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Our words have power. With our words we bless and with our words we curse. We can create an environment of peace and love or an atmosphere of anxiety and fear. How are you using your words? […] Read More

White evangelicals overwhelmingly support President Trump, who regularly denigrates women of color. By remaining silent about their candidate’s sexism and racism, they are selling their souls. […] Read More

Avoiding cuss words is great if that’s what you feel led to do, but if you still use slurs, which demean and dehumanize others, you’re overlooking something far more dangerous. […] Read More

Our society has come a long way in forbidding pejorative phrases that refer to someone’s race, gender or disability. But one slur still cuts deep and is not yet banned. […] Read More

Proverbs, which speaks of the two ways and the choices that determine which of those ways we travel, offers guiding wisdom not only to individuals, but to communities. May we heed it. […] Read More

What we say is who we are. Words sprouting from hate, fear and resentment encapsulate toxins with a long afterlife. Words offered as gifts of peace, however, are like seeds sown in hope. […] Read More

The U.S. has a crisis of truth-telling. It’s among our top leaders and permeates our culture. Christians must be different, letting people know something greater than ourselves is at work in us. […] Read More

When people discuss political, social or religious issues on social media, it frequently turns into a name-and-blame argument. We need to stop the personal attacks and stick to the point. […] Read More

The headlines of U.S. news outlets last week seemed to be all about crass language used by two comedians. Liberals and conservatives were up in arms about remarks tweeted by Rosanne Barr and voiced by Samantha Bee. Barr tweeted racially charged comments targeting former Barack Obama aid Valerie Jarrett, while Bee used profane language to […] Read More

There are times when I read what another Christian has written or said, and I wonder whether I am reading the same Bible as them because I can’t justify their behavior based on what I read in my Bible. Now, I realize that in writing this column I am opening myself up to an accusation […] Read More