Ever wonder where the term “televangelism” actually originated? Wonder no longer! It was coined in the fall of 1958 by the Southern Baptist Convention as the name of a TV show.
Some folks complain that all megachurches basically look the same. So “Willowback” and “Saddlecreek” have been coined as generic nicknames for any large, seeker-sensitive megachurch.
The Christianese buzzwords “seeker sensitive” and “seeker friendly” aren’t heard as frequently as they were ten or twenty years ago, but they still come up in conversations about how churches can persuade people to come to church.
A particularly fruitful genre of Christianese is made up of terms that describe different kinds of evangelism. Here are definitions for three of the more interesting ones: beach evangelism, gastro-evangelism, and power evangelism.
Christians use terms like “hit-and-run evangelism,” “body-count evangelism,” and “drive-by evangelism” to refer to evangelistic tactics that treat people like bull’s-eyes.
Is Christianity not a religion? I’m always puzzled when my fellow Christians say that Christianity isn’t a religion. Not a religion? What do they mean by that?
It sounds like the best of both worlds… missionary work and dating, right? Well, not so fast. This is a situation where a good thing plus a good thing turns out to be a not-so-great thing. Welcome to the concept of “missionary dating.”
Have you ever called someone’s faith a fire insurance policy? Bonus points if you referred to it as an eternal fire insurance policy…
It’s certainly optimistic to refer to non-Christians as “pre-Christians.” Read on…
“I see that hand!” No, we’re not talking about 1980s talk-show host Phil Donahue. We’re talking about old-time altar calls. Read on…