How the Body of Christ Talks

April 16, 2019|
How the Body of Christ Talks by Smith, C. Christopher
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Slow Church, addresses why conversation has become such a challenge in the 21st century and argues that it is perhaps the most needed spiritual practice of our individualistic age.

Smith likens practicing conversation to the working of the human body. Bodies are wondrous symphonies of diverse, intricate parts striving for our health, and our health suffers when these parts fail to converse effectively. Likewise, we must learn to converse effectively with those who differ from us in the body of Christ so we can embody Christ together in the world. In community, we learn what it means to belong to others and to a story that is bigger than ourselves.

Smith shows how church communities can be training hubs where we learn to talk and listen to each other with kindness and compassion. The book explores how churches can initiate and sustain conversation, including working through seasons of conflict; suggests the contours of a spirituality that can foster conversation; and features stories from a diverse range of congregations that are learning to practice conversation.]]>
C. Christopher Smith (MA, Indiana University) is a writer, community developer, and founding 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 Flouri...
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Title:How the Body of Christ Talks
Format:Paperback
Product dimensions:224 pages, 8.43 X 5.43 X 0.63 in
Shipping dimensions:224 pages, 8.43 X 5.43 X 0.63 in
Published:April 16, 2019
Publisher:Baker Publishing Group
Language:English
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9781587434112

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