point of reference

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Once while I was teaching in Canada, I told a joke to an audience and not one person in the audience understood it as a joke. The reason, they did not have a point of reference to help them understand.

As an example, In USAmerica, late-night comedians tell jokes that are heard on both the left and right coast and in the middle of the country. Each joke is crafted so that the audience regardless of what part of USAmerica they are watching from will understanding the central point of reference of the joke.

If you understand the point of reference, you most likely will “get” the joke. If not, you will miss out on its meaning.

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Jesus Followers


There are many synonyms to use for the word believer, which is the most common word for a person who has "converted" to follow Jesus. I have chosen "Jesus follower(s) or follower(s) of Jesus instead of the word believer in these presentations to allow the reader an opportunity to move away from the idea of believer which conjures up the possible thought of "ascent" to a set of doctrines that have been assembled by different groups over the centuries and show up in this day and age as a set of statements posted on web sites and other written material. These sets of beliefs are suggested by many as the ones that one should ascent to so that upon death the one who assents can go to heaven, i.e., just believe and you are good to go. Jesus followers/followers of Jesus suggest an action that one should take. Remember, Jesus told his disciples to follow him. Yes, belief is important, but one must move beyond belief to action.


(See "Discipleship" Dictionary of Jesus and the Gospels. 182-188.)