Empty Speech

Great paragraph over at Mark Love’s blog that made me think:

So, the post-election question for me is how to speak in a world of debased speech. And we have little choice about the matter. We are a Word faith. We believe that God creates through speaking, and that his work of redemption comes through a Word made flesh. How can we speak in a world that is weary of empty speech?

I’m especially interested in the implications for “gospel speech.”  Is it possible that even much of our “gospel speech” rings empty on the ears of the world?


5 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Cody on November 13, 2008 at 9:00 pm

    Yes, I think it is possible. Likely, even.


  2. Posted by Mitch on November 14, 2008 at 4:31 pm

    I hear empty speech when I go to church more than anywhere and I’m a Christian. There are those phrases that people say over and over that don’t mean anything to me. I’m just as guilty, especially if I’m saying a prayer and don’t have anything to say. I’ll just throw in a, “God, just…just be in this place today…” or something like that.

    I think Christians just need to be careful that their language and rhetoric is meaningful and insightful, that their language isn’t filled with vague words that might confuse people.

    Or something like that 🙂


  3. Yes, Mitch — I agree.


    Read this great post that is related to the issue of speech.

    Larry has blogged before about church people’s obsessive need to know that he is saying something … anything … evangelistic.

    They completely dismiss the mouths fed, lives rebuilt, families housed, homeless loved, relationships reconciled as something less than evangelistic.

    Why is that?


  4. Posted by miller on November 14, 2008 at 11:57 pm

    i’ve said for a long time i think it’s time for Jesus followers to wait until they’re asked before they give a reason for the hope they have…

    and i’ve found that if i wait, i often get asked…

    these days we need permission to speak our truth


  5. Amen to Miller…


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