August 29, 2007

Mindless Preaching

Preachers that parrot phrases perturb me not a little. It doesn't make you orthodox. It just makes you boring. After you've heard "Word and Sacrament" a thousand times, it stops meaning anything, but it does provoke prayer: "Please make him stop."

Dr. Eckardt of Gottesdienst renown has written a nice post on the topic. He begins,

I think we need to adopt a new rule: After seven prominent uses, any shortcut you use to speak theologically must give way to another way of saying the same. Clichés are the cheap way out.

Read the whole thing here.


The Rebellious Pastor's Wife said...


When my husband was in seminary, "remember your baptism" was thrown around so much. It took two years for anyone to willingly explain that it means to constantly come back to focusing on how we were made one in Christ's death and resurrection because we were baptized, that our sins are washed clean, and that we are daily forgiven and strengthened in our faith by coming back to that knowledge daily, and that it tied into the daily life of the Christian, worship, devotional, and otherwise.

Rev. Christopher S. Esget said...

"Remember your baptism" was rather in vogue for awhile. I remember once asking a seminary professor to explain "theology of the cross," since he kept using the term and I hadn't heard it before. And he had no explanation!