Like any other life-sustaining resource, language can be depleted, polluted, contaminated, eroded, and filled with artificial stimulants. Like any other resource, it needs the protection of those who recognize its value and commit themselves to good stewardship. — Caring for Words in a Culture of LiesÂ byÂ Marilyn Chandler McEntrye (Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans Publishing, 2009), 1.
A few weeks ago I shared a Celtic ChristianÂ prayer for our speech. I subsequently offered the prayer in a number of conversations and settings. Reminded of the importance of retrieving, reviving, and renewing “our precious language resources” (10), I set aside time to re-engage with the “high calling” (54) ofÂ Caring for Words in a Culture of Lies. Below are several quotes to encourage us to strategically steward the words, nourish the conversations, and tell the truth we have been given as a “little Christ.” To take another step in this “extreme sport [and lifelong process] for the very committed”Â (54) read Bob Trube’sÂ review, then prayerfully consider and discuss the “stewardship strategies” advocated byÂ Caring for Words in a Culture of Lies.Â [Read more…] about The High Calling of “Caring for Words in a Culture of Lies”