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A Rhetoric of Love | Part 2


Series: Following Jesus

Category: podcast

Speaker: Andrew VanderMaas

On this episode of Following Jesus with Christ Church pastors Andrew & Addison talk with Lisa Vander Maas and Lindsay Williams. Lisa, wife to Andrew, and Lindsay have been involved with teaching for many years. Through their teaching they have engaged with rhetoric, or thoughtful, reasoned and clear talk.

Quotes from the show:

"Each generation of the church in each setting has the responsibility of communicating the gospel in understandable terms, considering the language and thought forms of that setting." ~ Francis Schaeffer, Escape from Reason

Scriptures from the show:

“[1] If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. [2] And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. [3] If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing.

[4] Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it his not arrogant [5] or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; [6] it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. [7] Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things." ~ 1 Corinthians 13:1-7

"[8] Finally, all of you, have unity of mind, sympathy, brotherly love, a tender heart, and a humble mind. [9] Do not repay evil for evil or reviling for reviling, but on the contrary, bless, for to this you were called, that you may obtain a blessing. [10] For
“Whoever desires to love life
and see good days,
[11] let him keep his tongue from evil and his lips from speaking deceit; let him turn away from evil and do good;
let him seek peace and pursue it.” ~ 1 Peter 3:8-11


  • For a list and description of rhetorical fallacies and tendencies you can look here.
  • On classical rhetoric: The Liberal Arts Tradition: a Philosophy of Christian Classical Education by Kevin Clark and Ravi Scott Jain is an introduction to classical liberal arts education which includes learning about rhetoric.
  • On the art of rhetoric: If you are interested in an accessible resource to learn about rhetoric,Lindsay recommends this series of blogs on Rhetoric 101.
  • A common reference throughout the show A Rhetoric of Love by Douglas M. Jones reimagines rhetoric from a Christian perspective and casts a new vision of a Christian Rhetoric of Love versus a Rhetoric of Dominion. 
  • More resources from Christ Church COVID-19 Response page.

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