With all the talk happening in the world today, you might think it best to keep your own thoughts and words to yourself. Words abound on social platforms, from airwaves, in print. Even our own conversations are packed full. So many of us have grown weary of words and discourse. We wonder if contributing our opinion on the latest news squabble is needed. We wonder if society would be better served by our silence.

In this episode of Persuasion, Erin Straza and Hannah Anderson kick off a new approach to the show, one in which conversations can go deeper and be more robust. Persuasion will now use a series approach to episodes, grouping shows together by topic to give more time and space for exploring issues at length. “Let’s Talk” is the first episode in the series Talking about Talk. Erin and Hannah present a compelling case for rigorously engaging the world with our thoughts and words, despite what seems to be an overabundance of both. Discussion covers the proliferation of words, the need for quality conversations in our circles, and the challenges we face in contributing value in a word-saturated culture. Because conversation is essential to healthy community, Erin and Hannah passionately argue for Christians to contribute sound and grace-filled words to the conversations we encounter in our homes, churches, workplaces, and communities. Listen in for dialogue on issues like these, and continue the conversation on Twitter @PersuasionCAPC or in the CAPC members-only community on Facebook. Be sure to answer our question of day: Do you feel like your words matter?

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Hannah Anderson: Web / Twitter

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Persuasion 146 Resources & Links

Research says young people today are more narcissistic than everABC.net

Stop Googling. Let’s Talk.The New York Times

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