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

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 [...]

Soundtrack to the Advent Season.

by csmith - - 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 [...]

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 [...]

What would Jesus buy?

by csmith - - 11:28 am

Just in time for the holiday shopping season, comes this piece from NEWSWEEK, on Rev. Billy and the “Church of Stop Shopping”…  It seems that this “church” is mostly about the show, but their message is dead serious and has garned the praise of many including the well-known Old Testament Scholar, Walter Brueggemann. What would [...]


by csmith - - 10:28 am

Apologies for the break in posting…  and thanks to all who have kept the conversation going in the comments! This past weekend, I found that Ragan Sutterfield has a blog.  Ragan is a farmer and a writer, a sort of Wendell Berry for the younger generations, who is also the author of the excellent Ekklesia [...]

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 [...]