Wordle: 1 Corinthians 1:1-9

Chances are you’ve heard of Wordle by now.  If not, here is a description from their website:

Wordle is a toy for generating “word clouds” from text that you provide. The clouds give greater prominence to words that appear more frequently in the source text. You can tweak your clouds with different fonts, layouts, and color schemes. The images you create with Wordle are yours to use however you like. You can print them out, or save them to the Wordle gallery to share with your friends.

Here is a wordle that I created based on 1 Corinthians 1:1-9, which is the text I will preaching from this week (“Leadership from our Knees”).  To see this wordle in larger form you can go here or click on the wordle below.  (I didn’t realize you could change fonts & colors when I created this one)

Obviously, this is a very small passage from which to create a word cloud, but I did after noticing Paul use some form of Christ (Christ, Christ Jesus, Lord Jesus Christ) nine times in these nine verses.  For Paul, Jesus is central, but that had not been the practice of the Corinthians.  More important, for me at this time, is the realization that Christ must central to our prayers – not just bookends (Dear Jesus…In Jesus Name, Amen) to our prayers.

Though I haven’t done it yet, it might also be interesting to turn a sermon into a wordle as a way of seeing what is most prominent in one’s preaching (e.g. your main theme, the Gospel, Jesus or maybe something that you wouldn’t actually like).  We might be able to see if we are exalting God and His Gospel or man and his works!   I let you know how that one goes if I try it.

Also, if you haven’t seen it yet, check out the wordle created from the ESV Bible – you’ll never guess which words show up the most (okay, actually you might).  Have fun!


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