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We Are Poetry

“We’re not happy, we’re joyful.”

Growing up, this was how emotions were treated in my church. Emotions were fleeting. Feelings didn’t really count. They weren’t to be trusted, and if you could substitute in a Christian word that was less about how you actually felt and more about how you were supposed to feel, that was a far better choice. 747 more words


He's on a bit of a journey...

I read a fascinating article the other day entitled ‘The Dangers of Church Lingo’. As a recovering polyglot, I am always intrigued by the intricacies of language, and church, like any other social group, has definitely got its own lingo to make those on the inside smile/wince but leave A N Other somewhat befuddled. 703 more words

On Order

For God is not a God of disorder but of peace—as in all the congregations of the Lord’s people. – 1 Cor. 14:33

It just struck me how much the new… 901 more words


The 411 on God

I’m so glad that we’ve got God completely figured out these days. That we know what words to say to manipulate Him into doing our will. 568 more words


Missing the Mark

Just a brief post on a late night with a cuppa:

Just a few days ago, I was thinking a lot about some basic Christian concepts many people do not understand. 567 more words


Christian phrases that need to go, and one to keep

We Christians have lingo, goobledy-gook.  Christianese, some have called it.  Phrases we spout off to sound righteous, but often don’t really mean.  Most of them need to go.  320 more words

Fellowship with Gandalf

A seeker’s first encounter with Christianese

Rohan, suspicious of everything remotely religious, finally agreed to come to church this Sunday.

He knew Sam for six months, out of which he was probably invited to church for the last five months and three weeks. 813 more words