I hate Christianese

May God set us free from speaking in Christianese

Honest about my faith

christianeseWhen Jesus was on the earth he spoke in an ordinary language and he told stories that people could relate to. Some churches today do the opposite, speaking mainly in religious language (Christianese) that only Christians understand and not using stories or explanations. Christianese is like a foreign language and there is even a Dictionary of Christianese which this image is taken from with their permission.

I once remember someone complaining about a preacher saying, ‘he just told lots of stories’.

If I had of had more courage at the time I might have said ‘was his name Jesus?’

Don’t get me wrong, if we tell stories just to entertain rather than to link them to spiritual truth then that is no good but surely to tell stories that communicate clearly about God is to be like Jesus?

Jesus said to his followers: 14 “You are the light of the world –…

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About honestaboutmyfaith

Hi, my name is Graeme and I’m married to a very patient wife. We have 4 children, 2 rabbits, a terrapin (and not a lot of peace and quiet!). I’m a Baptist Minister who is especially interested in making Church accessible to people who have no church background and also in how we disciple people in order to equip them to live out their faith in the 21st Century. I am also a member of the Eastern Baptist Association's Council with responsibility for Mission Strategy.
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