An oxymoron is a figure of speech that combines to words that have opposite meanings.

This image provides some examples:

What might be some  “Christian-themed oxymorons”? Have your students work in small groups to brainstorm some samples. You might award a winning group that comes up with the most examples. Or, just call on representatives from each group to share. For any confusing examples, the group members must explain why they came up with them. Here are some examples to get the class started:


  • Holy Hell
  • Righteous Sinner
  • Hell’s Angel
  • Minor Miracle
  • Lukewarm Christian