15 Terms Only Christians Use

15 Terms Only Christians Use

1. hit-and-run evangelism, drive-by evangelism, tract-bombing -

drive-by evangelism n. A derogatory term for evangelistic encounters that are brief and abrupt and are considered to be ineffective for convincing people to convert to Christianity.

2. Jerusalem Slim

Jerusalem Slim n. [a nickname for Jesus patterned after the nicknaming conventions of hobos; Jerusalem ‘a city frequented by Jesus’ + Slim ‘an allusion to Jesus’s supposed slight frame due to his itinerant lifestyle’] U.S. streets Jesus Christ; a nickname for Jesus used by hobos, particularly those who were members or supporters of the Industrial Workers of the World (I.W.W.), a large labor union.

3. life verse

life verse n. Also life’s verse. A specific Bible verse that a Christian believes to be specially representative or predictive of his or her life. Many Christians regard their life verse as an inspirational motto or lifelong mission statement.
A life verse can be chosen in many ways. It can be a well-liked verse or personally meaningful verse (see citations for 1921, 1982). It can describe a personal or ministry goal (see citations for 1959, 1970, 1998, 2009b). It can be a message or promise about one’s life that is believed to be divine in origin (see citations for 1979, 1998, 2009a). It can be calculated using details about a person’s life such as a name and birthday (see citations for 1992, 2006, 2007).

4. Two-Thirds World

Two-Thirds World n. [by partial analogy with Third World ‘the developing nations of the world’] The geographical area comprising Africa, Asia, Latin America, and Oceania; this area as a locus of missionary work; this area as home to the majority of the world’s Christians and to the majority of the world’s population; the developing nations of the world (historically known as the Third World).

5. popcorn prayer

popcorn prayer n. See various senses.
The imagery of popcorn is used in several ways in the 5 senses below. In sense 1, group prayer is like popcorn in that the group’s prayer is made up of an accumulation of small, individual prayers. In sense 2, group prayers are like popcorn in that people voice their short prayers at random (like the random popping of popcorn). In sense 3, a prayer is like the popping of a popcorn kernel in that it is a single prayer suddenly made. In sense 4, group prayer is like popcorn in that the prayer is made up of the simultaneous voicing of many people’s prayers (like the roaring sound popcorn makes when its kernels are all popping). In sense 5, some prayers are considered to be insubstantial and inferior in the way that popcorn is not considered to be a serious meal.

6. rice Christian

rice Christian n. Missions
1. A person who pretends to convert to Christianity in order to obtain food, clothing, money, housing, education, or some other benefit from the missionaries.
The term has been used by those who are critical of missionary work (see citations for 1885, 1886, 1903, 1907, 1911, 2010) as well as by missionaries themselves (see citations for 1913, 1916, 1986, 1995).

Rice Christian is a literal translation of the Portuguese expression Christianos de arroz, which was an insult coined by local non-Christians in Portuguese-influenced areas of East Asia, specifically India and Macao who saw that the poorest and lowest members of society (such as the caste-less people called pariahs) were making professions of faith for the sake of the rice handed out by the missionaries. The Portuguese Roman Catholic missionaries operated in India and Southeast Asia from the early-16th century to the mid-17th century, so the term was likely coined during that period.

7. sinner’s prayer

sinner’s prayer n.
See also *accept Christ; *decision for Christ; *free gift; *Lord and Savior.
1. Often the sinner’s prayer. The traditional Christian prayer “Lord be merciful to me a sinner,” taken from Luke 18:13.
 1940 The Lutheran Witness LIX. 425 : The sinner’s prayer is: “God be merciful to me, a sinner.” 1957 Harper I Walk the Glory Road 155 : I prayed the sinner’s prayer I had prayed before but this time I prayed it from my heart. “Oh, God! Be merciful to me a lost sinner and save my soul.” 1958Sparks Things Which Don’t Happen Every Day 174 : The sinner’s prayer, “God be merciful to me a sinner,” will give you the correct answer. 1984 Bertolucci, Lilly On Fire with the Spirit 63 : So he turned to the last page [of the Bible], which contained a prayer of surrender to Jesus. The Gideons call it ’The Sinner’s Prayer,’ and it is aptly named because all of us are sinners in need of redemption.

8. televangelism

televangelism n. [television + evangelism] Rarely tele-evangelism. Evangelism done through the medium of television programming; evangelism done through the use of television shows that feature evangelistic content.
The word televangelism was coined in the latter part of 1958 by the Southern Baptist Convention as the name of a television miniseries it produced named “Televangelism, 1959.” The miniseries was broadcast on 13 consecutive Sunday afternoons beginning on January 4, 1959.
The SBC produced similar miniseries using the “Televangelism” name for several years, but by the end of the 1960s, the word televangelism had become a generic name for any kind of evangelistic television programming.

9. unclaimed blessing

unclaimed blessing n. An unmarried yet eligible Christian woman who is considered by some people to be older than the age at which women typically marry.
This term must be used carefully; some women take offense at it (see citations for 1980 and 1990), though others have applied it to themselves with good humor (see citations for 1855, 1918, 1965).

10. whiskeypalian

Whiskeypalian n. Also: Whiskypalian; e-whiskey-palian. [whisk(e)y + Episcopalian] or [Episcopalian + whisk(e)y + Episcopalian] A playful but potentially offensive nickname for an Episcopalian. The pun references the supposed permissive attitude toward alcohol among Episcopalians. The term is used by Episcopalians as well as by other Christians.

11. bachelor till the rapture

bachelor till the rapture n. Also bachelor ’til the rapture. [bachelor half-rhymes with rapture] Sometimes abbreviated BTR. A Christian man who thinks he is unlikely to ever marry or who plans to remain celibate. The term is often used ironically or humorously.

12. denominational mutt

denominational mutt n. Also multi-denominational mutt. A Christian who has attended churches from multiple denominations; a Christian who attends churches of multiple denominations.

13. doubled eggs

doubled eggs n. [deliberate mispronunciation of deviled in deviled eggs as doubled]Euphemism for the food widely known as deviled eggs; the euphemism omits the perceived reference to the devil. See additional information at *angel eggs.

14. Facebook fast

Facebook fast n. A fast, usually for a set period of time such as Lent, from the use of Facebook and possibly other social websites.

15. arrow prayer

arrow prayer n. [in allusion to the speed with which an arrow can be notched and shot; also see below] A brief, spontaneous, urgent, specific prayer; a prayer made without interrupting what one is presently doing; a prayer consisting of just a few heartfelt words such as “Help, God!”
A formal, technical term for this kind of prayer is ejaculatory prayer or ejaculation, both ultimately from the Latin noun jaculum ‘an arrow, spear, dart, missile; an airborne weapon intended to be thrown quickly’ (see 1891 citation; at *flash prayer, see 1977 citation). According to the Oxford English Dictionary, two meanings of the noun ejaculation are “the putting up of short earnest prayers in moments of emergency” and “a short prayer ‘darted up to God’ in an emergency.”
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