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!

Comments ( 3 )

  1. ReplyRandy Myers
    Drew, Read your "Learning to Speak Christian" and it corresponds with much of what I have been dealing with this past year. In wrestling with addiction in both family and the wider community, a movement to a whole different culture is necessary. Something which immerses a person into new language, new habits, and new sources of authority is essential. We are faced not just with the matter of "not using" but a whole other life. As I continue to pastor my nice, old mainline congregation of decent people in such a time as we now find ourselves in (all kinds of absolute raging) and see what it does, I can see that being nice and decent has not been enough. the cures to which they are accustomed do not deliver those who are captive to radical evil. Thanks for your post and for sharing.
    • ReplyDrew
      Thanks for reading and for sharing your experience, Randy. I think you are right that decent is not enough.
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