Tag: rhetoric

Out of the Mouth . . .

There’s a good reason why the Scriptures give so many warnings about the words that come out of our mouths. First, they reveal what is really in the heart; second, they often get us in trouble, even if our hearts are right, because we can be careless in what we say. Politicians are always talking; therefore, they have wonderful opportunities to get stuck in the rhetorical mud. And in this age of instant communications where almost everything we say in… Read more »

Bitter Division & Truth-Telling

There’s been a lot of talk lately about how the political arena has become bitterly divided. As a historian, let me first say that this is not unique in American history. There have always been periods of strong division: the 1790s, the Jacksonian era, the entire 1850s through the Civil War, the beginnings of the Cold War in the late 1940s-early 1950s, Vietnam and Watergate. And for those who think everyone loved Ronald Reagan [which is what you might surmise… Read more »