Christian vs. Christian: Stop Tearing Each Other Apart

Even worse than humanity's general tendency to use our tongues as swords is the fact that so many Christians do it to each other. It has always been so, because we are being perfected but few if any among us are perfected yet. But we must not accept this state of affairs.  St. Paul, writing … Continue reading Christian vs. Christian: Stop Tearing Each Other Apart

Turning our Sword-Tongues into Pruning Hooks

The biblical phrase, "beat your swords into plowshares and your spears into pruning hooks" comes from the Old Testament prophets Isaiah (2:4) and Micah (4:3).  It refers to a time when the justice of God will reign, when his rule of love is willingly accepted and all is blessed in the acceptance of his truth … Continue reading Turning our Sword-Tongues into Pruning Hooks

The Silence: A Poem By Wendell Berry

Wendell Berry--poet, novelist, lover of the land--distills life to its essence, teaching us to value the concrete beauty in the natural world and to question our innumerable ways of wasting days that could be filled with wonder. His poem, "The Silence," (click here for full text) wrestles with our love of speech and our need … Continue reading The Silence: A Poem By Wendell Berry

Bunyan’s Christian Meets Talkative: All Talk and No Action

John Bunyan's The Pilgrim's Progress presents an allegory of the spiritual journey in the form of a dream in which a man named Christian leaves his home in the City of Destruction and undertakes a journey to the Celestial City. Christian meets many people on the hazard-ridden road to which he has been pointed by Evangelist. … Continue reading Bunyan’s Christian Meets Talkative: All Talk and No Action

When Tempted to Fire Back, Remember This

  A soft answer turns back wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger. Proverbs 15:1 The anger of man does not work the righteousness of God. --James 1:20 How often we excuse our angry words, blaming others for our own actions.  How often we confuse anger with strength and gentleness with weakness!  There is … Continue reading When Tempted to Fire Back, Remember This

Pondering Silence and Exuberant Praise: The Example of Mary, Mother of God

"Mary's silence is admirable," notes the Navarre Bible on Matthew 1:19, in which Joseph, distressed and perplexed at the pregnancy of his betrothed, is told in a dream not to be afraid to marry her, "for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit." Apparently Mary's trust that God would take care … Continue reading Pondering Silence and Exuberant Praise: The Example of Mary, Mother of God

Frustrated with the Gift of Gab? Consider the Word-Smart Strength Behind It

An author who confesses that her childhood nickname was "Chatty Kathy" is someone I know I'll appreciate. In 8 Great Smarts:  Discover and Nurture Your Child's Intelligences, Dr. Kathy Koch presents the multiple intelligence theory of Dr. Howard Gardner in an accessible guide for parents wishing to help children understand and grow their natural strengths.  … Continue reading Frustrated with the Gift of Gab? Consider the Word-Smart Strength Behind It

Have a Point: Steve Martin and John Candy Help Us See Ourselves

The late actor John Candy has given us some of the most endearing talkative characters in comedy. Candy had a wonderful way of rendering his subjects as so annoying we'd probably avoid them if we met them in real life, yet he'd gradually reveal a humble, heart-of-gold side of the men he played, the side … Continue reading Have a Point: Steve Martin and John Candy Help Us See Ourselves

Loose Lips…a Warning When Words Flow Freely

Loose lips sink ships. Loose lips sink ships, a phrase that originated during World War II, is an American English idiom meaning "beware of unguarded talk." The phrase was created by the War Advertising Council and was used on propaganda posters by the United States Office of War Information.  It would be wise to apply … Continue reading Loose Lips…a Warning When Words Flow Freely