Gracious Talk

“Stick and stones may break my bones, but words can never hurt me…” We’ve all heard the old nursery rhyme, but it really isn’t true, is it? Words, and the ways in which we use them, can have a profound impact on ourselves and those around us. What does it mean to use gracious talk? Listen as we explore these questions together.

Rev. Dr. Abigail Rian Evans preaching
Proverbs 15.1-4
James 3.1-12

2018-09-08T15:59:49+00:00September 4th, 2018|Highlighted, Sermon Audio, Sermons|

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  1. John MacDonald September 25, 2018 at 3:31 pm - Reply

    We are living in “difficult” times? 1929 was difficult, as was 1775 and 1941. The fact is that we Americans are now living in a peaceful time (for us, anyway) with more creature comforts and freedoms than any society in human history. I would not characterize that as particularly “difficult.”

    As too “offensive” speech – that depends on whom you ask. One person’s “offense” may be another person’s idea of the truth. Everyone is potentially “offended” by some form of speech. Jesus was killed for exercising free speech and offending the Sanhedrin. I am sure the Sanhedrin was grossly “offended” by his claim of being the Son of God. In their eyes, that wasn’t very gracious speech – it was offensive heresy, so they killed him. They simply took enforced “civility” to its next logical step.

    Every society that has engaged in speech “policing” has eventually …. you know the rest. Speech policing always leads to a very bad place, very fast, where the consequences are far greater than having someone’s feathers ruffled by a social media post. I realize your likely intention is merely to encourage Christian civility in speech, but such well intentioned ideas in our current environment can quickly be converted into legislation, where the majority gets to tell everyone else what they can and cannot say. No thanks. I will happily be offended on a daily basis if it means I get to say what I think. Best regards.

    “Whoever would overthrow the liberty of a nation must begin by subduing the freeness of speech.”
    ― Benjamin Franklin

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