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Mary Fairchild

What Do Christian Clichés Really Say?

By December 12, 2012

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I hope you'll forgive me for using an old, familiar cliché to make my point. You've heard the expression, "You're so heavenly minded, you're no earthly good." I don't know if the phrase came first or the song, but it's part of the lyrics to "No Earthly Good" sung by Johnny Cash. Regardless, the saying has become a popular cliché in Christian circles, although many believers will argue the sentiment, insisting it's impossible to be too heavenly minded.

I disagree. When Christians overuse "churchy" or sanctimonious sounding phrases, they may do more damage than good on earth. Spiritual talk may seem like the right way to speak, but when those expressions sound empty and canned to listeners, they say more than we realize.

If you suspect that too much "church speak" is keeping you from making genuine connections with the people you hope to reach, you've come to the right place. Join me as we have a bit of fun at our own expense exploring the many clichés Christians say:

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