The Dictionary of Christianese explains church slang so that anybody can understand it.

clobber passage, clobber text, Big Eight

October 2, 2014 | By | 2 Comments

Where there is church controversy, you will usually find some Christianese thrown into the mix. In some parts of the church these days, there is debate and conversation about what the Bible says about homosexuality. Below are definitions for three Christianese terms that are commonly used in that ongoing debate.

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witness wear

September 10, 2014 | By | 3 Comments

Instead of Nike’s “Life is short, play hard,” how about “Life is short, pray hard.” That sort of Christian pun is what you will often see on “witness wear.”

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farewell, farewelling, farewelled

July 10, 2014 | By | 1 Comment

“Farewell, Rob Bell, World Vision, Burger King!” The act of publicly dismissing people or organizations from the church has been catching attention the past few years, especially as it relates to a recently coined idiom of “Farewell!”

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love on

May 29, 2014 | By | 12 Comments

“Loving on” someone. It’s one of the top Christianese expressions that people love to “hate on.”

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myth of redemptive violence

May 6, 2014 | By | Add a Comment

“The myth of redemptive violence.” It seems like I’ve been seeing and hearing this term more and more lately, so I thought it was worth researching the history of the term and writing a definition for it.

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clap for Jesus, hand clap of praise, clap offering

May 1, 2014 | By | 4 Comments

Let’s give the Lord a hand clap of praise! Let’s give God a clap offering!

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excommunitweet

April 2, 2014 | By | 2 Comments

Excommunitweets? Those are tweets that say “Farewell!” to someone who is perceived as having left the church.

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McChurch, McChristian, Burger King Bible

March 19, 2014 | By | 4 Comments

Fast-food Christianity? Apparently that’s what some people are calling it. What are your thoughts about McChurch and the Burger King Bible?

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don’t drink, smoke, or chew, or go with girls who do

March 12, 2014 | By | Add a Comment

“I don’t smoke, and I don’t chew, and I don’t go with girls who do.” If you chanted this as a teenager, then odds are you were a Baptist or a fundamentalist (or both!).

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graveyard of missionaries; resistant belt

March 4, 2014 | By | Add a Comment

The graveyard! Why would Christians want to talk about graveyards and death?

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