This is the truest thing I think I have ever seen about Christianese, especially in American evangelical circles. “Their language, it was new to me, but Christianese got through to me; now I can speak it fluently. I want to be a clone.” —Steve Taylor
When I was a teenager, I wore a lot of Christian t-shirts. My favorite one had a Christian ichthus fish swimming against the current in the midst of various other fish swimming in the opposite direction. “Go against the flow,” it proclaimed. Here’s a picture of it I found on flickr. The concept, of course, … Read more
A wee bit of humor, making fun of the big sign carriers who seem to think God hates just about everyone.
Modern churches have a lot of flaws. But I still think there’s something here worth fighting for.
One of the issues I frequently encounter in conversations about controversial issues is what I call the “false compromise.” (There is a related logical fallacy called “false compromise,” but here I’m using the term in a way that is slightly different.) Stick with me on this; I’m about to get all philosophical on you. False … Read more
“Every woman wants a kingdom man,” the email said. “The man of every woman’s dream is found in these pages.”
Is YOUR church treating people like they’re all the same? Are you sure?
Okay, let’s get this straight, once and for all. Christians are always going to be at odds with “the world” in certain ways. The Bible calls us to humility, sacrifice, and generosity, and there will always be people who will take advantage of that. There will always be forms of persecution and ridicule aimed at … Read more
In my work, I get to talk to a lot of LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) Christians every day. I get to hear about their faith, their joys, and also their biggest frustrations. Today, I’d like to talk about one of the most common frustrations I hear from them over and over again. When … Read more
Remember the other day, when I wrote about Trendianity, Christianity’s copycat cousin? One way you can distinguish the two is when a disagreement arises. Genuine, gospel-focused Christianity should lead us to be gracious in disagreement (Romans 14). In some situations, that means agreeing to disagree, while in others, we may be called to take a … Read more
When I wrote this post back in 2011, I had no idea how this narrative would grow. But grow it did. A fake form of Christianity is taking over the church, one based on the trendy views and issues of the day instead of the gospel.