I often point out in my writings and sermons that we have a very strange relationship with words. Oftentimes we have a definition of a word in our head and we fail to check the accuracy of that definition, consider that it has evolved over time, or realize that there are a number of definitions of that same word. I have preached a number of sermons that pretty much focus on one word and our need to clarify our understanding. The words disciple and evangelism are my favorite topics of clarification. They are most often used in a very limited way and this limited understanding can affect how the church does ministry. But this post is not about that.
I just wanted to point out an article in this morning's New York Times that talks about how words can change meaning even while we are not watching. It turns out the word subprime used to be a good thing. Now, not so much. Check out the article here:
By SIMON WINCHESTER
Preaching in Challenging Times
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