Things have reached a pretty pass when I start quoting Team Pyro with approval, but I couldn’t resist the following thought thrown out by C.H. Spurgeon:
We must preach the gospel so distinctly that our people know what we are preaching. “If the trumpet give an uncertain sound, who shall prepare himself for the battle?” Don’t puzzle your people with doubtful speeches.
“Well”, said one, “I had a new idea the other day. I did not enlarge upon it; but I just threw it out.”
That is a very good thing to do with most of your new ideas. Throw them out, by all means; but mind where you are when you do it; for if you throw them out from the pulpit they may strike somebody, and inflict a wound upon faith. Throw out your fancies, but first go alone in a boat a mile out to sea. When you have once thrown out your unconsidered trifles, leave them to the fishes.
Having in the past sat under some preaching that hadn’t been thrown out quite as far as it should have been, I particularly enjoyed this one.