Conversational Bodies.

 With the new year, I have dived head-first into a new book project on initiating and sustaining practices of conversation in our churches. My goal is to have a solid draft of the full manuscript by the end of the year. Occasionally, I will use this blog as a sketchpad to write early drafts of ideas and stories that may (or may not) find their way into the book. Watch for the book in 2018 from Brazos Press. [ Chris Smith] To be created in the image of the triune God is to exist as a conversation. God, as trinity, exists as three “persons” in an eternal conversation with o … [Read more...]

A Question for Phyllis Tickle.

I have been at the Emergence Christianity gathering in Memphis for the last day and a half.  The focus of this conference is celebrating the life and work of Phyllis Tickle.  It's been delightful to hear Phyllis speak, after praying the Divine Hours for over a decade and reading many of her other books.Phyllis gave two lengthy talks -- both astoundingly without any notes at all! -- that gave shape to a historical narrative for emergence Christianity.  The basic thrust of this history was that there have been major cultural upheavals every 500 years, which coincided with major transitions in … [Read more...]