Say It Better

Say It Better: ‘Jesus Is Your Ticket To Heaven’

Sayings have undeniable power. These short extracts, compiled, construct a metanarrative that form the context for understanding everything else we say. In this 3-part blog series, I want to look at 3 sayings we Christians use that obscure the story of Jesus, and because, well, they just rub me the wrong way. I will break down what we say, the problem it creates, and how to say it better. In my first post, I discussed inviting people to church, and in the second, asking Jesus into your heart. Now, bear with me on #3: “Jesus is your ticket to heaven.” Yes, we have to stop saying this. (more…)

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Say It Better: ‘Just Ask Jesus Into Your Heart’

The power of story is undeniable. As Christians we tell the story of Jesus by our sayings, our tone, and so on. Our sayings construct a metanarrative that we don’t wish to have misinterpreted or misapplied. Understanding what we say and how it is said in a cultural context, and how others interpret it, is critical to ensure our every word is seasoned with salt, so that we know how to answer people. We have an affinity for breaking down Greek and Hebrew words to examine their fullness of meaning; we ought to do the same with our “Christianese.”

In this 3-part blog series, I will try to pick apart three common Christianese sayings. I chose these three because, frankly, they rub me the wrong way, and I think we can say them better. In my previous post, I discussed inviting people to church. In the second I’ll talk about a favorite: (more…)

Say It Better: ‘We’ve Got to Invite More People to Church’

The power of story is undeniable. As Christians we tell the story of Jesus by our sayings, our tone, and so on. Our sayings construct a metanarrative that we don’t wish to have misinterpreted or misapplied. Understanding what we say and how it is said in a cultural context, and how others interpret it, is critical to ensure our every word is seasoned with salt, so that we know how to answer people. We have an affinity for breaking down Greek and Hebrew words to examine their fullness of meaning; we ought to do the same with our “Christianese.”

In this 3-part blog series, I will try to pick apart three common Christianese sayings. I chose these three because, frankly, they rub me the wrong way, and I think we can say them better. (more…)