Tag: communication

Every Word a Gift

As a pastor and church leader for twenty years, I have come to believe that many of our problems come back to this—we just don’t know how to talk to people. I am often amazed to sit in a room with a group of people who all agree on the basic fundamentals of an issue and all hope to see…

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Going Social #GoingSocialBook

Your social circle is full of real people who have real problems, just like you. Because social media has quickly widened our social connections and influence, the problems we bring to bear on one another are increasingly compounded. But that’s not necessarily a bad thing. Genuine friendships are difficult to build and maintain but, done God’s way, they are absolutely…

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Laurel, Yanny and the Word of God

A few months ago social media platforms lit up with a controversial sound byte containing one simple word: “Laurel.” Or was it “Yanny?” For reasons beyond my comprehension, my wife heard Yanny and I heard Laurel while listening to the same sound clip at the same time, sitting right next to one another. Repeatedly. Seventeen years of marriage and I…

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Firecrackers and Coke Bottles: Learning to Control Your Anger

“Be angry and do not sin. Don’t let the sun go down on your anger, and don’t give the devil an opportunity.” (Ephesians 4:26-27) Anger is a potentially dangerous emotion. Sure, “righteous anger” can be a good thing. But let’s be honest – how much of our anger can really be classified as “righteous?” I’ve seen unbridled anger ruin marriages, destroy families,…

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“I’m Offended” – Choosing Cultivation over Ventilation

As a side effect of our Western love affair with personal autonomy, American emotions have become increasingly fragile. A few months ago I heard someone jokingly say, “Good morning, America. What can I be offended about today?” Social media has given every person a public platform. But instead of using our platforms for culture-cultivation, our sin-scarred hearts (Jeremiah 17:9) are…

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