Learning to Speak Christian in Our First Family, the Church
Does it matter how Christians speak?
I recently had the opportunity to write for my own Western NC Conference blog, and this time I wrote a reflection on language and identity in the church. My premise is that the church is our first family, and this identity is both established and maintained through language. Just as a company, culture, or hobby has a particular language, so too does the church have its own distinct habits of speech and modes of thought. If we give away the language, we give away everything. To be a Christian is no less than to speak the language of the church.
Along the way, I draw on the work of Wabash theologian William Placher and his dialogue on postliberal theology with James Gustafson in this piece. You can find the full article here. Thanks to Rev. Dr. Michael Rich in the WNCC Communications Office for the chance to join a great group of bloggers, and thanks to you for reading!