Individual Author Record
Name: Peter Allan VerkruysePen Name: None Genre: Non-Fiction Born: 1959 in Kewanee, IL Sites:
Illinois ConnectionI was born and raised in Kewanee, Illinois. I currently reside in Jacksonville, Illinois.
Biographical and Professional InformationI received a B.A. in Christian Ministries from Lincoln Christian College in 1982, an M.A. in Preaching (1987) and M.Div. in New Testament (1988) from Lincoln Christian Seminary, and an M.A. (1990) and Ph.D. (1995) in Speech Communication with specializations in the history of rhetoric, rhetorical theory, and rhetorical criticism from the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign. I have served on the faculties of Kentucky Christian University (1994-2000), Illinois College (2000-2009) and Lincoln Christian University (current).
Titles At Your Library
Prophet, Pastor, and Patriarch: The Rhetorical Leadership of Alexander Campbell
ISBN: 0817314776 University Alabama Press. 2005
A study of the role of rhetoric in the exercise of leadership within a community of faith.
This book examines the rhetorical strategies employed by Alexander Campbell, a key figure in the “Stone-Campbell” or Restoration movement, which eventually comprised one of the largest religious sects in 19th century America and gave rise to three major contemporary church groups: The Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), the Churches of Christ, and the independent Christian Churches and Churches of Christ. Campbell was the dominant voice in this movement for four decades.
Peter Verkruyse studies Campbell’s sermons, lectures, debates, letters, and journals to discover the extent to which Campbell’s leadership depended upon his discursive practices. Through close readings, Verkruyse finds that a significant reason for the breadth and duration of Campbell’s influence was his keen sense of the demands of rhetorical situations. As his movement evolved over time, Campbell faced radically different rhetorical circumstances, and his ability to adapt his rhetoric to the exigencies and constraints of these situations generated for him an evolving leadership ethos--first as prophet, then as pastor, and finally as patriarch.
Fundamentally a study of religious rhetoric as a tool of leadership, this work also makes an important contribution to the canon of 19th century American religious history.
Building Blocks for Bible Study: Laying a Foundation for Life
ISBN: 0899007953 College Press Publishing Company, Inc.. 1997 This book is a must buy for any new pupil of the Bible. It teaches how to thoroughly analyze a passage of Scripture through study of background, context, grammer, and word choice (diction). The book also addresses Biblical tools, such as Bible atlases, dictionaries, concordances, and commentaries. This is an excellent book for anyone, especially those who are just beginning to learn the truths of God's word. This book would also serve as an excellent text for a quarterly sunday school class.
Hebrews (The College Press Niv Commentary)
ISBN: 089900637X College Press Publishing Company, Inc.. 1997 Hebrews (The College Press Niv Commentary)