“You remember, friends that when I first came to you to let you in on God’s master stroke, I didn’t try to impress you with polished speeches and the latest philosophy. I deliberately kept it plain and simple: first Jesus and who he is; then Jesus and what he did – Jesus crucified.” 1 Corinthians 2:1-2.

Why is it that the church has a history of totally alienating the outsider? This last weekend I was at my hometown Bracknell, for a conference with Erwin McManus. A fantastic speaker, who is a really radical thinker, considering concepts in a refreshing way. He spoke on many subjects, the main one that will remain with me is the importance of simply loving people, being genuine, honest and open with them, which is the best way to spread what we know of Jesus.

Language is an important tool in how we communicate with people. As Paul writes, he didn’t try to impress people with fancy lingo and dynamic ideas, he kept it simple and easy to understand for all people. We need to do the same. Instead to using ‘church language’, trying to either look ‘mega holy’ or intellectual, use language that is simple to use and can relate to people, whilst keeping the truth of the Bible clear. Lets use some more words from the dictionary instead of the usual ‘Christianese’ words! Easier said than done, as churches and all organisations use their own language often without realising how ingrained into the culture it is. But it’s a challenge that we need to all embark on I feel.

Still am processing the day with Erwin McManus, a quality guy with some awesome things to say.


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