The word “church”

March 8, 2003

When my son says, “I know how to draw a church,” it is clear to me that the word church has been completely co-opted. I just entered “church” into an online dictionary, and the definition in the #1 spot is, “A building for public, especially Christian worship.” Besides the many negative connotations that people associate with “church,” the language defines it as a building.

Why fight the language? Let’s not storm around insisting that the dictionary is wrong; abandon the word.

Jon Reid

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As an American missionary kid who grew up in Japan, I'm a child of two cultures, while not fully belonging to either. This gives me a sightly different view of the world.