Pithy Preachers Proclaiming Perplexing Epigrams: On Preaching, the Pulpit, & Thomas Guthrie’s Christ and the Inheritance of the Saints

Perhaps the most sinister issue with modern Christianity is the absence of purity in the pulpit. I'm not talking about the purity of the preacher but the purity of his message. We've forgotten what the pulpit is for and bastardized it with perplexing epigrams and pithy sayings that dilute the message of the gospel.

The Irony of Joyless Christianity

Alanis Morissette’s “Ironic” has sort of become a pop-culture punch line at this point. The irony isn’t lost on this track as, despite it’s title, there’s almost no irony to be found in its lyrics. Some have delved much too deep into the meaning of this song, but their efforts at philosophizing a shallow ’90s song have proved unfruitful in the endeavor to find some semblance of irony.

Eternity in a Feeding Trough

The drum of Scripture continually beats a theme that, unless consciously and carefully observed, will go largely unnoticed. Some portions of the inspired Word speak to this theme louder than others. Others require a vigilant reading between-the-lines interpretation to decipher what the Lord’s telling us. I am, of course, referring to the theme of God’s upside-down economy.

Loving Difficult People

Of all the traits that are to be associated with believers, perhaps the hardest (at least for me) is remaining patient and kind with difficult people. I’m sure you’re familiar with these sorts of individuals — co-workers, classmates, associates, even friends in your circle that, for whatever reason, just irritate and aggravate you to no end.