Peggy Noonan, former presidential speech writer, in her book Simply Speaking tells of an insight she learned from novelist Edith Wharton. Wharton said that "no matter what the gift of the writer, whether genius or dunce, the language of love is always the same: 'I love you, I love you, my darling, you are so wonderful ....'"

Noonan goes on to say, "The language of love is simple because love is big. And big things are best said, almost always said, in small words." That's something for all Christian communicators to remember, because we deal with the biggest ideas of all.

Illustration by J. Michael Shannon, Professor of Preaching, Cincinnati Bible College & Seminary, Cincinnati, OH.