For centuries, religious language was a staple of the human community. Then, words were hollowed out as being connected with untenable beliefs, deadened idealistic images, and stories too good to be true. Resurrected words can and do matter for they shape the way we understand ourselves, the way we interact with the world, and the way we treat others. Rev. Bob Tucker was the Senior Minister of the First Congregational Church of Houston for 28 years. He is the Executive Director Emeritus of the Foundation for Contemporary Theology.