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

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, [...]

From Ireland: Mike asks some questions about Christian communities

by csmith - October 6, 2008 - 7:22 am

An unauthorized cut-n-paste from Mike and Lisa’s Ireland blog: Yesterday, we enjoyed a marvelous day highlighted by an assembly of worship with the church in Kenmare. They were gracious enough to ask me to speak about Englewood. Although they kept thanking me for the words of encouragement to them, we were the ones most encouraged. [...]

Saturday Oct. 25 – Conversation on The Church and Race

by csmith - September 29, 2008 - 3:29 pm

On Saturday October 25, we will host a conversation on The Church and Race. Our guest speaker will be Dr. James Lewis.  James is Professor of Theology and Ethics at Anderson University School of Theology.  In 1994, he received his PhD in theology and ethics from Duke University, where he studied under Stanley Hauerwas. When: [...]

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 [...]

Our Covenant.

by csmith - December 4, 2007 - 12:11 pm

This post is long overdue, as we completed our work on this covenant back in July. I just have kept forgetting to post it here.  A little background…  In January 2006, we started a conversation to review what it means to be a member of Englewood.  By October 2006, we had started to draft this [...]

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 [...]

Simple churches.

by csmith - November 1, 2007 - 11:45 am

 HOUSE2HOUSE has just released the online version of their 23 minute video on simple churches: “When you come together.”  I met a bunch of these people when we lived in Cincinnati and there’s a lot of common ground theologically with our ongoing conversation here at Englewood.  I know this video is rather long, but it is [...]

Greg Boyd… Again

by csmith - October 30, 2007 - 2:37 pm

Greg Boyd has had some really some good stuff posted on his blog recently… This piece was actually posted before the one I posted here last week, but it deserves our reading and contemplation… …   Someone e-mailed me with a question worth wrestling with. He said he heard a well known preacher recently call his [...]

Confusing Being and Doing.

by csmith - October 1, 2007 - 2:59 pm

by Patrick Bowers ( gleaned from Englewood’s Oct. 2007 newsletter)   In a world which concentrates on production instead of wisdom, I think the church has been duped into thinking that doing the work of God is the same as being the church of God. I believe what churches (and this includes Englewood) do is an expression what they [...]

No man is an island?

by csmith - September 6, 2007 - 8:10 pm

Quote of the Day, from Sojourners’ God’s Politics blog: One is not absolutely alone, one cannot live and die for oneself alone. My life and my death are not purely and simply my own business. I live by and for others, and my death involves others. – Thomas Merton from Conjectures of a Guilty Bystander