New Vlog Entry, Caring for Words in a Culture of Lies, with Stephanie Bennett

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Today we look at Marilyn McEntyre’s book, Caring for Words in a Culture of Lies. Our discussion involves finding ways to overcome the challenges of living in a world where lying and all its cousins (propaganda, manipulation, expletives, and other abuses of language) seem perfectly okay as long as there is money to be made. A healthy society is careful about the …

Column entry, “truths or Truth,” by Brandon Knight

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Column Title: In Search of Right Words: Saint Augustine, Rhetoric, and Preaching By Brandon Knight, Ph.D. William Carey University September: “truths or Truth” Column Description: Saint Augustine, Bishop of Hippo, in his work On Christian Doctrine, illustrates the important relationship between preaching and rhetoric. Even in his day, many questioned what use the church could possibly gain from the study of oratory. …

Column Entry, Doubting Faith, by Mark Williams

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Column Title: Meaningful-Faith: Words, the Word, and a Life of Substance Column Entry: “Doubting Faith” By Mark Williams, Ph.D. Professor of Rhetoric, California State University, Sacramento   June 2024 / May 2024 / November 2022 / October 2022 / March 2022 / February 2022 / November 2021 / October 2021 / September 2021 / August 2021 / June-July 2021 / April-May 2021   …

Column entry, “Pentecost, Power, and Powery’s Becoming Human,” by John Hatch

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Column title: Crossed My Mind: Thoughts on Culture and Communication Column entry: Pentecost, Power, and Powery’s Becoming Human By John Hatch, Ph.D. Eastern University (retired) CCSN Senior Fellow Column Description: As Christians, we are called to have the mind of Christ. This goes against the grain of our social and cultural conditioning. We seek personal or political advancement; Christ seeks the lost …

Column entry, Let’s Talk Family, “Communicating about Death”

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Column: Let’s Talk Family: Conversations about Faith and Family Flourishing Column entry: “Communicating about Death” By Jonathan Pettigrew, PhD, Arizona State University; Diane Badzinski, PhD, Colorado Christian University Column Description: Let’s Talk Family: Conversations about Faith and Family Flourishing is a monthly column offering a space to consider research-based, biblically-sound practices for family communication. We all have families. And we …

Column Entry, “Faithful Focus on Shalom,” by Chris Hamstra

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Column Title: Leadership Life Stories: Communicating and Leading through Your Story Column Entry: “Faithful Focus on Shalom” By Chris Hamstra, PhD, Davenport University Description: There is a power when people come together to share stories. As people of faith, the practice and process of storytelling helps us understand ourselves, our communities, and our organizations. When combined with leadership, stories provide examples of how …

New Vlog Entry, Voice and the Power of Everyday Communication, by Stephanie Bennett

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Vlog Description: Welcome to the Secret Place where we discuss faith, communication, and culture. The Secret Place is a boutique channel produced with love (not numbers) to inspire and uplift. Each message begins with a short introduction to a new favorite book. This song is In The Secret Place by Stephanie Bennett on the album Toward the Lamb. For more …

Column Entry, Learning to “Shuntle, Spiral, and Shock” in Order to Be Heard, by Robert Stephen Reid

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Column Title: Communicating Faith in the Cross-Walk of Life Column Entry: Learning to “Shuntle, Spiral, and Shock” in Order to Be Heard By Robert Stephen Reid, Professor Emeritus, University of Dubuque Description: During most of Christendom people lived with some form of a theistic identity. But in our post-Christendom secular society most North American Christians are faced, sometimes explicitly but …

Column Entry, Let’s Talk Family, “Stay Calm: Brains for Limit Setting”

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Column: Let’s Talk Family: Conversations about Faith and Family Flourishing Column entry: “Stay Calm: Brains for Limit Setting” By Jonathan Pettigrew, PhD, Arizona State University; Diane Badzinski, PhD, Colorado Christian University Column Description: Let’s Talk Family: Conversations about Faith and Family Flourishing is a monthly column offering a space to consider research-based, biblically-sound practices for family communication. We all have …

Column Entry, “Gatekeeping in the Gales Ahead,” by Mark Williams

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Column Title: Meaningful-Faith: Words, the Word, and a Life of Substance Column Entry: “Gatekeeping in the Gales Ahead” By Mark Williams, Ph.D. Professor of Rhetoric, California State University, Sacramento   May 2024 / November 2022 / October 2022 / March 2022 / February 2022 / November 2021 / October 2021 / September 2021 / August 2021 / June-July 2021 / April-May 2021   …