what’s the beef?

It’s a cliché to complain about Christian clichés.

But  a recent project reminded me how many there are, from the nebulous (how exactly does one “do life”?) to the theologically questionable (“everything happens for a reason”) to the unnecessary (we can’t spend time together? we have to “fellowship”?) to the simply annoying (praying for “travel mercies”).

Writers avoid clichés because using them is lazy; a statement is ineffective if it’s overused. As Christians this is even more important, because saying you “planted a seed” or “have a burden” for something is also unclear to anyone not in the club.

What Christianeze phrases bug you the most? And can we all commit to removing them from our conversations, church newsletters, and Facebook posts?

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