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 …

“Words don’t have meaning, people have meaning…?” (or, “This Last, Dim, Weird Battle of the West” or, “The End of Civilization, Maybe.” (Part 4)

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“This last, dim, weird battle of the West” or, The End of Civilization, Maybe. (Part 4) 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”) After the breaking and entering of the US Capitol Building, the Senate chaplain, in the early morning hours after the …

ICYMI, Podcast on Kindness, Part 2, with Paul Patton on “Soul Stirrings”

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This is my second podcast on the fifth “Fruit of the Spirit,” Kindness. In my first podcast on kindness, I considered how every unkind act or unkind word is a momentary forgetting of the kindness of God. In this podcast, I want to emphasize that the Apostle Paul preached, essentially, that kindness was the first characteristic of God that he …

Column: “Forgetting what it Means to Remember,” by Mark Williams

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Forgetting what it Means to Remember 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”) Memory is a tricky thing, and we have forgotten what it means to remember—or to forget. In Dante’s superb adventure story, the hero completes his trials and difficulties. In hell …