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 …

Thinkpiece: Increasing Student Involvement in Communication Classes: An Embodied Approach

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Increasing Student Involvement in Communication Classes: An Embodied Approach Laura L. Groves, Ph.D. [email protected] They come; they sit; they seem to simply occupy space. Unfortunately, this is often the case in lower level communication or Gen Ed requirement classes. In classes like this, we long for the spark of engagement. Even in some classes taken by majors and minors, students …

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 …

Zombie Jesus, Nazi Christians, Jacques Derrida, and Morality: Some Easter Reflections

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Zombie Jesus, Nazi Christians, Jacques Derrida, and Morality: Some Easter Reflections (from the regular Column: “Meaningful-Faith: Words, the Word, and a Life of Substance”) Mark Williams, Ph.D. Professor of Rhetoric, California State University, Sacramento In my church, Easter is a season celebrating the bodily resurrection of Jesus and it lasts fifty days. On the internet, Easter is a season of …

Christians: Sending out an S.O.S – The Case of Jim Bakker

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Christians: Sending out an S.O.S Brandon Knight, Ph.D. Asst. Professor of Communication William Carey University In the earliest days of quarantine, I found myself scouring media and listening to medical experts, hoping to discover what would be an answer to the elusive question of our odd circumstance. Or, if I am being honest, I was looking for an emotional cure-all—something …

Doing Religion Online in a Time of Pandemic 

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Presenter and Affiliation: Heidi Campbell, Professor of Communication & Presidential Impact Fellow Texas A&M University Date and Time: May 20, 4-5 pm EST. Description: This webinar will explore the challenges and opportunities experienced by churches during the current global COVID-19 pandemic. Discussion will be focused around themes and questions raised in a new eBook entitled, “The Distanced Church: Reflections on …

New Book, An Essential Guide to Public Speaking, 2nd edition, Quentin Schultze

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NEW EDITION: An Essential Guide to Public Speaking: Serving Your Audience with Faith, Skill, and Virtue, 2nd ed. This greatly expanded edition of Quin Schultze’s public speaking book for Christian universities just came out with many instructor resources, including: * quizzes and test questions * PowerPoint slide decks * student speech videos * classroom and online activities * chapter-by-chapter video …

New Book, The Distanced Church: Reflections on Doing Church Online

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Announcing the online publication of “The Distanced Church: Reflections on Doing Church Online.” This eBook experiment creates an accessible international dialogue between church leaders, theologians, and media scholars. The Distanced Church is a collection of 30 essays exploring the challenges and opportunities created by the current global COVID-19 pandemic for religious groups, and churches having to move from offline to …