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.
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.
Bless Your Heart
Nancy Lovell reflects on the destructive and subtle power of gossip with a story about a Bible study group.
Water Cooler Cool
In this audio presentation Howard Butt, Jr., speaks of the destructive nature of gossip and scorn, as opposed to helpful feedback (Proverbs 11:9).
Richard & Margaret
This article writes about marriage life of the Puritans in the 17th century through the story of Richard Baxter and Margaret Charlton who deeply loved and encouraged each other.
Correcting a Christian Brother or Sister
In this podcast, Robert Barron comments on Matthew 18:15-20 and "whether and how we ought to engage in fraternal correction." Barron calls us not to practice indifferentism or gossip but to fulfill our baptismal prophetic calling.
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.
Internet Gossip Hurts Youth
Gossip and rumors have always been hurtful. This brief illustration shares the story of a young woman who was the subject of gossip that spread through social media.
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.
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
There has been an increase in violence among girls. Lauren Abramson observes that gossip is often the root of their aggression. An illustration on power of speech appropriate for Proverbs 17:9, James 3:5-12, and Matthew 15:11.
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?
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.
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.
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.