Mitchell, pastor of Lanse Evangelical Free Church in Pennsylvania, helped me understand the draw of gossip. Why is it to alluring? Why does something so simple become bondage? He pressed into motives. I, and others, enjoy inside information. We take pleasure in hearing and passing on bad news. It is power. It is pride.

I could go on. With simplicity and clarity, Mitchell addressed almost every issue about gossip, about how to deal with conversation that becomes gossip, and about how to respond to gossip. He even talked about repenting of gossip. How often have I gone back to people and asked their forgiveness for gossip?

This means Resisting Gossip: Winning the War of the Wagging Tongue is personally useful. It’s also a tool for discipleship.

Join Mark Mellinger as he discusses gossip with Mitchell.