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Interview with Karen Swallow Prior

Sharon Apologetics, Communication, Social Networking 3 Comments

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Friends, I have such a treat for you today! About a year and a half ago, I visited my friend Karen Swallow Prior at her farm. As we sat in her kitchen and chatted about life, I realized I needed to have her on my blog. There was something very specific I wanted to ask her about–and share with you. …

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What Kind of Loud Are You?

Sharon Communication 0 Comments

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I am a loud woman. At least, I feel like I am. It’s not that I have a thundering voice, and I’m no Janice from Friends (at least I hope not!), but I’m not afraid to speak up. I can be loud loud, but mostly I’m just stick-my-foot-in-my-mouth loud. As long as I can remember, I have struggled to keep …

Am I Blogging to the Choir?

Sharon Communication, Discipleship 5 Comments

Lately I’ve been thinking about what it means to write and teach without merely “tickling the ears” of my readers. In the age of the internet this goal is tough, not because I can’t find anything substantive to talk about, but because of the nature of the internet itself. Just think about it: If I write something that readers don’t …

Fair and Balanced

Sharon Communication, Evangelism 4 Comments

At the end of last week I noticed a tweet that had been posted by Ed Stetzer as he labored over a blog post for the following day: “Working on a difficult blogpost for tmrw. Trying to speak truth & grace at the same time is not easy. I’m not sure I have it right yet.” I love God’s timing, …

The Single Greatest Determiner of a Lasting Marriage

Sharon Communication, Marriage 2 Comments

Long before I met my husband I heard about a fascinating study that claimed to have discovered the single greatest determiner of a lasting marriage. Whether or not the researchers actually found THE single greatest determiner is debatable, but I still think they were pretty right on. I’ve written about this study here before, but after I found myself sharing …

The Art of Persuasion

Sharon Apologetics, Communication, Evangelism 0 Comments

Here’s a fun question to ask yourself: If you could sit down and have a conversation with the person you were 10 years ago, what would you say to your younger self? On what topics would you agree, and on what would you disagree? As I think about the ways in which I’ve grown in the last 10 years, I …

Beware of the Overstatement

Sharon Communication, Theology, Wisdom 1 Comment

Don’t use words too big for the subject. Don’t say “infinitely” when you mean “very”; otherwise you’ll have no word left when you want to talk about something really infinite. -C.S. Lewis When I first began blogging, I frequently caved to the temptation of using hype to attract readers. In fact, I still struggle with this form of manipulation. Not …

Commandment #10

Sharon Communication, Jealousy, Marriage 2 Comments

This is a little weird to admit, but for the majority of my adult life I gave almost no thought to a very particular section of the tenth commandment. Until recently, I read through the tenth commandment as if one part of it was not even there. It was that irrelevant to me. In case you need a refresher, the …

The Lazy Conversationalist

Sharon Communication, Gossip 2 Comments

In November I posted a blog in which I cited the following statistic: A study in the New York Daily News found that  “80% of normal conversations consist of gossip.” Ever since I discovered that statistic I cannot get it out of my head! I think about it all the time in my conversations with others. Every time the topic …

Taming the Technological Tongue

Sharon Communication, Social Networking, Wisdom 0 Comments

Last week I stumbled upon a fascinating article by John MacArthur entitled “Social Media and Digital Discernment.” In the article MacArthur explores a number of the potentially destructive aspects of social media. As someone who values technology but has also written about the potential pitfalls of it, I recommend the article. It’s a helpful read. One of the statistics MacArthur …