Tag: conversation

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…

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,…

“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…

Gossip – 4 Common Misconceptions

  It is no consequence that the Book of Proverbs – a book of wisdom – includes some form of instruction about the tongue/speech/words in almost every single chapter. The most often quoted of which being, “Life and death are in the power of the tongue,” (Proverbs 18:21). The tongue is either a tool to build, or a weapon to destroy.…

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