Archives For Conversation

 

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

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A good book is a conversation, engaging other books and ideas in conversation, and setting the stage for future conversations…

This is the first in a series of posts that explore the conversation into which a particular recent book emerges. 

(Use the comments below to let us know what you think. Is this approach to a book helpful to you?
ALSO, feel free to suggest other books that are vital to this conversation…)

 

Reconstructing the Gospel:
Finding Freedom from Slaveholder Religion

Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove

Hardback: IVP Books, 2018.
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Watch for our review of this book in our May 2018 magazine issue!

 

 

Wading into the Conversation

(Helpful pre-reading)

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Today is the birthday of social critic and media ecologist Neil Postman… 

In his most prominent book Amusing Ourselves to Death (1985), Postman described vividly the crumbling capacity for conversation in American society, a reality that has only expanded in the 30+ years since this book was published.
 

[ Martin Buber on the Virtues of Conversation ]

 

Here are 5 important passages from Amusing Ourselves to Death on the breakdown of conversation…

 

Americans No Longer
Talk to Each Other

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This excellent book released
last month… 

All Things Hold Together in Christ:
A Conversation on Faith, Science, and Virtue

James K.A. Smith /
Michael Gulker, Eds.

Paperback: Baker Academic, 2018
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*** Watch for our review in our
Lent 2018 magazine issue [SUBSCRIPTION INFO]

 

This book was produced as part of the work of the Colossian Forum.
Watch a brief video intro to their important work….

Watch the trailer video for this book:

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One of the most pressing questions among Christians in North America is about the present relevancy of the label “evangelical”… 

 

We’re giving away FIVE copies
of this new book from Intervarsity Press:
 
 

Still Evangelical?:
Insiders Reconsider Political, Social, and Theological Meaning

Contributors include: Shane Claiborne, Karen Swallow Prior, Lisa Sharon Harper, MORE
Mark Labberton, Editor.
Paperback: IVP Books
 
 

Enter to win a copy of this book!

Enter now to win (It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3!) :
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One of this fall’s best new books is:
 

How to Think: A Survival Guide for a World at Odds
Alan Jacobs

Hardback: Currency, 2017
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*** Watch for our review of this book
     in our Advent 2017 magazine issue.
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LISTEN to a brief radio interview
that Alan Jacobs did with Brandon Vogt:

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One of this week’s best new book releases is:

 
Silence: In the Age of Noise
Erling Kagge

Hardback: Pantheon, 2017
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Here’s a great tongue-in-cheek silent interview with the author
(set to the soundtrack of John Cage’s 4:33) :

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One of the best new book releases of this week is:
 

Fear+Less Dialogues: A New Movement for Justice
Gregory Ellison II

Paperback: WJK Books, 2017
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I have started reading this book,
and am finding it very helpful!

 

These brief video clips are a great intro to the book…

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A Timely Meditation
 
A Brief Review of 
 

October 31, 1517:
Martin Luther and the Day that Changed the World

Martin Marty

Hardback: Paraclete Press, 2017
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Reviewed by C. Christopher Smith
 
 
Today marks the 500th anniversary of the date attributed to Martin Luther’s posting of his 95 Theses on the door of the Castle Church Wittenberg. Martin Marty, one of the most distinguished scholars of church history over the last century, has written a powerful and timely meditation on the significance of this event. It is, as James Martin, SJ refers to it in his foreword: “a short book on a big topic written by an expert.”

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Here We Are, Slaves to This Day
 
A Feature Review of

Exile: A Conversation
with N.T. Wright

James M. Scott, Ed.

Hardback: IVP Academic, 2017
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Reviewed by Joseph Johnson

 

At their best, good conversations are lively, wide-ranging, and sometimes even surprising. They push us to consider ideas from new angles and hammer out with fresh clarity why we see things the way we do. It’s not always easy to find these kinds of discussions, but the essays that make up Exile: A Conversation with N.T. Wright demonstrate for the most part what thoughtful scholarly discussion is meant to look like. The contributors are generally successful at avoiding the twin pitfalls of uncritical acceptance and blunt rejection in their responses to N.T. Wright’s influential (and controversial) proposal regarding the notion of ongoing exile as an influential “controlling narrative” for many Second Temple Jews and early Jesus followers (8).

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