Resisting Gossip: Winning the War of the Wagging Tongue

Resisting Gossip: Winning the War of the Wagging Tongue
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Mitchell, Matthew C.


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Listen to a sermon series by Matthew Mitchell entitled Gossip.
Source: Lanse Evangelical Free Church

Publisher’s Description

Gossip. It’s on Facebook, on the television, in the break room, and yes, even in our churches. With gossip being so prevalent in our culture, it can be hard to resist listening to and sharing stories about other people’s business. But what does God say about gossip? And is it possible to follow his instructions? Absolutely!

In Resisting Gossip, you will learn not just the scriptural warnings against gossip, but how the truth of the gospel can deliver believers from this temptation. Questions for group discussion are also available for your study.

Includes a Foreword by Edward T. Welch

About the Author

Matthew C. Mitchell (BA, Moody Bible Institute; MDiv, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School; DMin, Westminster Theological Seminary) has been the pastor at Lanse Evangelical Free Church in Lanse, Pennsylvania since 1998.

The Resisting Gossip Teaching Video Series

Book Details

192 Pages
Publisher: Christian Literature Crusade
Publication Date: September 2013
ISBN 10: 1619580764
ISBN 13: 9781619580763

“You have to read this book! I am just kidding. We all have to read this book. Isn't it amazing that most of us have never read a clear, pastoral and practical book on what Scripture says about gossip? Well, here it is. Matt will guide you through this topic in such a way that you will be convicted–I certainly was. But he will do more than that. He will give you ideas about how you can spread good news about others in such a way that the church will be more united and God will be honored.”
– Edward T. Welch, Counselor and Faculty member, Christian Counseling & Educational Foundation (CCEF), Glenside, PA; author, Shame Interrupted, When People Are Big and God Is Small, Depression: A Stubborn Darkness, and Running Scared: Fear, Worry, and the God of Rest

“In Resisting Gossip experienced pastor Matt Mitchell skillfully tackles one of the most overlooked and destructive sins within the church. Dr. Mitchell s wise, biblical approach carefully defines gossip (no one excluded here!) and gets to the heart of both the causes and cures of this problem. Full of scriptural insight, practical examples and thoughtful questions for group discussion, this one-of-a-kind book aims to do nothing less than transform the way we speak to and about one another. Whether you are a perpetrator of gossip or a victim of gossip (invariably both!), you will surely find tangible help and Christ-centered hope in its pages.”
– Michael R. Emlet, (MDiv, MD) counselor and faculty member at the Christian Counseling & Educational Foundation (CCEF), Glenside, PA; author, CrossTalk: Where Life and Scripture Meet

“Gossip is such a pervasive and insidious problem it’s amazing that there are so few resources to help churches deal with its destructive power. Matt’s book is an incredibly useful tool that I expect to have wide impact in dealing with the problem of gossip. It is thoroughly biblical, loaded with wisdom, and immensely practical. Just as important, it is written in an engaging and accessible style. I can’t recommend it more highly.”
– Winston T. Smith, Counselor and Faculty member, Christian Counseling & Educational Foundation (CCEF), Glenside, PA; author, Marriage Matters: Extraordinary Change Through Ordinary Moments

“Gossip is a spark that starts countless relational fires every day. Matt provides practical, biblical guidance on how believers can reduce this insidious problem by bringing their tonguesunder the lordship of Christ.”
– Ken Sande, president of Relational Wisdom 360, Billings, Montana

“Does the gospel have anything to say about gossip? Matt Mitchell’s engaging writing demonstrates that every Christian needs to understand the hope–giving promises of the gospel for addressing the heart issues behind gossip. Building upon a relevant biblical definition of gossip, Resisting Gossip empowers believers to apply the gospel to uproot the weeds of gossip. Mitchell’s principles for cultivating a gossip–resistant church are worth the price of the book.”
– Bob Kellemen, Ph.D., executive director of the Biblical Counseling Coalition, Lafayette, Indiana; author of Equipping Counselors for Your Church

“This book is excellent. Sweet and winsome in its presentation. Humble, yet biblically rea- soned, ‘an apple of gold in settings of silver.’ I pray that it will be used greatly in local churches.It is good stuff and MUCH needed.”
– Chris Brauns, author of Unpacking Forgiveness and When the Word Leads Your Pastoral Search; pastor of The Congregational Christian Church, Stillman Valley, Iowa

“Jesus never gossiped. The One who loves me and gave Himself for me wants me to do battle in my heart, and one of the intense battlefronts is gossip. With this book Mitchell aims to help me win that war with gospel power. Along the way he strategizes about the “principle of overflow,” how to “pray and weigh,” and five types of gossip that show me that though I may not think I have a gossipy heart in one sense, I might in another sense. This book aims at helping the reader repay evil with good.”
– Sam Crabtree, executive pastor at Bethlehem Baptist Church, Minneapolis, Minnesota; author of Practicing Affirmation: God-Centered Praise of Those Who Are Not God

