Becoming Conversational #1 – Open Existing Meetings for Conversation

The Virtue of Dialogue - C. Christopher Smith

My ebook The Virtue of Dialogue: Conversation as a Hopeful Practice of Church Communities was released last week by Patheos Press, and in it, I argue that open conversation is essential for the health and flourishing of church communities and the places they inhabit.Over the next two weeks, I will be running a 10-part series that I am calling "Becoming Conversational" in which I offer suggestions for how churches might enrich the conversational life of their church communities.  (Some of these ideas have been adapted from my earlier ebook, Growing Deeper in Our Church Communities, which is … [Read more...]

New Ebook – The Virtue of Dialogue

The Virtue of Dialogue - C. Christopher Smith

Chris has has a new little ebook that is now available from Patheos Press:The Virtue of Dialogue: Conversation as a Hopeful Practice of Church Communities. ebook narrates Englewood Christian Church's practice of conversation, how we -- a failed megachurch -- stumbled in the practice of conversation 15 years ago, and how it has transformed us and continues to transform us. A strong case is made that open, conversation is an essential and timely practice for all churches.Conversation -- and particularly dinner table conversation -- is … [Read more...]

More on the Drama of Scripture…

Thanks to everyone who added their thoughts to my post on Wednesday.  They have been immensely helpful in thinking about the drama of creation.  A particular thanks to Wes Vander Lugt, who pointed me to the following two books, which I have been devouring over the last couple of days, and finding very helpful.  I'm posting excerpts here, so that you might enjoy them as well...Improvisation: The Drama of Christian Ethics. Sam Wells. Brazos Press, 2004.*** CLICK HERE to read an excerpt from this book on Google BooksThe Drama of Doctrine. Kevin Vanhoozer. WJK Books, 2005. … [Read more...]

The Nature of the Scriptural Story (A Request)

Director's Chair

I'm currently working on a chapter of the Slow Church book on the scriptural story and why we believe that slowness is woven into the very fabric of this story.So, I've been trying to find an image that is helpful in talking about the nature of the scriptural story and how God and humanity interact together.  Here's the  basic image that I've stumbled upon.  (I know it's not completely original, drawing on sources like Bartholomew/Goheen's The Drama of Scripture and Lesslie Newbigin's work.) Creation is a grand drama, of which God is the playwright and director.  One of the distinctive thi … [Read more...]

Peace to You on Christmas Eve!

Okay, so it's becoming obvious to me that the last Advent reflection isn't going to happen today.  We're on vacation and too much other good stuff going on... The lectionary text for today is James 1 and has some important to say about Slow Church and the birth of Jesus, so I'll probably write today's reflection up next week... (How's that for Slow?  ;-)I will be posting highlights from the Advent series on to our Twitter and Facebook pages today, so be sure to check those out...Merry Christmas to you and yours!!! … [Read more...]

[Daily Advent Reflection] Setting our Course Toward Bethlehem.

View of Bethlehem

Setting our Course Toward Bethlehem. Daily Advent Reflection. Kyle Mobley. Romans 13:11-14. Friday, December 23, 2011. It might not be The prettiest thing that you'll ever see But it's a new day, oh baby it's a new day And it might not look like A beautiful sunrise But it's a new day, oh baby, it's a new day. -- Robbie Seay Band, "New Day" Listen: [ YouTube ] These daily Slow Church Advent Reflections are based on the Daily Readings of the Revised Common Lectionary (Year B). We love for you to read and reflect along with us! To keep up with this daily Advent … [Read more...]

[ Daily Advent Reflection ] The Gospel According to Zephaniah (and Tom Waits)


The Gospel According to Zephaniah (and Tom Waits) Daily Advent Reflection. Debra Dean Murphy. Zephaniah 3:8-13. Thursday, December 22, 2011“On that day you shall not be put to shame because of all the deeds by which you have           rebelled against me” - Zeph. 3:11“There’s no eye for an eye, there’s no tooth for a tooth. I saw Judas Iscariot carrying John Wilkes Booth.” - Tom Waits, “Down There by the Train” Listen: [ Youtube ] [ Spotify ] These daily Slow Church Advent Reflections are based on the Daily Readings of the Revised Common Lectionary (Year B). We lov … [Read more...]