Bringing the Text to Life

Friendly Words James 3:1-12

Friendly Words

An online game has lots of friends sharing words, but it's the words in person that matter the most.

At a Glance

Words With Friends is a social media app that was a wild success even before actor Alec Baldwin's rant on an American Airlines plane after he was asked to stop playing and turn off his phone so the plane could depart. The popularity of this game gives us an opportunity to move to our epistle reading in James, where the author is all over this matter of words --not the ones we text with our fingers, but the ones we speak with our mouths and tongues.

Editors' Pick

For material based on today's gospel text, see "Quenching St. Anthony's Fire," September 14, 1997, at

On the afternoon of December 6, 2011, actor Alec Baldwin was booted off an American Airlines flight out of LAX for failure to comply with airline regulations, particularly the one that requires you to turn off your cell phone once the cabin doors are closed. Now, you'd think that someone as worldly and well-traveled as Baldwin would know this rule, which he did; or that a violation of that rule...

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