J.R. Briggs

Attempting to behold the miracle long enough without falling asleep

  • Decaffeinated Christianity

    January 13, 2012

    ‎”Say to God, ‘Father, I’m sick of being a common Christian. I’m sick of being only halfway. I want to know You.'”      – A.W. Tozer

    I’ve been thinking a lot about Christianity and coffee lately and I am not sure why they go together. They probably don’t.

    I’ve had this phrase stuck in my head the past few weeks and I can’t get it out: decaffeinated Christianity.

    Thought of the day: Jesus came to save us from the disappointment of our decaf Christianity. 

    He came to offer us the caffeinated kingdom – extra shots and all – that keeps us awake late at night and has us longing to come back for more.

    Posted in: Uncategorized

Recent Comments

  • David Fitch said...


    In political theory, there’s a lot to talk about here. For instance, my favorite cultural theorist Slavoj Zizek argues that when we say “I enjoy my religion” this implies that I don’t take it TOO seriously. For we really don’t want to take it too seriously (this is what the fundamentalists do according to Zizek). We keep it at a distance so to appear to be a Christian with all of it comforts and accoutrements yet not requiring any great disruption to a comfortable way of life. This distance, between the subject and the Symbolic Order, is what allows the subject’s Christianity (or religion) to be subsumed by the existing order. Nothing will change. Zizek calls it “decaffeinated belief,” “belief without belief.” I love this insight.
    Hope I didn’t hijack your thought :)

    01/13/12 8:35 AM | Comment Link

  • J.R. Briggs said...


    Fitch – good thoughts. I had never heard of ‘decaffeinated belief’ before, but I do believe this is a pretty similar thought (with Zizek being much more thoughtful and articulate about it than I).

    Thanks for sharing.
    I wonder what areas of my life are decaf when Jesus invites me to enjoy kingdom espresso shots with him.

    01/13/12 8:29 PM | Comment Link

  • DougG said...


    JR, Like It, I have been building a bible study on Jeremiah based on my studies a couple years ago and it has been refreshed in my mind how deeply God wants to have a relationship with each person personally. I can think of so many reasons (some out of Jeremiah) for why we settle for decaf … bad or arrogant teaching, assuming we know what being a Christian means and does, etc. … we ask people to start their relationship with Christ, but then never tell them how to have that relationship afterward, Thanks, DougG

    01/18/12 5:16 PM | Comment Link

Leave A Comment

Mail (will not be published) (required)