There’s a few ways to know when you’re in the middle of a sub-culture – that is, a culture inside another culture. When there is a sort of dress code, you know you’re in a sub-culture. When there are certain accepted practices you know you’re in a sub-culture. And when there is an offshoot of language, you know you’re in a sub-culture.
And there’s a sub-culture inside the Christian sub-culture right now. I don’t know what to call it, so we’ll just go with the “relevant Christian” sub-culture.
Exhibit A: Dress.
I offer up as exhibit A black glasses, neatly disheveled hair, jeans with holes, and snaps on shirts.
Exhibit B: Practices
For exhibit B, I offer drinking coffee, excessive guitar solos, and re-naming stuff.
Exhibit C: Language
Let’s camp out here. In this sub-culture (which I am a part of, by the way) we have developed our own language to talk about things that used to go by other names. So just for the sake of clarity, here’s a short glossary of terms that would be helpful to navigate inside this sub-culture for the average dude.
“Journey” = Life
Ex: “Let’s all take some time to examine our personal journeys up to this point.”
“Transformation” = Change
Ex: “How has Jesus caused experiential transformation in your journey?”
“Community” = Friends
Ex: “I want to really make some community in this community… er… town.”
“Gathering” = Church Service
Ex: “Would you consider coming to our gathering on Sunday? We have holes in our jeans!”
“Experience” = Anything that happens that might possibly have some spiritual implication
Ex: “My coffee spilling experience this morning reminded me of the transformative nature of God’s redemptive progression in my journey.”
“Intimacy” = Candles / Forced Confession
Ex. “Let’s light some intimacy in this room. Anybody look at porn this week?”
Did I miss any?