How should the disciple of Jesus speak? In other words, what should the shape and trajectory of our conversations look like? I’m not planning to answer the question. I want you to answer it.

What adjectives would you use to describe the words that regularly flow out of your mouth? Do any of the following fit? cynical; sarcastic; encouraging; angry; frustrated; hopeful; well-timed; thoughtful; venomous; insensitive; rash; soft; kind; destructive; insulting; malicious; gracious; gentle; understanding; grumbling.

The Bible challenges us to speak to one another in and by the power of the Gospel. The Bible gives us clear instruction on a number of fronts regarding the kinds of conversations we should have. For example:

  • Christians should encourage each other everyday to stay strong in the faith (Eph 4:25; Heb 3:13)
  • Fathers (and Mothers) should bring up their children in the discipline and instruction of the Lord (Eph 6:4)
  • Christians should speak boldly about the excellencies of Christ before the nations (1Pet 2:9)
  • Christians should engage in gracious, salty conversations with outsiders (Col 4:5-6)
  • Christians should give gentle, hopeful responses to those who ask about their hope in Christ (even if those asking are antagonistic) (1Pet 3:15-16)

Is this how you speak?

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Family Tensions at Christmas

December 21, 2009

I’m pasting in this quote and a link  from Justin Taylor’s blog. It’s mostly because I can’t say it any better.  I hope it’s not a sign of laziness.

A good word (link) from Russell Moore, offering “a few quick thoughts on what followers of Jesus ought to remember, especially if you’ve got a difficult extended family situation.” His counsel centers around five biblical concepts: (1) peace; (2) honor; (3) humility; (4) maturity; (5) perspective.

Now, don’t you be lazy.  Read Russ’ helpful article here.  May the Gospel bring you and your family great comfort, fullness of joy, and peace that passes understanding in the next days.

Do You Hear What I Hear?

December 16, 2009

Tiger Is Being Hunted…

December 4, 2009

I’m not an avid golf follower. I mostly follow the majors each year. But I admit it. Tiger Woods is my favorite golfer. I suppose it is because I started attempting to play golf about the same time that Tiger burst onto the national golf scene. It’s probably also because we are the same age. It’s not because our financial portfolio’s mirror one another. The last time I checked Tiger Woods will soon become the first professional athlete to earn over 1 billion dollars during his career. I think I’ve earned about $500,000 in my lifetime!

The Tiger Woods saga saddens me, not just because Woods is my favorite golfer, but because it breaks my heart to see the effects of sin upon this world. CJ Mahaney has posted an excellent article on the Tiger Woods story.

…sin is an enemy Tiger can’t manage. He can’t shape this story like he does a long iron on a par 5. Tiger doesn’t need a publicity facelift; Tiger needs a Savior. Just like me. And just like you. And if by God’s grace he repents and trusts in the person and work of Christ, Tiger will experience the fruit of God’s promise that “whoever conceals his transgressions will not prosper, but he who confesses and forsakes them will obtain mercy” (Proverbs 28:13).

Read the rest of it here. I think it will change the way that you read the headlines in the future.