Prettying up people who are far from life

I ran into an old friend today and asked what he’s doing for a job. “I help people who are far from life look their best,” he said. “Oh, so you sell makeup,” I replied. “No, not really. But I do apply it.” “You’re one of those beauty consultants at the mall?” “No, I said ...

It’s got nothing to do with image

Brammer takes issue with my criticism of using Christ follower instead of Christian, though he seems to agree with me that the reason for the popularity of the term is discomfort with how the culture views us. He says I’ve got some bad news, until we live as Christ, the Christian or Christ-Follower image will ...

Are you a Christ follower or mainly just a label avoider?

If you listen to emergent preachers and boosters for any length of time, you can’t help but notice the studied avoidance of Christian and its replacement with Christ follower. A couple of weeks ago I offered a critique of how the church tries to make Jesus famous, but Christ follower is the term that gives ...

If not fame, then what?

I’ve argued against overusing the phrase To make Jesus famous. What, then, could we replace it with? How about To make Jesus known? It describes evangelism and discipleship equally well. Fame is too heavily biased towards presenting Jesus to the unsaved and leaves the family of faith in the cold. By emphasizing knowledge, we acknowledge ...

Does Jesus really want to be famous?

One or two commentators have referenced Newspring’s oft-repeated mission of making Jesus famous, a term that is also in widespread use beyond Newspring. It’s a phrase that has long bothered me for its carelessness. I’ve tried to use Google to help me understand what its users think the term means and where it comes from, ...