• Giving the Candidates a Communication Filter

    It is sad, when watching a Presidential debate becomes a dangerous activity for our children. When the “adults” on the screen are using words you don’t want children to pick up, it’s time to turn off the television. And it’s time to pray. The Presidential candidates may not realize it, but Scripture provides an excellent guideline for communication: [box]Let no unwholesome word proceed from your mouth, but only such a word as is good for edification according to the need of the moment, so that it will give grace to those who hear. (Ephesians 4:29)[/box] Several years ago I tried to begin implementing this verse and started using the “3-Question Principle” in…

  • A New Way to Communicate

    We’ve been studying the book of Colossians and as we’re working our way through chapter three, Paul is pouring out instructions and in this section he challenges us in how we are communicating with others: [box]“But now you also, put them all aside: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and abusive speech from your mouth. Do not lie to one another, since you laid aside the old self with its evil practices, and have put on the new self who is being renewed to a true knowledge according to the image of the One who created him . . .” (Colossians 3:8–10)[/box] Our tongues can bless, gripe, complain, and communicate the gospel—all within a…

  • Slanderers Don’t Typically Ask Your Forgiveness

    When we stopped at the local diner to grab a quick lunch, we weren’t expecting to witness a prisoner being set free. We had no idea that we’d see repentance. We weren’t expecting humility to show up over chips and salsa. We’ve all experienced it: the destructive force of gossip. Slander knows no bounds. It can ruin reputations, destroy public trust, and rob the good name of a man of integrity. Those who hold leadership positions are understandably prone to public scrutiny and should be held accountable for misconduct. But what about those who are faithful, trustworthy servants who endure the diabolical smearing of their reputation because of a few well-placed innuendoes…