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Speaking Christianese and the Evangelistic Danger of Low Expectations (Podcast)

Speaking Christianese and the Evangelistic Danger of Low Expectations
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In this podcast, J. Warner talks about the habit many of us exercise when speaking Christianese, the distinctive (and often confusing) language of the Christian faith. How can we learn to communicate important Christian concepts without sounding like we’re speaking Greek? J. Warner also discusses the dangerous consequences resulting from low expectations when sharing what we believe with people who seem to be completely uninterested.

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J. Warner Wallace is a Dateline featured cold-case homicide detective, popular national speaker and best-selling author. He continues to consult on cold-case investigations while serving as a Senior Fellow at the Colson Center for Christian Worldview. He is also an Adj. Professor of Christian Apologetics at Talbot School of Theology, Biola University, and a faculty member at Summit Ministries. He holds a BA in Design (from CSULB), an MA in Architecture (from UCLA), and an MA in Theological Studies (from Gateway Seminary).



  1. Karen Fisher

    December 4, 2020 at 7:15 pm

    I enjoyed this very much. A great perspective from a former atheist–how he heard and (mis)understood the Christian jargon Christians carelessly use with unbelievers. I’ll keep this in mind while out witnessing! I don’t want to increase ‘suspicion’ among those who I speak to.

  2. Cheatle Arwood

    May 2, 2024 at 8:25 am

    Brilliantly done my man. Thanks, by the way, for adding the example of the young officer in court before giving good alternatives to fluent “Christianese”. It really drove home how foreign we as believers can actually sound to others. Again, thank you for this. I’m going to share this podcast with fellow believers well as apply these concepts and alternate examples you gave in my attempts to talk about our faith with non-believers.

  3. Daniel

    May 5, 2024 at 11:17 am

    I’m a Christian struggling with my faith can I talk to you please

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