Archives For Chris Smith


This is a running list of the books that ERB editor Chris Smith has reviewed this year.

It will regularly be updated.

Some reviews linked here are snippets / adaptations of longer reviews that have appeared in the print ERB magazine or other publications…



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(Starting with the most recent)

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Race & Place

David Leong


How Racism Saturates the
Structures of our Daily Lives

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Way back in June, at the Wild Goose Festival, Intervarsity Press filmed a video segment with myself and Tim Soerens, talking about our new books, and how they reinforce each other:

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Chris Smith and John Pattison

[ ERB Review  Buy now:  [ Amazon ]  [ Kindle ]

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Tim Soerens, Paul Sparks and Dwight Friesen

[ ERB Review ]   Buy now:  [ Amazon ]  [ Kindle ]


Tim and I had a lot of fun filming this video, and we are delighted to share it with you here…

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Unpredictable Path of God.

A Feature Review of

Slow Church: Cultivating Community in the Patient Way of Jesus

John Pattison and C. Christopher Smith

Paperback:  IVP Books, 2014
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Reviewed by John Nugent


Churches in America have long suffered from success syndrome. We want to attract people, grow steadily, and make genuine disciples. We don’t want any of this to happen in isolation. We want the wider community to know that we exist and to appreciate what we do. We want to be dynamic, visible, newsworthy, sticky, like-worthy, tweet-worthy, pin-worthy, praiseworthy—in a word, significant. We also aspire to more noble aims, like helping individuals leave behind the seductive sin that destroys lives and populating our communities with healthier homes, thriving businesses, and active non-profits. It would also be great if we could serve on the frontline of disaster relief, end poverty, shelter the homeless, educate every child, beautify every park, furnish clean water for every village, sponsor every malnourished child, forge legislature that promotes the common good, and create social spaces where the uniqueness of each individual can express itself freely and without fear. In short, we want to be all and do all. We want to make the world a better place, and we want to do so in Jesus’ name so as many people as possible may see our good deeds and give glory to God in heaven.

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Mike Bowling

Here is the sixth and final audio recording from the Slow Church Conference that we hosted last month here at Englewood Christian Church.

Previously posted talks from the Slow Church conference:

Our aim for the conference was to foster conversation around the work of several key theologians whose work inspired the [easyazon-link asin=”0830841148″ locale=”us”]Slow Church book[/easyazon-link] that John Pattison and I wrote.

[ Download a FREE sampler of the SLOW CHURCH book here… ]

Mike Bowling is pastor of Englewood Christian Church.
Chris Smith is a member of Englewood Christian Church, and co-author of the SLOW CHURCH book.

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On April 3-5, we will be hosting:

Slow Church Conference

The Slow Church Conference

A conversation curated by Chris Smith and John Pattison,
co-authors of the Slow Church book
(coming June 2014, IVP / Praxis Books)

Registration and More Details:

When: April 3-5, 2014 (Thursday evening through Saturday lunch)
Where: Englewood Christian Church / Indianapolis
Cost:  $99 (Early Bird, through Jan. 31 Feb 7)  / $149 (Feb 8 and later)
NEW: Starting Feb 8, we will be offering a Student Rate of $99!
(Students should use promotion code: STUDENT2014 )
        This price includes 6 locally-sourced meals during the conference

Keynote Speakers Include: Christine Pohl, David Fitch, Phil Kenneson, Carol Johnston
(Plus one other distinguished speaker, who will be announced soon)

We’d love to get your help spreading the word about this special event… (Even if you won’t be able to be here yourself… )

  1. If you plan to participate, register now

  3. Share the link to the conference website with others who might be interested:

  5. Invite Facebook friends who might be interested, using our special FB E-vite.


We really appreciate your help in getting the word out
about the Slow Church Conference!


[easyazon-image align=”none” asin=”0830841148″ locale=”us” height=”333″ src=”” width=”222″ alt=”Slow Church” ]Many of you know that I have been co-writing a book with John Pattison, entitled:

SLOW CHURCH: Cultivating Community in the Patient Way of Jesus.

(IVP / Praxis Books / June 2014)
I haven’t said much about the book here, so thought I would fill you in on a few things.
The book is now available for pre-order (ships after Memorial Day):
[ Amazon  ]    [ Intervarsity Press ]
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Chris SmithIn 2013, we are encouraging our readers to mix up their reading habits, and read (or re-read) classics in addition to new books, such as the ones we review here in the ERB.

Broadly speaking, a classic is any book that is not a new book, or in other words that is worth reading five, ten or even one hundred years after its initial publication. ERB Editor Chris Smith has an article on The Huffington Post website arguing for reading a mix of classics and new books in 2013.

We’ve asked a number of noted writers to pick the classics that they often return to, and we will be running these lists as a weekly feature on our website through 2013.

This week’s post in the series is by ERB Editor, Chris Smith.

Writers on the Classics:
[ #1 – Shane Claiborne ] [ #5 (Last Week) – Ragan Sutterfield ]

Chris Smith is the author of five books, including The Virtue of Dialogue: Conversation as a Hopeful Practice of Church Communities (Patheos Press 2012) . He is currently finalizing the manuscript for a book entitled Slow Church, co-written with John Pattison (forthcoming IVP Books, Late 2013).  John and Chris blog about this new book project on Patheos.

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Paul Sparks, Chris SmithOn Tuesday night September 18, we here at Englewood Christian Church on the Near Eastside of Indianapolis were pleased to host a conversation about churches and neighborhoods facilitated by ERB editor Chris Smith and Paul Sparks of the Parish Collective.

This “Reimagining the Parish” conversation drew a diverse crowd of participants from around central Indiana (A huge thanks to all who attended!)

An overview of the conversation:

1) Chris sketches the Slow Church vision and why Englewood is excited about the work of the Parish Collective

2) Paul overviews the work that he is involved in with the Parish Collective

3) A wide-ranging Q/A conversation on churches, neighborhoods and place.

Please download, listen and freely share this recording as you see fit.
The evening was also video recorded and clips from that video will be available in the near future.




Book Giveaway - The Virtue of Dialogue by Chris SmithOur Latest Book Giveaway…

We’re giving away 5 copies of :

The Virtue of Dialogue: Conversation as a Hopeful Practice of Church Communities.
C. Christopher Smith
(ERB Editor).

Paperback: Englewood Review of Books, 2012.

Patheos has given us permission to do a limited print run of this book, which is available primarily as an ebook for Kindle and Nook.

“This little book could be revolutionary for your own faith community.”
– Scot McKnight


Enter to win a Free copy of this book (It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3!) :

NOTE: You may enter to win once per day as long as the contest is running…
(Additional entries only need to complete steps #2 and #3.)

1) Receive our free weekly online edition via email – or – LIKE our Facebook page (LGT: More info… )

2) Post the following message on your blog, Facebook Page, or on Twitter:

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3) Leave a comment below noting which option you chose for #1 **and** a link to your post for #2 before 12AM ET on Wednesday June 27, 2012.
(Leaving a comment is essential as we will draw the giveaway winners from among the comments left.)


We will draw the winners at random after the Book Giveaway ends, and will notify them within a week.


Last month, ERB editor Chris Smith did an interview that was part of of Steve Knight’s #MissionalChat series…

The interview consisted of two parts, the first an open conversation on Twitter, and the second, a Skype conversation between Steve and myself.

Steve has now released the video of our Skype conversation.

We mainly discuss my new ebook The Virtue of Dialogue: Conversation as a Hopeful Practice of Church Communities, which is available for only $2.99 on the Kindle and Nook platforms.