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Faith & Spirituality, On the Lighter Side

Things People Say: Christianese Edition

Christianese: a dialect in its own right, spoken by an entire subset of English language users. Like the wind, you don’t see where it comes from, but you see what it does (mostly, makes us look silly). First up, we have money-related Christianese.This really is a thing, you know. We have almost as many euphemisms for giving money as we do for death, which is really telling of what makes us uncomfortable when you think about it. Nevertheless, a whole host of “Christian”  ...

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Faith & Spirituality

Is the Truth Supposed to be Offensive?

Raise your hand if you’ve ever heard this: A pastor or church leader says something like, “If what I’m saying makes you upset, that’s the Holy Spirit convicting you” or “So-and-so left our church because they didn’t want to hear the truth.” Sound familiar? “Truth” is always presented in these scenarios as disagreeable and divisive. It should make you feel uncomfortable and ashamed. It’s medicine that’s supposed to taste  ...

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Faith & Spirituality, On the Lighter Side

Traditions that Need to Go Out of Style: Church Clothing Legalism

Thankfully, condemnation of others’ choices in churchgoing attire is becoming less and less fashionable all the time. But we’ve still got a long way to go. One particular Sunday not too many years ago, I wore dress slacks — nice ones, I might add — to church. During the coffee hour, an older gentleman cast a disapproving eye up and down my personage before remarking with no small amount of disdain that in his day, respectable young ladies wouldn’t dare be seen  ...

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Faith & Spirituality

From the Girl Who Didn’t Go to Church

This post was originally published on July 31, 2018. I’m rerunning this one today in memory of the days before COVID-19, when actually going to church was an option! One morning last weekend, I was shopping at Bi-Lo for ice and Gatorade. I asked the man refilling the ice machine if I could step around him to retrieve a couple bags of ice. “Shore thang, sweetheart,” he replied. (This is one aspect of southern culture that still gives me pause on a regular basis: being  ...

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