Book Review, Speaking to Reconciliation, by John B. Hatch

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Hatch, John B. Speaking to Reconciliation: Voices of Faith Addressing Racial and Cultural Divides (New York: Peter Lang, 2020) 184 pages. Amazon link. Reviewed by Annalee R. Ward, Director of the Wendt Center for Character Education University of Dubuque The powerful film The Apology, by Toronto director Tiffany Hsiung, traces the stories of three women, often called “comfort women,” who …

Book Review, Digital Creatives, by Heidi A. Campbell

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Heidi A. Campbell. Digital Creatives and the Rethinking of Religious Authority. (New York: Routledge, 2021). 236 pages  Reviewed by Zachary Sheldon Doctoral Student, Communication Texas A & M University Early research on the internet included speculations about how this nascent technology might challenge traditional conceptions of authority. This tension was especially felt in religious contexts where authority has long been predicated …

Book Review, Cinematic Faith, by Bill Romanowski

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William D. Romanowski. Cinematic Faith: A Christian Perspective on Movies and Meaning (Baker Academic, 2019). 240 pages. Amazon link. By Adam Sonstroem Assistant Professor, Dept. of Communication Studies Arizona Christian University In the Preface, Romanowski calls his book a “primer for navigating the world of film” from a Christian perspective (p. ix) and considers it a sequel to his earlier …

Guest Column: Aliens, Power, and Humility, or How do we talk to each other? 

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Aliens, Power, and Humility, or How do we talk to each other?  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”) If you have not been following the extraterrestrial news, allow me to bring you up to date. The task won’t take long. The television …

Book Review, Fault Lines, by Voddie Baucham

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Baucham, V. T. Fault lines: The social justice movement and evangelicalism’s looming catastrophe (Washington, DC: Salem Books, 2021). 270 pages. Amazon link. By Brandon Knight, Ph.D. Assistant Professor of Communication William Carey University Due to the recent growth of social justice advocacy, many evangelicals are asking legitimate questions of their leadership such as, “Are current calls for social justice the …

Exploring the Relationship Between Love and the Meaning of Words

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Calling all “Reality Czars” and Other “Minsters of Truth”: Exploring the Relationship Between Love and the Meaning of Words 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”) Politics invites a certain (let’s call it) informal relationship with words. Reagan’s Freedom Fighters, Hillary Clinton’s Basket …

Four recent podcasts on kindness and communication, from Soul Stirrings, with Paul Patton

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Enjoy these four recent podcasts on kindness and communication by Dr. Paul Patton, host of the podcast Soul Stirrings. Soul Stirrings is Dr. Paul Patton’s 5-7 minute attempt to provide clarifying, maybe even inspiring. nuggets of insight about faith, communication, and culture along the journey of our existence. Paul is Professor Emeritus of Communication and Media at Spring Arbor University in …