The Words We Use

… say a lot about us, and how frequently we use some words is even more revealing: it shows what we talk about, what we are passionate about.

And I became curious a little while ago. I don’t have one of those word balloons on my blog that shows – graphically, at least – how often top phrases are used relative to each other. What does my blog talk about? What am I passionate about?

Then I began to wonder what other online sources would look like.

So I Googled, using advanced Google search, to find the incidences of some key words I came up with, out of my own head, as found on the sites Seek The Old Paths, back issues of Gospel Guardian, the NIV New Testament (using Bible Gateway’s internal search engine), New Wineskins and this blog. (I think I got the left-to-right-leaning order backwards.)

And this is what resulted:

Keyword STOP GG NIV NW Blog
grace 302 514 116 112 440
obey 86 604 57 97 108
obedience 224 48 12 144 71
baptism 101 1,110 22 327 318
baptize 64 208 50 51 37
confess 151 309 20 163 101
condemnation 88 216 6 37 54
condemned 147 493 28 72 60
salvation 121 1,070 40 417 346
cross 210 552 42 628 205
distinctive 48 61 0 60 7
distinctiveness 13 41 0 6 8
doctrine 348 1,190 7 207 156
faith 160 107 286 246 405
sin 96 1,020 436 520 279
music 250 664 3 828 119
sing 170 163 9 303 159
heresy 52 117 0 41 38
spirit 125 100 368 127 106
Christ 230 150 531 297 114
Jesus 210 99 1,276 260 133
God 266 164 1,287 398 131

I realize this is only a measure of how many times, not how, these words were used, and I hope you do, too. I thought about using an equalizing factor and percentages, but the total number of words in the different columns looked close enough to being in the same range that it seemed superfluous.

I leave you to draw your own conclusions.

I’m sure my blog isn’t typical. But I will say that as far as emphasizing what scripture emphasizes in our online conversation, we all have a long journey ahead of us.

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6 thoughts on “The Words We Use

  1. I know we cannot draw any hard inferences from this research data. However there was something that struck me as I glanced at the numbers. We often have the tendency to look at what makes one journal or institution different from the other. While I know there are differences between STOP, GA, and NW, they also are born out of the same church herritage and therefore it is not as surprising to see that the word “baptism” received a higher volume of use by all three of these journals. I just thought that was interesting.

    Grace and peace,

    Rex

  2. My top tags are “Christ”, “Jesus”, and “salvation”. Sometimes I think reading my blog is like listening to a broken record, same stuff over and over…

    Royce

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