Conversations, VOLUME 11

Vital Conversations – Podcast Roundup – November 15

Five New Must-Listen Podcast Episodes!!!
C. Christopher Smith, Patrice Gopo, David Fitch,
Ashley Hales, 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=”1587434113″ locale=”US” src=”” tag=”douloschristo-20″ width=”162″]In anticipation of his Spring 2019 book, [easyazon_link identifier=”1587434113″ locale=”US” tag=”douloschristo-20″]How the Body of Christ Talks: Recovering the Practice of Conversation in the Church[/easyazon_link], ERB Editor C. Christopher Smith was recently a guest on Christ and Pop Culture’s  Persuasion podcast, as part of their “Talking About Talk” series.The conversation addresses the ways our current church talk is devoid of power because it isn’t viewed as connecting the interdependent parts of one body. How can Christians grow in their conversational skill to relate matters of faith with grace and in truth? Is there hope for a new era that takes pleasure in the art of conversation? What changes must we embrace to see the church take on the role of healer in our relationships and in our society? The whole “Talking About Talk” series is worth listening to!




BookRiot’s Annotated podcast recently tackled the question: Is reading endangered? People don’t read as much as they used to. At least that’s what people say. But is it true? And if they are reading less, why does it matter? Or does it matter? And the internet is bad for reading right? These questions and more in this episode, which also features MaryAnn Wolf’s new book Reader, Come Home: The Reading Brain in a Digital World.




[easyazon_image align=”left” height=”250″ identifier=”0785216480″ locale=”US” src=”” tag=”douloschristo-20″ width=”164″]On Ann Kroeker’s writing podcast, she recently interviewed Patrice Gopo, author of the recent book, [easyazon_link identifier=”0785216480″ locale=”US” tag=”douloschristo-20″]All the Colors We Will See: Reflections on Barriers, Brokenness, and Finding Our Way[/easyazon_link].They discussed Patrice’s work as an essayist and making meaning on the page. She gives us an inside look at her writing process, including several techniques she’s used study the craft of writing as well as the importance of feedback.



[easyazon_image align=”left” height=”250″ identifier=”0830845453″ locale=”US” src=”” tag=”douloschristo-20″ width=”167″]Casey Tygrett, host of the OtherWise podcast, interviews Ashley Hales, author of the new book, [easyazon_link identifier=”0830845453″ locale=”US” tag=”douloschristo-20″]Finding Holy in the Suburbs: Living Faithfully in the Land of Too Much[/easyazon_link]. Ashley Hales holds a PhD in English from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. She’s a writer, speaker, the wife to a church planter in the southern California suburbs and mother to 4. Hales asks: What does it look like to live a full Christian life in the suburbs? Suburbs reflect our good, God-given desire for a place to call home. And suburbs also reflect our own brokenness. Her book is an invitation to look deeply into your soul as a suburbanite and discover what it means to live holy there.



[easyazon_image align=”left” height=”250″ identifier=”083084127X” locale=”US” src=”” tag=”douloschristo-20″ width=”167″]On Missio Alliance’s Theology on Mission podcast, David Fitch and Mike Moore talk about voting. Although Election Day has passed since this episode originally was posted, this conversation will continue to be an important one in our democratic society. They ask: Should Christians vote? Is this even a question Christians should be asking? Does it reek of privilege and entitlement? Fitch and Moore discuss if/how Christians should vote in the upcoming election. Fitch does an average Hauerwas impression and examines how our culture means we now “vote for commercials, not people.”



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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