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The Thursday Evening Cage Match

February 28, 2016

We can do better.

“The Thursday evening cage match” is how Randall W. Forsyth characterized the Republican presidential candidates’ debate.

In yesterday’s edition of Barron’s, The Dow Jones Business and Financial Weekly, his lead editorial pointed to “the priceless screenshot of front-runner Donald Trump flanked by Sens. Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz with the closed caption: ‘unintelligible yelling.'”

We can do better in the church. But sometimes we don’t.

Sometimes all outsiders hear from us is “unintelligible yelling.” Sometimes our conversations with one another become little more than “unintelligible yelling.”

And I say this as preaching pastor making a confession: sometimes our preaching is only “unintelligible yelling.”

Surely we can do better in the church.

“How wonderful, how beautiful, when brothers and sisters get along!” sings Psalm 133:1.

“See to it that your words are always full of grace,” advises Colossians 4:6.

“It isn’t what goes into your mouth that defiles you, but what comes out,” Jesus cautions us in Matthew 15:11.

By the grace of God, may we as Christians do better than “unintelligible yelling” today.

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