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Review of Nora Gallagher’s THE SACRED MEAL

by csmith - November 25, 2009 - 12:05 pm

A Brief Review of The Sacred Meal (Ancient Practices Series). Nora Gallagher. Hardback: Thomas Nelson, 2009. Buy Now: [ ChristianBook.com ] Reviewed by Chris Smith. The “Ancient Practices” series from Thomas Nelson – with its deep historical rooting and careful theological attentiveness – is rapidly becoming one of my favorite ongoing series of books. Thus, [...]

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 [...]

Shane Claiborne: Creative Cures for the Common Xmas.

by csmith - December 11, 2007 - 4:24 pm

Creative Cures for the Common Christmas (by Shane Claiborne) A few years ago I remember a pastor friend telling me they tried something a little different for their Christmas services. Instead of the usual holiday décor and clutter of the sanctuary, they brought in a bunch of manure and hay and scattered it under the [...]

Water Reflection – Week #3 (from our youth)

by csmith - December 10, 2007 - 12:59 pm

Water Clean/Safe by Mary Clanton Over a billion people in the world do not have access to safe water. Many women and children in rural areas in developing countries spend hours each day walking kilometers to collect water from unprotected sources such as open wells, muddy dugouts or streams. In urban areas they collect it [...]

Water Reflection – Week #2 (from our youth)

by csmith - December 6, 2007 - 9:59 am

The World Water Crisis:  Running Low on Water by Andrew Dyke  Did you ever think that the world would someday run low on water? In the opinions of experts, if our water usage doesn’t change, the amount we have available will be cut in half by the year 2020. In some areas of the Middle East [...]

Water Reflection – Week #1 (from our youth)

by csmith - November 29, 2007 - 12:54 pm

Close to Home by Isaac Adams  During the past month or two, people in the Southeast have been having a really tough time. Due to drought, the water levels in lakes and reservoirs of Alabama, Georgia, and Florida have dropped to extreme levels. Because of this, the states have issued a severe drought emergency, restricting [...]

Our Advent Water Project (Intro)

by csmith - November 27, 2007 - 11:48 am

Englewood Christmas Project Ten Reasons We Should Care About Water 1. Every 15 seconds a child dies from drinking contaminated water 2. More than 2.2 million people, mostly in developing countries, die each year from diseases associated with poor water and unsanitary conditions 3. Only 1% of the total water resources on earth is available [...]

The value of bi-vocational church leaders.

by csmith - November 2, 2007 - 2:27 pm

This piece was posted on the blog of the Christian Century today.  The author articulated very well some intuitions that I’ve had for many years.  And no, Mike, I’m not making any insinuations by posting this…      The Moonlighting Pastor by Jonathan Marlowe Wendell Berry says that all pastors should receive some training in the [...]

Animal, Vegetable, Miracle.

by csmith - October 31, 2007 - 10:48 am

I am almost done with Barbara Kingsolver’s wonderful new book Animal, Vegetable, Miracle, which tells the story of her family’s commitment to eat only locally-produced food for a year.  There’s so much food for thought — not to mention thought for food — here.  I hope that some others here at Englewood will read this [...]

Capitalism and the Gospel.

by csmith - October 18, 2007 - 12:45 pm

Here’s a thought-provoking piece blogged this week by Greg Boyd ( author of the excellent book Myth of a Christian Nation) : Here’s a thought: It’s hard to deny that capitalism is the best economic system around. It creates wealth far better than feudalism, communism, socialism or any other system one could name. But for all [...]