Conversations, VOLUME 11

Vital Conversations – Podcast Roundup – July 19

Five New Must-Listen Podcast Episodes!!!
Grace Ji-Sun Kim, John Philip Newell,
The World of Used Books, MORE


These podcasts can be downloaded from the iTunes store
or from the links below.


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[easyazon_image align=”left” height=”250″ identifier=”B07DHYXGS4″ locale=”US” src=”” tag=”douloschristo-20″ width=”150″]Grace Ji-Sun Kim (one of ourTop 10 Women Theologians You Should Be Reading) was recently talking about her new book[easyazon_link identifier=”B07DHYXGS4″ locale=”US” tag=”douloschristo-20″]The Homebrewed Christianity Guide to the Holy Spirit [/easyazon_link] on the Homebrewed Christianity Podcast.  Grace and host Tripp Fuller talk about why we need a book about the Holy Spirit, how it is an often neglected aspect of God, her work not just in academia, but as an activist, the need for more professors to get out of the classroom, and the role of the Spirit in activism. Grace explains a little about the foundations of the doctrine of the Holy Spirit, how the early church struggled to understand the Spirit, the presence of the Spirit in the Hebrew Bible and early Judaism, the role of the Spirit in the New Testament, the fear mainline denominations have concerning the Spirit, the experience of the Spirit in our current multicultural context, the limits of language in describing the Spirit, and embodied experiences of the Spirit.


Book Riot’s Annotated podcast recently featured a fascinating episode on the current state of the world of used bookselling. Last month, a large used book collection and distribution company suddenly went out of business, leaving a hole in the local used book ecosystem. In this episode, we follow that story into the modern world of used book-selling.



[easyazon_image align=”left” height=”250″ identifier=”083084483X” locale=”US” src=”” tag=”douloschristo-20″ width=”167″]Alan Noble’s new book [easyazon_link identifier=”083084483X” locale=”US” tag=”douloschristo-20″]Disruptive Witness: Speaking Truth in a Distracted Age[/easyazon_link] is one of our best new theology books of July 2018. Alan was recently on the FORMA podcast talking about the book and its implications for education. Conversation touches on Alan’s experiences in the homeschooling world, the reasons he wrote the book, the challenges of teaching and raising kids in an age like ours, and much, much more.



[easyazon_image align=”left” height=”250″ identifier=”B073P5D4WQ” locale=”US” src=”” tag=”douloschristo-20″ width=”162″] Krista Tippett, the host of On Being, has a new episode featuring her conversation with the Mexican-American novelist Luis Alberto Urrea.

Urrea says that a deep truth of our time is that “we miss each other.” We have this drive to erect barriers between ourselves and yet this makes us a little crazy. He is singularly wise about the deep meaning and the problem of borders. The Mexican-American border, as he likes to say, ran straight through his parents’ Mexican-American marriage and divorce. His works of fiction and non-fiction confuse every dehumanizing caricature of Mexicans — and of U.S. border guards. The possibility of our time, as he lives and witnesses with his writing, is to evolve the old melting pot to the 21st-century richness of “us” — with all the mess and necessary humor required.



[easyazon_image align=”left” height=”250″ identifier=”1683364198″ locale=”US” src=”” tag=”douloschristo-20″ width=”167″]And finally, on the Nomad podcast, the hosts talk with theologian John Philip Newell about his controversial book [easyazon_link identifier=”1683364198″ locale=”US” tag=”douloschristo-20″]The Rebirthing of God: Christianity’s Struggle for New Beginnings[/easyazon_link].

Christianity in the West is collapsing. Poet, peacemaker and scholar John Philip Newellbelieves we can either deny it’s happening, try to shore up the foundations of the old thing, or we can radically reorientate our vision and ask what new thing is trying to be born. So we ask John Philip what this new thing is that is trying to emerge from deep within us and from deep within the collective soul of Christianity.



IMAGE CREDIT: Bruce Marold – Grace Ji-Sun Kim, Creative Commons License via Wikimedia Commons.

C. Christopher Smith is the founding editor of The Englewood Review of Books. He is also author of a number of books, including most recently How the Body of Christ Talks: Recovering the Practice of Conversation in the Church (Brazos Press, 2019). Connect with him online at:

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