Are the absent safe around you? God held Israel responsible for their public rebellion and the murmuring they did in their tents. My aquaintance Ray Pritchard cranks out books like I can put away pizza. He has an insightful blog. Monday he told an interesting story. In the article he has a good, practical suggestion about how to keep others from talking about those who are not present to participate in the discussion. Amy Carmichael’s rule in the Donavour Fellowship in Inda was “Never about. Always too.” In other words, she did not allow people to talk about each other when they should talk to each other.