Seeking the Manifold Wisdom of God on Indianapolis' Near-eastside

Lenten Reflection on Isaiah 58.

by csmith - February 25, 2008 - 5:40 pm

[ My friends at Vineyard Central have been reflecting on Isaiah 58, during the season of Lent, so I took their cue and have been doing likewise and these thoughts that have been kicking 'round my head spilled out in words today] For me, the striking thing about Isaiah 58 (and a similar passage, Micah [...]

Soundtrack to the Advent Season.

by csmith - November 29, 2007 - 12:47 pm

A couple of years ago, our dear friends at Vineyard Central recorded a lovely acoustic cd of music for the advent season that has been passed around Englewood for the last few years.  This is not your traditional Christmas music fare…  The project was organized — and most songs sung — by Janet Pressley-Barr, a [...]

News Roundup.

by csmith - September 18, 2007 - 8:40 am

Here are three brief articles of note that have crossed my virtual desktop in the last couple of days:  1) On Sunday the NY Times ran an op-ed piece that, in light of the recent episodes of toxic toys imported from China, questions why we even need 56 varieties of Polly Pocket toys?  This piece [...]

Sabbath, Jubilee and Tithing

by csmith - September 11, 2007 - 9:57 am

I ran across this piece today on the themes of Jubilee and tithing.  For the people of Israel, the god-given practice of the Jubilee was supposed to have been a means to recall the Sabbath — although it seems that historically they never were able to implement the practices of the Jubilee. It seems to [...]

Englewood All-Church Retreat 2007

by csmith - September 10, 2007 - 11:43 am

Over Labor Day weekend, about 100 of our people went on our annual retreat to Versailles State Park in Versailles (oddly enough, pronounced by Hoosiers as ver-SALES), Indiana. A few pictures from the retreat are captured in our photo archive (and hopefully more will be added in the coming days). The structure of our retreat [...]