge and not the photographer. Good sunset pictures need different settings (way different) than a great bird in flight picture. It would be like speaking at a nursing home (and doing well) and then using the same energy level, voice fluctuation and same illustrations at a youth rally…


    1. I am still stuck at the nursing home when it comes to photography — lol — I knew you would respond as one of the people I know who is an EXCELLENT photographer. God bless — Ted


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