How the Body of Christ Talks

Recovering the Practice of Conversation in the Church

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"A genuinely alternative voice to Church as Usual"

"Chris Smith has become a genuinely alternative voice to Church as Usual. The mode of communication in most churches on a typical Sunday is preaching or teaching, whether in a Bible class or in the pulpit. The art of conversation is neither taught nor embodied in that form of communication. It is then no surprise that many Christians have not learned to converse about faith or about their spiritual journeys. How the Body of Christ Talks both talks about conversation and illustrates how it can be done. I can't recommend this book highly enough."
--Scot McKnight, Northern Seminary

"In a world full of talking heads and devoid of attentive ears, Smith's practical book teaches us through poetic metaphors, useful advice, and theological wisdom how to be present to one another. How the Body of Christ Talks shows us a way of healthy, soulful dialogue."
--Rev. Carol Howard Merritt, author of Healing Spiritual Wounds

"Smith's writings are both beautiful in style and unique in their clarity of thought. He takes a common subject and flips it on its head, revealing new insights and sharpening old categories of thought. In How the Body of Christ Talks, Smith helps us understand the church in a unique way and revolutionizes our thinking about speech and its role in who we are and what we should be about as God's people. This book accomplishes the rare feat of proving its thesis while illuminating many other facets of life. A must-read for its powerful message and timely subject."
--Ken Wytsma, lead pastor of Village Church, Beaverton, Oregon; author of Redeeming How We Talk

"At the core of every church is the wonder of conversation. Without it we are empty. So open this book, delve deeply into the dynamics of conversation. Explore Smith's suggestions for opening this space and making way for God's healing power. Read How the Body of Christ Talks and be schooled by one of the best in the art of conversation."
--David Fitch, Northern Seminary; author of Faithful Presence

Contributors

C. Christopher Smith, Author

C. Christopher Smith is a writer, community developer, and editor of The Englewood Review of Books. He is coauthor of the award-winning book Slow Church: Cultivating Community in the Patient Way of Jesus and the author of Reading for the Common Good: How Books Help Our Churches and Neighborhoods Flourish. His work has been featured in the Washington Post, USA Today, the Indianapolis Star, HuffPost, Christianity Today, the Christian Century, Relevant, and Sojourners. Smith lives on the urban Near Eastside of Indianapolis, Indiana, where he is a longtime member of Englewood Christian Church, a congregation that has been learning to talk together for over two decades.

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