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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, Dec. 15, 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 …

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 …

Devotional: Keeping Our Distance

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Keeping Our Distance* Bill Strom, Ph.D. Trinity Western University “Take special note of anyone who does not obey our instruction in this letter. Do not associate with them, in order that they may feel ashamed. Yet do not regard them as an enemy, but warn them as you would a fellow believer.” – 2 Thessalonians 3:14-15 These last months, the …

New Book, C. S. Lewis and the Craft of Communication, by Steven Beebe

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C. S. Lewis and the Craft of Communication (Peter Lang, 2020) By Steven A. Beebe, Ph.D. Description C. S. Lewis, based on the popularity of his books and essays, is one of the best communicators of the twentieth century. During his lifetime he was hailed for his talents as author, speaker, educator, and broadcaster; he continues to be a best-selling …