Ecumenica: a Journal of Theatre and Performance invites submission of scholarship

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Ecumenica: a Journal of Theatre and Performance invites the submission of scholarship on theatre, performance, religious practice, and spirituality. Ecumenica seeks innovative scholarship. The journal holds terms such as theatre, performance, and religion to be broad, inclusive categories, and welcomes work that deals with dramatic literature, dance, film, performance art, ritual, pilgrimage, meditation, theology, and other topics that reimagine what …

New blog post, Part 2, Analogies: Cultivating a “Thick” Strategy for Thinking Christianly about Communication, Dr. Naaman Wood

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Check out Dr. Naaman Woods’ latest blog post on integrating Christianity and communication studies. Analogies: Cultivating a “Thick” Strategy for Thinking Christianly about Communication (Part 2) Part 1 is here: https://www.theccsn.com/analogies-cultivating-a-thick-strategy-for-thinking-christianly-about-communication-part-1/ Stay tuned for part 3. . .coming soon. Peace, Robert

New Faith Integration Communication Blog

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The Christianity and Communication Studies Network (www.theccsn.com) announces the launch of its Faith Integration blog in communication studies. Our first guest blogger is Dr. Naaman Wood, Redeemer University College. You can read his first blog, “Analogies: Cultivating a ‘thick’ strategy for integrating faith and learning.” Description: For many of us, integrating our faith with communication studies means thinking in terms of the …

Call for Papers, NCA/RCA 2016: Rhetoric, Religion, and Social Justice, Steven Tramel Gaines

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I hope to submit a paper session proposal to the Religious Communication Association for the National Communication Association convention to be held November 10-13 in Philadelphia or the RCA conference to be held November 9, also in Philadelphia. The session’s theme is rhetoric, religion, and social justice. Possible topics include but are not limited to social justice rhetoric in religious …

NCA 2015: CCSN Presence

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Dr. Robert Woods made his rounds at NCA networking with Christian scholars, Religious Communication Association, and various publishers. A persistent advocate for faith-integrated research, teaching, and service, Dr. Woods introduced the CCSN to many at the 2015 NCA meeting in Las Vegas.  

New book by Os Guinness: Fool’s Talk: Recovering the Art of Christian Persuasion

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From Amazon: In our post-Christian context, public life has become markedly more secular and private life infinitely more diverse. Yet many Christians still rely on cookie-cutter approaches to evangelism and apologetics. Most of these methods assume that people are open, interested and needy for spiritual insight when increasingly most people are not. Our urgent need, then, is the capacity to …

New Book: The Things of Earth: Treasuring God by Enjoying His Gifts, by Joe Rigney

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This book extends and applies Piper’s Christian Hedonism to the everyday life of the believer, including engagement with culture. Rigney, who studied Speech Communication at Texas A&M University and is now Assistant Professor of Theology and Christian Worldview at Bethlehem College and Seminary, argues that creation and culture were intended by God to provide pleasure to Christians and that with …

New Book: Christian Metal: History, Ideology, Scene, by Marcus Moberg

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From Amazon: Christian Metal: History, Ideology, Scene is the first full exploration of the phenomenon of Christian metal music, its history, main characteristics, development, diversification, and key ideological traits from its formative years in the early 1980s to the present day. Marcus Moberg situates it in a wider international evangelical cultural environment, accounts for its diffusion on a transnational scale, …

New Book: Martin Luther King, Jr., and the Theology of Resistance, by Rufus Burrow

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Culled from Amazon: The author explores King’s chief ideas and social-ethical practice: his concept of a moral universe; his doctrine of human dignity; his belief that not all suffering is redemptive; his brand of personalism; his contribution to the development of social ethics; the inclusion of young people in the movement; sexism as a contradiction to his personalism; the problem …