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10 thoughts on “Communicating for Life: Christian Stewardship in Community and Media

  1. says:

    Great and Timely ReadAs I reflect on the way I ve seen communication between others degrade into uncivil and illogical realms, I realize that this book is a must read for us all Life is muchrewarding when we treat others as we want to be treated.


  2. says:

    did this have some academic merit probably.did i enjoy any aspect of reading this heck no.


  3. says:

    At the very end of his book, Schultze writes, Our call to Christian discipleship is rooted in the person of Jesus Christ, not merely in noble theories and effective methods In contrast to perspectives such as the magic bullet theory of the early days of mass media, I found Schultze s thoroughly Christian worldview refreshing We need to understand that communication is farthan a machine or set of theories It is a dynamic and ever changing nurturing of relationships among God s creatu At the very end of his book, Schultze writes, Our call to Christian discipleship is rooted in the person of Jesus Christ, not merely in noble theories and effective methods In contrast to perspectives such as the magic bullet theory of the early days of mass media, I found Schultze s thoroughly Christian worldview refreshing We need to understand that communication is farthan a machine or set of theories It is a dynamic and ever changing nurturing of relationships among God s creatures, and it must be treated as such We serve a God who communicates, and we in turn must strive to be faithful communicators Schultze uses the term shalom in Communicating for Life to an almost disgusting extent Yes, we are to strive for peace with God and with our neighbors We are to look forward to the new heavens and the new earth where shalom will be a permanent reality But does every aspect of communication serve as a foretaste of shalom Is the Christian life nothingthan a call to communicate for peace and mutual understanding Does following Jesus mean simply uttering a passionate love song for all of creation 173 Or is it something fuller and richer Communicating as followers of Christ means sharing and showing the truth and relevance of the gospel in all areas of life the gravity of our sin, the existence of a Mediator who makes intercession for us, and the call to repent and follow him While this is a love song of sorts, it far surpasses a sentimental expression of God s benevolence toward the entire cosmos For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart Heb 4 12.As Schultze says, let us put Jesus above all other teachers, and the gospel above all other stories 167 But let that gospel of redemption, sanctification, and glorification, not some vague notion of cultural shalom, be our focus


  4. says:

    While the book can veer off into the platitudinal, especially towards the end, several great points are made that help flesh out the idea of a Christian philosophy of communication I wish I could give it a 3.5 worth a look.


  5. says:

    Schultze truly brings a Christian world view to the very broad field of communications and makes us realize how everything we do or don t do is a reflection of our faith A great quote All the laws of the land combined will not equip us to make ethical judgements We need grace too 147.


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Communicating for Life: Christian Stewardship in Community and Media We Are Responsible For How We Communicate, For What We Communicate, And For How Our Communication Affects Others In This Discerning Introduction To Communication Theory, Quentin Schultze Guides Readers Through An Interesting, Creative, And Spiritual Study Of Communication Rooted In A Christian Worldview, Communicating For Life Explores The Implications Of Individual Human Communication And The Influence Of Communication On Community.

  • Paperback
  • 192 pages
  • Communicating for Life: Christian Stewardship in Community and Media
  • Quentin J. Schultze
  • English
  • 09 June 2017
  • 0801022371

About the Author: Quentin J. Schultze

Quentin J Schultze PhD, University of Illinois is Arthur H DeKruyter Chair and professor of communication arts and sciences at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan He is also distinguished professor at Spring Arbor University Schultze has been quoted in major media including the Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, US News World Report, the New York Times, Fortune, the Chicago Tribune, and USA Today He has been interviewed by CNN, CBS, NBC, ABC, and NPR and is the author of many books including An Essential Guide to Public Speaking.