At the moment we're running a Youth Alpha course at our church youth group, which meets on a Friday night. Yesterday the subject was "what about the church?", a talk which I had been invited to do. It's hard enough trying to prepare a sermon that 11-18 year olds can all engage with and learn from. What makes it harder is that the speaker is often challenged to fit certain words into his or her talk, usually with not much notice.
Previously, I have been given the words "penguin", "skingraft" and "Ronald Reagan" (a real tough one - as you can imagine - I think someone still owes me a drink for getting that one in) among others, which I have tried to casually slip into talks about worship, grace and other not quite so random subjects.
Last night I was challenged to use both "boondoggle" and "perspicacity", the latter being a word I had never heard of, and had to look up on the internet to find a definition. As it turns out, perspicacity is means something like "keenness of understanding" so it wasn't too hard to slot in. The problem is that if they're completely bizarre words you can lose your audience a bit; a word like boondoggle is quite conspicuous, regardless of subject matter.
It was suggested that we could hold back on the silly words, but it's good to keep a preacher on his/her toes, so it'd be good to think of other challenges that we could set. Like, who can construct the longest alliterated sentence perhaps. Any ideas?