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God Talk Romans 8:14-17

God Talk

Religious conversations have the power to change lives. But Christians today are losing their voice.


Talking about God is difficult for most people, unless you’re a preacher. Hasn’t it always been this way? Yet, a recent Barna survey indicates that it’s getting harder than ever to talk about God. Why is this, and what can we do about it? To answer these questions, we turn to the Romans text for Pentecost Sunday.



For material based on today’s gospel text, see “Concierge God,” June 3, 2001.  


God talk can be difficult to get right, even among professionals.

A priest and a pastor from two local churches were standing by the side of the road holding up a sign that read, “The End Is Near! Turn yourself around before it’s too late!” They planned to hold up the sign to each passing car.

The first driver sped by and yelled, “Leave us alone you religious nuts!” From around the curve they heard screeching tires and a big splash.

“Do you think,” said one...

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