“With clarity and the precision of a spiritual physician, Matt cuts deep into the cancerous disease that produces words that hurt and defame. Not only will this book help you keep your tongue in check, but it will also be a helpful navigational tool in guiding your speech toward the joyful discipline of using words to help and heal others to the glory of God! Put the principles of this book into practice, and you, your family, friends and colleagues will all be better off!”
– Dr. Joseph M. Stowell, president of Cornerstone University, Grand Rapids, Michigan

“Matthew Mitchell’s book on resisting gossip helped me greatly, and the timing of it was perfect. I want to thank him for his wise and godly counsel straight from our Father’s heart. I can hear the author’s voice, and it doesn’t beat me up. It challenges and exhorts but shows me that we are in this together for much good.”
– Jani Ortlund, author of Fearlessly Feminine and His Loving Law, Our Lasting Legacy; speaker with Renewal Ministries, Nashville, Tennessee

“Matt Mitchell did not casually put this book together but asked lots of questions, explored lots of complicated situations and aimed for biblical wisdom that truly applies to all. The book is great for the home groups at my church to consider walking through together.”
– Diane McDougall, editorial director at Journey Group, Charlottesville, Virginia; editor of EFCA Today

“Matt Mitchell tackles one of the most common, destructive but least talked about sins. While gossip destroys, Matt suggests alternatives to gossip that build trust and relationship and that are practical and helpful. Our words, good and bad, are powerful, and this book can be a helpful tool in prompting God’s people to consider their words, attitudes and practices. I highly recommend it.”
– T.J. Addington, executive director of ReachGlobal, Minneapolis, Minnesota; author of Leading from the Sandbox, High–Impact Church Boards, Live Like You Mean It and When Life Comes Undone

“This book provides a great balance between exposing and articulating the heart problem of gossip and revealing and articulating the gospel’s answer to that problem. The book applies several well–known passages of Scripture to the topic of gossip that I had not previously seen applied in this manner. Many other lesser-known scriptures came alive to me by their application to gossip. I already am recommending this book—and quoting it.”
– Dan Ledford, pastor of Westminster Presbyterian Church in America, Butler, Pennsylvania

“Matthew Mitchell’s book is personal and loving instead of simply academic and informational. I appreciated his open, honest self–disclosure. I really liked the simple definitions, especially of gossip and of judging. Matt makes it clear that our heart is the core issue in the problem of gossip as well as the place in which change happens through confession, repentance, grace and the work of the Spirit. This book will be extremely helpful in clarifying, diagnosing and healing the sin of gossip in individuals and in churches. It is simple, deep and easy reading all at the same time.”
– Bruce Weatherly, director of Safe Harbor Christian Counseling of Mid–Pennsylvania

“The foundational strength of Resisting Gossip isn’t found in just a single chapter. It runs through the whole book. That strength is the good news, the gospel. Not the three–point out–line that gets a person ‘saved’ but the impact of the gospel that redeems, justifies, propitiates and sanctifies. Too often authors who take on topical issues such as gossip tip their hat to the gospel, assume it as an underlying principle or ignore it altogether. Not so in this material. The gospel is front and center and applied throughout all the suggestive material in how to deal with resisting gossip.”
– Dennis W. Wadsworth, Jr., pastor at Hope Evangelical Free Church, Fertile, Minnesota

“This book presents real–life examples that I can identify with. They are engaging because, let’s be honest, we love to hear a good story. The reader is drawn in by the example and then confronted with the spiritual ramifications of gossip because of the book’s biblical content and teaching on the subject of gossip. The supporting references and practical advice do not leave much room for misunderstanding. On the contrary, they bring one to the point at which the reader’s final decision has to be a matter of the heart, before God and man.”
– Jaroslav Elijas, director at Christian Evangelistic Center, Serbia; assistant pastor at Glozan Baptist Church, Serbia

“Dr. Mitchell not only walks alongside us as a brother in Christ to help us understand the subject of gossip, but he also gives a proactive, biblical and applicable plan of how to deal with it through the changing of our own hearts. This book is an excellent resource within our School of Discipleship.”
– Matt Cox, executive director of Miracle Mountain Ranch Missions Inc., Spring Creek, PA; homeschool father of five

“This book on gossip meets a huge need. It is a response to a problem within the church as well as in individual lives. I would recommend it to all Christians and more specifically topastors. There is precious little on this topic.”
– Tim McIntosh, author of Leadership Peruvian Style; director of general studies at the Evangelical Seminary of Lima, Peru

“I thoroughly enjoyed and was challenged by Matt’s biblical approach to gossip. As a district superintendent with the EFCA, I too often experience the fruit of gossip in churches. I believe that Matt’s work has great opportunities for individuals as well as groups to learn to biblically deal with gossip. I especially like the questions at the end of each chapter and believe they make the material very applicable for small groups. I believe this subject must be addressed in the church today.”
– Jeff Powell, Allegheny district superintendent of the Evangelical Free Church of America (EFCA), Minneapolis, Minnesota