I Gave Up Gossip for Lent
Dena Dyer shares her experience of giving up gossiping for lent, what it taught her about spiritual disciplines, and how it prepared her to be wowed by the resurrection story again.
Getting a Grip on Gossip
Joseph Hollcraft dissects the sin of gossip, considering things such as what counts as gossip, how to confront those with whom we’re upset rather than speaking ill of them, and how gossipers can address their sin.
Youth and Gossip
This article focuses on youth and gossip, suggesting that young people can draw on the Holy Spirit’s power to resist the temptation to participate in gossip and other destructive speech.
Daniel in the Gossip Den
This article by Kristin Huffman on Daniel 6 and Romans 14:19 discusses how gossip breeds destruction. Arising from jealousy and a desire for power, gossip results in hurt relationships.
Commentary on James 5:13-20
Robert Hoch writes on James 5, looking at how gossip and speech affect communities.
The Rumor and the Vow
This transcribed audio resource by Howard Butt on Proverbs 25:23 illustrates the destructive potential of gossip in a corporate business setting. Butt advises us to avoid repeating rumors in our daily work activities.
Full Christianity: Doing, Thinking, and Being, Part 3
Mark D. Roberts reflects on Ephesians 4:17, asking readers to consider what workplace practices might be inconsistent with being a follower of Jesus and especially highlighting the pernicious practice of gossip.
Feathers in the Wind
In a quote from "Feathers in the Wind," Dallas Willard offers an illustration of the effect of gossip and a diagnosis of why people partake in gossip.
Bless Your Heart
Nancy Lovell reflects on the destructive and subtle power of gossip with a story about a Bible study group.
In this satiric video about the inappropriate use of prayer requests, women in a prayer group tear down their fellow church members through gossip.
Gossip Leads to Violence among Girls
An illustration by Jerry De Luca explains that gossip is leading to violence among girls, appropriate for Proverbs 17:9, James 3:5-12, and Matthew 15:11.
This humorous video illustrates how gossip can sneak into our prayer times. Openness and vulnerability in prayer isn’t an excuse to gossip about others or share details that we should keep confidential.
No Gossip in This Beauty Parlor
Gossip is prohibited in Mildred Fister's beauty shop. Her concern for the privacy/confidentiality of her customers is material for a sermon on Proverbs 16:28, Proverbs 11:13, 1 Timothy 5:13. Sometimes we need someone to talk to....
Small Town Embittered by Anonymous Gossip
This sermon illustration appropriate for Ephesians 4:31, 2 Corinthians 12:20, or Mark 7:22 focuses on gossip, demonstrating its severe consequences, include divorce, separation, and destroyed friendships.
Gossip and rumors grow wildly in the matter of one school day. Everyone is taking sides. When the truth comes out, will the people involved reconcile their relationship, or let the separation and bitterness grow?
Prayer Deters Gossip
A quote about who we may pray for and who we may gossip about, appropriate for 1 Timothy 2:1, 1 Timothy 5:13, and Colossians 1:3.
When Gossip Destroyed Trust
This sermon illustration for Proverbs 16:28, Proverbs 15:2, or Proverbs 11:13 demonstrates the destructive power of gossip, and how no matter how regretted the words are, feelings of guilt won't nullify the consequences.
When Gossip Broke a Heart
Ramona Cramer Tucker's heartrending story provides a powerful example of the devastating potential of gossip, illustrating 1 Peter 3:10, James 5:9, Proverbs 4:24, and similar passages.
Mean Girls: Burn Book
A clip from Mean Girls (2:24). After compiling a book of vicious school gossip with her friends, Regina George prints out copies of the book and pastes them around school. Students start violently attacking each other.