Andre and I are talking about talking as Dads. Our speech is powerful and we discuss one common way we as fathers make it more difficult for our children to live for Jesus through our everyday speech. Continue reading Life Giving Speech
Your speech matters. In previous posts we have seen that. And we’ve considered what bad speech looks like and what good speech looks like. But, what do you do if you have diffiulties in the way you speak? First, you … Continue reading Good speech, bad speech, CHANGED SPEECH!
Many of us have been trained to be polite. And I suppose that most of the time that is a good thing, especially if that politeness is motivated by love. In others words it can be a good thing when … Continue reading How and When to Be Bold
If there’s anything you want to become really good at, it’s speaking the right word. And to speak the right word, obviously, you have to do some thinking about what the right word is. I’ll give you just a couple … Continue reading The Right Word
Let’s talk about the way you talk. You do a lot of talking. That ability to communicate is a gift. But this ability to communicate is not only a gift, it is also a responsibility. In fact our ability to … Continue reading Talk about Talk
One of the distinguishing characteristics of the way Christians talk should be their consistent commitment to speaking truth. Unfortunately, lying is such a part of our culture and such a part of our past, that we often lie without even realizing it. This means, even as Christians, we need to work at putting off falsehood. But how? Especially, when it so widespread? First we must identify it. What does it mean to lie? How do we speak falsehoods? Rather than specifically identifying the different kinds of lies we are tempted to speak, I thought it might be helpful to instead … Continue reading What does lying look like?
I’m not the world’s best arguer. But that doesn’t keep me from thinking making a good argument (i.e lovingly discussing an issue with a view to learn and persuade) is important. If the tongue of the wise makes knowledge acceptable that seems to mean you can make it hard or easy to listen to truth by the way you talk. Even though I may not always be the best arguer, I know what I don’t like in an argument. Of course, this is like super-personal I’m talking about me listening to someone else, but what I’m saying is I have an idea what doesn’t work very well when someone is … Continue reading Making an Argument
It is so easy to just see what we want to see. Consider the following argument I recently read in a teacher’s magazine: “The bicycle would seem to be a good argument for intelligent design…But in fact, the bicycle makes a convincing case for evolution. In its dinosaur period, its front wheel was enormous, its rear wheel a tiny, spinning afterthought. The rider had to mount from a stool, and in those helmetless days, a fall from the bike’s great height could be calamitous. To become the lightweight, multigeared, fast and friendly creature we know today, countless mutations took place, … Continue reading Arguing with our eyes closed…