Scripture dictates a few rules about speaking. On Sinai, God gave two commandments regarding words: We are not to take the name of God in vain and we are not to bear false witness. Jesus says we are not to make oaths to attest to the truth of what we are saying but to let…

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When I taught high school, I usually had freshmen. On the first day of school many of them didn’t know their new classmates. I would tell my homeroom that their fellow students were as nervous as they were. I encouraged them to be the first to say “Hi” and introduce themselves. This week I made…

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