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#188 Hipster Christianity

posted by Stephanie Drury

Christian culture is sure there’s a way to be cool and be a Christian at the same time. They just don’t know what that way is exactly.

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#187 Contemporary and traditional worship services

posted by Stephanie Drury

Evangelical churches are big on customer service. The last thing they want to do is alienate certain demographics.

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#171 Church iPhone apps

posted by Stephanie Drury

Churches that fancy themselves relevant, missional and/or emergent either already have an iPhone app or are working on one as we speak.

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#169 Relevant pastor-speak

posted by Stephanie Drury

A current phenomenon in Christian culture is for church leaders to speak with a certain cadence and inflection.

#165 Camping out on a verse

posted by Stephanie Drury

“Camp out” is code for “this is going to take awhile.”

#159 Screen printed dress shirts

posted by Stephanie Drury

When his Ed Hardy hoodie is just too casual, the discerning gentleman opts for a screen printed dress shirt.

#138 The history of St. Patrick’s Day

posted by Stephanie Drury

Oh, to be an emergent Christian on St. Patrick’s Day. You get to tweet and blog about the missional relevance of St. Patrick, and missional relevance is your favorite subject.

#132 Facebook fan pages for pastors

posted by Stephanie Drury

What more relevant way to encourage and shepherd your flock than via fan page? These are created either by members of their church or by the pastor himself masquerading as a member of the church.

#125 The iPad

posted by Stephanie Drury

The iPad has sparked widespread dismay but fortunately for Apple, Christian culture is unaffected. Christians who identify as emergent and/or relevant can’t wait to get an iPad of their very own.

#108 Relevant interpretation of the dress suit

posted by Stephanie Drury

Pastors who want to appear relevant dress with formulaic precision. They don’t want to be like the PC guy, they want to be like the Mac guy.

#107 Overcompensating

posted by Stephanie Drury

Christian pastors want to be relevant and cool. Relevant, missional, emergent church plant pastors who are Acts 29 do this.

#81 Bono

posted by Stephanie Drury

Men in Christian culture often have giant man-crushes on Bono. Pastors who wish to be emergent/relevant sometimes quote him in sermons and work in a U2 lyric mention when they can.

#70 Wireless headset mics

posted by Stephanie Drury

They were once only worn by McDonald’s drive-thru workers, infomercial hosts and Janet Jackson, but now microphone headsets are becoming a standard fixture during sermons at non-denominational churches.

#62 Christ-ifying Product Logos

posted by Stephanie Drury

This means of proseletyzing is very popular within some segments of Christian culture. It is available in many forms: t-shirts, bumper stickers, buttons, mousepads, pencil holders, coffee mugs, keychains and innumerable other solid objects, including mints.

#21 “Relevant” Churches

posted by Stephanie Drury

Churches need to attract people. They need to be cool. It seems they think the message of Christ’s grace is not enough on its own, it must be accompanied by worship music played to tracks, preachers who offer sermon series such as “The Pathway of Peace”, and services that last 58 minutes. (Other words in the relevant lexicon include “emergent,” “resurgent,”
“missional,” and “authentic.”)

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#210 Mandatory chapel at Bible college
Most Christian colleges require students to attend chapel services. Chapel is not an option, it's part of the curriculum. If you don't fulfill your chapel quota, you don't graduate. Though Christianity purports to operate under the auspices of ...

posted 7:06:31pm Feb. 11, 2011 | read full post »

#209 Perceiving persecution
Christian culture is vigilant about persecution. Jesus said being persecuted goes with the territory of following him, and some of those followers are really on the lookout. Christian culture sees persecution in all sorts of things and they ...

posted 6:16:31pm Feb. 03, 2011 | read full post »

#208 Missionary dating
When someone in Christian culture meets a delicious non-Christian they will usually assume a missionary position with them. Missionary dating is when you date a non-Christian for the express purpose of proselytizing so as to instigate their ...

posted 6:16:57pm Jan. 27, 2011 | read full post »

#207 Marrying young
Christian culture gets married young. The reason isn't entirely clear, but the general consensus is that it drastically lowers the risk of fornication. You just can't fornicate if you're married, and that takes care of that. Fornication is ...

posted 6:33:07pm Jan. 19, 2011 | read full post »

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