Reconnect One: RunyonsMarch 13, 2019
I thought for sure I had misheard the word. Surely he meant to say reunion or onion. But neither of those words made sense either. I asked him to repeat himself. He said, “He’s got to stop runyons, he just needs to stop.” So I asked, “Exactly what does runyons mean?” He laughed, “Oh, it’s a family word! It means he’s got to stop running his mouth.”
Family words are great but like inside jokes they leave people on the outside. For Christians, the family words become so common that we forget those new to the family or foreign to the faith do not understand us. Words like grace, redemption, and even Christmas mean different things inside and outside Christianity.
Fluency in the culture means we need the ability to translate the ideas of eternity into everyday language.