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Hot Mic! James 3:1-12

Hot Mic!

A hot mic can sometimes get us into hot water.

At a Glance

Athletes and politicians often are embarrassed when they say something they thought was a private utterance, only to discover that a hot mic nearby picked up their every word! At this point, it is often too late for damage control. The apostle James urges us to be careful about the words we say.

Editors' Pick

For material based on today's gospel text, see "It's All about You," September 17, 2000, at

During this spring's NCAA men's college basketball tournament, otherwise known as March Madness, a player from the University of Wisconsin had an embarrassing moment. Nigel Hayes didn't miss a last second shot or foul out. His faux pas didn't happen in front of millions viewing the game on television. It occurred while chatting with a handful of reporters in a small room during a press conference.

Throughout the tournament, Hayes was enamored with the female stenographers who wrote down his every word. The host of the press conference who had...

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