A Theology of Conversation – A Reading List

April 5, 2018 — Leave a comment


This week, I’ve been revising the theology chapter of my forthcoming book on conversation, HOW THE BODY OF CHRIST TALKS (Brazos Press, 2019), and getting ready for some upcoming events that I will be doing on conversation.


Here’s a list of books that have played a vital role in shaping the theology of my work on conversation.


By ERB Editor C. Christopher Smith



Faithful Presence: Seven Disciplines That Shape the Church for Mission 

David Fitch

One of the central ideas of this book is that God desires to be present with humankind, and similarly that in Christ we are learning to be present with others. Conversation, I maintain, is a practice by which we learn to be present with others, listening and paying attention not only to others in the conversation but to God’s presence with us as we talk together.

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