A few years ago I preached a sermon on gossip and I was amazeed at how many told me they did not realize what gossip was and that they had been listening to it and ocnsidered it a part of religious life. I realized the same thing for myself. Years ago my wife and I qstopped the state SBC paper because we felt ashamed that such news was reported and it was likely that the mailman would read it. I did not want the mailman to associate us with the source of the paper. When I moved to another location in the same state I realized that my mailman knew one of the men who sometimes was talked about. That man and I had witnessed to the same mailman. Once some attacks began on the man we both knew personally, the discussion turned from Christ to the news. I realized that the mailman was reading the state paper. Frankly the majority of times I agreed with the mailman and little with the attackers. In fact some of the attackers were found to make statement which were not true. When does news become gossip?