Devotional: Keeping Our Distance

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Keeping Our Distance* Bill Strom, Ph.D. Trinity Western University “Take special note of anyone who does not obey our instruction in this letter. Do not associate with them, in order that they may feel ashamed. Yet do not regard them as an enemy, but warn them as you would a fellow believer.” – 2 Thessalonians 3:14-15 These last months, the …

“Words don’t have meaning, people have meaning…?” (or, “This Last, Dim, Weird Battle of the West” or, “The End of Civilization, Maybe.” (Part 3)

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“Words don’t have meaning, people have meaning…?” (or, “This Last, Dim, Weird Battle of the West” or, “The End of Civilization, Maybe.” (Part 3) By Mark Williams, Ph.D Professor of Rhetoric, California State University, Sacramento (from the regular Column: “Meaningful-Faith: Words, the Word, and a Life of Substance”) We’ve recently been reflecting on Stultus, an alias for a real student …

Bridging the Racial Divide in Worship Music, A Special Guest Column

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Bridging the Racial Divide in Worship Music – A Special Guest Column  Column No. 1: From Numb Praise to Songs of Lament: Bridging the Racial Divide in Worship Music By John Hatch, Ph.D, and Laura Lee Groves, Ph.D. Column No. 2 (A Response): Christian Music as a Prophetic Voice: A Call to Repentance and Action By Kesha Morant Williams, Ph.D, and Omotayo …

May Your Hypocrisy Increase Tenfold

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May Your Hypocrisy Increase Tenfold Mark Williams, Ph.D. Professor of Rhetoric, California State University, Sacramento (from the regular Column: “Meaningful-Faith: Words, the Word, and a Life of Substance”) Not long ago, I was accused of being a hypocrite. The charge was both accurate and delightful. The charge was accurate because I was failing to live consistently with something I said …

What it Means to Take Ourselves Seriously

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What it Means to Take Ourselves Seriously Mark Williams, Ph.D. Professor of Rhetoric, California State University, Sacramento (from the regular Column: “Meaningful-Faith: Words, the Word, and a Life of Substance”) The problem with having political or social power is that it often leads a person to take himself seriously. And of all the pathetic creatures on this earth, none are …

What Matters

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What Matters Mark Williams, Ph.D. Professor of Rhetoric, California State University, Sacramento (from the regular Column: “Meaningful-Faith: Words, the Word, and a Life of Substance”) Social media has carved the eight minutes and forty-six seconds leading to the tragic death of Mr. George Floyd into an inescapable national monument. Conversations and exchanges of words that do not fit that definition …

Arguing: Its Meaning and Glory

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Arguing: Its Meaning and Glory Mark Williams, Ph.D. Professor of Rhetoric, California State University, Sacramento (from the regular Column: “Meaningful-Faith: Words, the Word, and a Life of Substance”) I realize it is obvious, but we increasingly find ourselves in difficult days (like fish dropped into molasses) where the most obvious things (if we stay here, we will die) need to …

A Confused and Convicted Vicar

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A Confused and Convicted Vicar Tom Carmody, Ph.D., Professor of Communication Studies, Vanguard University Five years ago, my wife and I took our first trip to England. As a newly ordained Anglican transitional deacon I was especially excited to visit the historic “Mother Church” of my denominational tribe. We took the train down from London and arrived in the late …