Following Christ in a World of Distractions (RIP, Ray Bradbury).

Ray_Bradbury_(1975)

As you probably have heard by now, Ray Bradbury, author of Fahrenheit 451 and other novels passed away yesterday. (NY TIMES obit)My friend Chase Roden, sent me the following reflection this morning, which I share here, since a key part of what we are calling Slow Church is vigilance and attentiveness to discerning together what is faithfulness and what is distraction.  Thank you, Chase. And R.I.P., Ray BradburyRay Bradbury died on Tuesday. I loved his books as a kid and never really returned to them after high school, but there's one scene -- from Fahrenheit 451 -- that has … [Read more...]

Reading for Conversation.

Bibliothek_St._Florian

John and I agree that the practice of reading is essential to our understanding of Slow Church. Indeed, it was a mutual love of books that connected us in the first place.  In the age of talking heads, the soundbite and the two-minute YouTube video, reading is a practice that can be useful for slowing churches down and guiding us into meaningful conversations.  Here at Englewood Christian Church, we are blessed to have many people who are deeply committed to the practice of reading, which continually energizes our on-going Sunday night conversation (I have told the story of this a … [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. http://amzn.to/virtueofdialogueThis 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...]

On the Origins of Books

Gilead and Home

Sometimes when I'm reading a good book, I come to a particular sentence or phrase that seems to have around it an aura of origin-ality. I can't help but wonder if this line might have sparked the creative fire that ended up as the book in my hands. I'm struggling this morning to come up with an example from my recent reading. But I can give a ridiculous example from my own writing life. … [Read more...]

Sunday Book Review: The King Jesus Gospel

A key part of Slow Church is the recovery of what has been lost in the Christian faith through the reductions and shortcuts of modernity.  Scot McKnight does just this in his newest book with regard to the Gospel and evangelism.This review originally appeared in The Englewood Review of Books… “Recovering What Has Been Lost in the Industrialization of Christianity” A review of The King Jesus Gospel: The Original Good News Revisited by Scot McKnight. Review by Chris Smith. The King Jesus Gospel: The Original Good News Revisited Scot McKnight. Hardback: Zondervan, 2011. … [Read more...]

Sunday Book Review: ADVENT CONSPIRACY

What better book could there be to recommend on the first Sunday of Advent?  For more on what the Advent Conspiracy is, see John's recent post here, Plotting an Advent Conspiracy.  You might also be interested in this video with one of the AC instigators Chris Seay, talking about slowing our pace during the holidays.This review originally appeared in The Englewood Review of Books... “To Honor the Incarnation” A Review of Advent Conspiracy: Can Christmas Still Change the World? By Rick McKinley, Chris Seay and Greg Holder. Reviewed by Chris Smith. [ Read an Excerpt from … [Read more...]


CLOSE | X

HIDE | X