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

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 [...]

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 [...]


by csmith - October 29, 2007 - 10:36 pm

These are a couple of pictures from one of the days that some of our moms spent canning tomatoes together. Most of the tomatoes they canned — in different forms: juice, sauce, salsa, etc — came from local farms, and they were able to preserve a fair number of quarts (and pints) for each of [...]

“The Pumpkin patch”

by csmith - - 10:18 pm

[ This coming Sunday night, we are planning to have a walkthrough of our website and a conversation about how to best utilize it. So... this week I'm going to try to post daily, so that we will have plenty to look at on Sunday night...] A couple of weeks ago, the kids in our [...]

Franz Jägerstätter: Martyr and Model

by csmith - October 26, 2007 - 3:23 pm

Today the Catholic church is beatifying Franz Jaggerstatter…  Regardless of one’s opinion on Roman Catholicism and/or its process of naming saints, this twentieth century martyr’s story is one that you should know:  Franz Jägerstätter: Martyr and Model

The Hubartts’ blog

by csmith - October 22, 2007 - 3:58 pm

There’s a family in our congregation whose daughter has just undergone a surgery to correct a condition that she was born with.  Nate and Amanda, the mom and dad, have been blogging regularly to keep family and friends updated.  Here is the link to their blog:  The Hubartt family blog Please pray for Anara’s healing [...]

From Ellen Adams.

by csmith - - 2:02 pm

 I feel as though I am being dragged into this “blog” thing kicking and screaming.  I do not think it is at all indicative of who we are as a body and what we are all thinking.  I think it reflects the conversations of about 10% of our body, most of whom are under 35.  [...]

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 [...]


by csmith - October 7, 2007 - 9:43 pm

Our friend Stan Wilson has written a lovely devotional on shalom posted today on the Christian Century blog. As part of that post, he gives a snapshot of our story here at Englewood. At Englewood Christian Church in Indianapolis, pastor Mike Bowling and the congregation have agreed that he’s not going to “get called” anywhere [...]

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 [...]