Virtue in the Wasteland Podcast

The twenty dollar bill. Holocaust memorials. The confederate flag.  How do symbols become important to us as we try to remember and not forget past cultural mistakes?

David Schulz is an expert in communication theory and is currently chair and professor of Communication at Trinity Lutheran College. He formerly served as an assistant professor at California State University, where he taught persuasion and rhetoric courses. He has also taught at Penn State, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and Columbia College. He has published a book, book chapters, several peer reviewed journal articles, and a number of book reviews. He has presented research both nationally and internationally at academic conferences. 

He holds a B.A. in Communications from Western Washington University and an M.A. in Communication Studies from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He earned a Ph.D. from the Pennsylvania State University in Speech Communication. 

David lives on a little lake in Marysville with his wife and two sons.

Direct download: Public_Memory.mp3
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Raleigh Sadler is based in New York city, where he works to fight human trafficking.

As a speaker, his work has taken him to universities and churches across the country speaking on how the Christian faith frees us to explore justice and mercy in our communities. With that said, he believes that the church should be leading the way in the fight against human trafficking. The local church, he says, best fights human trafficking by loving those vulnerable to it. With this message, He has worked with the Price of Life InvitationalNew York City Urban Project, the MNYBA, the New York State Anti-trafficking CoalitionRestore NYCCity Serve, as well as several other justice and mercy organizations. He currently leads the Let My People Go movement, which challenges leaders to  do justice though innovation and collaboration with the Gospel as their motivation. He believes strongly that the world will not see an end to the problem of human trafficking until the local church rises up against it.



Direct download: Human_Trafficking.mp3
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Ted Giese is our go to guy for movies and theology. We chat about the death of doubt in films of late, and several interesting recent releases. We spend a good deal of time on God Is Not Dead 2. 

Apologies for occasional audio glitches that resulted from the Skype feed.

Apologies also for not having time to bleep two mild profanities.

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Direct download: God_and_Movies.mp3
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Jesus movies from start to finish, the good and the bad and the compelling. We spend much of our time on the cultural phenomenon and now direct examination of the controversial film, The Last Temptation of Christ, though we also discuss the Jesus Film, the Life of Brian, and some Jesus musicals.

Rick Ritchie is a thinking fellow at 1517, and has a long history of contributing to outlets like Modern Reformation magazine and online theological platforms.

Direct download: Jesus_Movies.mp3
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