spiritual rhetoric, verbing, commonplacing, blogging is languishing

I gotta figure out a way to re-boot my blogging.  Sara picked the right verb for it: my blog is languishing, while I facebook every day.

Marjorie wants more commonplace-booking (love these verbalized nouns), so I’ll start with a quote. Maybe the verb should be “commonplacing.”

By affirming the “extraordinary” call of lay men and women to speak for God, John Wesley expanded the set of available rhetors. By teaching that the preacher must love the listeners as well as persuade them, he transformed pathos from an audience appeal to a requirement for speaking, potentially expanding both ethos and the speaker-audience relationship.

— from Vicki Tolar Burton’s conclusion to her Spiritual Literacy in John Wesley’s Methodism: Reading, Writing, and Speaking to Believe (p. 299).

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One thought on “spiritual rhetoric, verbing, commonplacing, blogging is languishing

  1. I like commonplacing as the word for what we do and what we wish we did more of – maybe we can tag onto Vicki’s quote above – the extraordinary call at some moment of every day – something we can tack onto. Listen, share, love the things you notice and the audience you share them with.

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