Posts Tagged ‘communication’


avoiding Christianese: how to connect to non-believers online

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“The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place.” – George Bernard Shaw

by Toni Birdsong
Christianese. It’s easy to fall into and entirely logical for a Christian—after all, it’s our cultural code; the mother tongue of heaven. Still, it can become a colossal stumbling block if you are interested in sharing your faith online.

Simply defined, Christianese is the jargon, terminology, and exclusive language used by Christians that usually only Christians can understand. Christianese isn’t a bad thing (despite the jokes around it)—in fact it’s a positive that we share this powerful fellowship.

But when communicating with non-believers (and anyone else), speaking Christianese can sink a conversation quickly. Use it enough and you’ll find yourself on the outside of the influence circle looking in, which can put a real damper on The Great Commission.

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10 things God taught me about social networking (first!)

share Jesus online, social media, Christians, technology, faithby Toni Birdsong
1. Influence is everything. Who you know matters in this world but as Christians we know “the” One connection that trumps them all, Jesus Christ. When you log on, you do so under the reputation and authority of The Most High God. Now that’s influence. [Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God. John 1:12].

2. Be yourself. There will be imitators around every corner but if you follow Christ online, you will know who you are and whose you are. That authenticity will come through in everything you do and say online. [Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you. Rom. 12:3].

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2011: for such a [wired] time as this

For if you remain completely silent at this time, relief and deliverance will arise for the Jews from another place, but you and your father’s house will perish. Yet who knows whether you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this? – Esther 4:14

This week we’re talking about balance in a wired world—finding it, keeping it, and what God’s word says about it. We’ll dive into time management, the emotional side of social networks, and setting personal and family ground rules.
But before the how to, we wanted to stop and consider the divine time to which we’ve been born. We hope this brief photo tour will spark your perspective and challenge you to #LiveSticky as a Christ follower in a wired world.

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