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Upcoming Webinar, C. S. Lewis and the Craft of Communication, by Steven A. Beebe

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Presenter and Affiliation: Steven A. Beebe, Ph.D., Regents’ and University Distinguished Professor Emeritus, Texas State University Date and Time: Wednesday, Feb. 24, 6-7 pm EST Description: C. S. Lewis, based on the popularity of his books and essays, is hailed as one of the best Christian communicators of the twentieth century. This presentation describes what Lewis did that made him …

Article: Inspiring Consensus in Community: The Faith and Hope in Proximate Speech, by Joel Ward

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Inspiring Consensus in Community: The Faith and Hope in Proximate Speech Joel S. Ward, Ph.D. Assistant Professor, Communication, Geneva College Abstract: The outlook for our current age seems bleak. We respond by conjuring up thin hopes since this appears to stabilize and sustain human communities. Genuine hope comes from its companion faith, the inner assurance of good things promised. In Romans …

CCSN Syllabus Bank, 2021

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The Syllabus Bank was posted recently for CCSN members! If you click on the syllabus links below and you are not logged in as a member, then the content will be restricted. To join the CCSN as a member you must first submit our brief membership application. Go to www.theccsn.com and click “Join the Network.” Membership is free and provides …

“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 …

Article: “Teaching Peace as Christian Witness,” by Gerald Mast

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Teaching Peace as Christian Witness Gerald J. Mast, Ph.D. Professor of Communication Bluffton University Abstract: The peace of Jesus Christ is both a spiritual and a cosmic reality to which Christian educators may bear witness not only in their life and example, but also in their scholarship and teaching. If the life and teachings of Jesus Christ make visible a …

Book Announcement, “Women’s Voices of Duty and Destiny Religious Speeches Transcending Gender,” by Elizabeth W. McLaughlin

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Women’s Voices of Duty and Destiny: Religious Speeches Transcending Gender (Peter Lang, 2018) Elizabeth McLaughlin, Ph.D., Professor of Communication Bethel University (From the publisher’s website): This book collection is a celebration of women who speak truth to power in the public square. A perfect fit for undergraduate students of rhetoric, gender, religion and history, Women’s Voices of Duty and Destiny showcases …

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 …

ICYMI, Webinar, Nonviolent Word: Communication with the Grain of the Universe

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Presenters and Affiliation: Gerald J. Mast, Ph.D., (Professor of Communication), and J. Denny Weaver, Ph.D., (Professor Emeritus of Religion) Bluffton University. Date and time: Thursday, November 19, 2020, 5-6 EST Description: Working from an Anabaptist perspective on how the Word of God functions in the Bible and in the cosmos, Weaver and Mast will explore the implications of their hypothesis …

Upcoming Webinar, “Winsome Conviction: Politics. Diversity. Immigration. COVID-19,” with Tim Muehlhoff and Rick Langer

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Presenters: Tim Muehlhoff, Ph.D., and Rick Langer, Ph.D., Biola University Date/Time: Tuesday, January 19, 6-7 pm EST Description: In today’s polarized context, Christians often have committed, biblical rationales for very different positions. How can we navigate disagreements with civility, compassion, and perspective-taking? Join Tim Muehlhoff and Rick Langer as they provide insight from conflict theory and church history on how …

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 …

Article: “Faith and the God-Problem in Media Studies,” by Paul A. Creasman

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“Faith and the God-Problem in Media Studies” Paul A. Creasman, Ph.D. Arizona Christian University Abstract: This essay proposes new directions for research into the intersection of Christian communication and media studies. Starting with Schultze’s “God Problem” I show how much research into religion and media limits itself to audience surveys and general histories, or ignores questions of faith and media …