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

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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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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divine appointment

February 16, 2014 | By | Add a Comment

God understands the convenience-oriented lifestyles we have these days. So he sometimes arranges “divine appointments” in which we can serve him as we go about our daily business.

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