Episode 206 // C. Christopher Smith Talks About Healthy Talking
We’ve had a few weeks off from the podcast - did you miss us?
We return with the FIRST return guest of the otherWISE podcast, our dear friend C. Christopher Smith. His new book, How the Body of Christ Talks: Recovering the Practice of Conversation In the Church is a relevant and helpful resource for both individuals and communities.
Christopher helps us walk through the theology of communication, the way our bodies work on a conversational basis, and gives some insight into communicating in our divisive social media culture.
C. Christopher Smith is a long-time member of the Englewood Christian Church community on the urban Near Eastside of Indianapolis, founding editor of The Englewood Review of Books, and acclaimed author.
Chris was born in Washington, DC, and grew up in the Southern Maryland suburbs of the nation’s capital. He graduated from a large public high school, and came to the midwest to do his undergraduate work at Taylor University, an evangelical liberal arts school. After college, he got a fellowship to study history and philosophy of science at Indiana University, eventually graduating with an M.A. He has lived in central Indiana for over 25 years.
He and Jeni Newswanger Smith have been married for almost 20 years. They have three teenage children, and live intentionally as part of the Englewood Christian Church community in the Englewood neighborhood.
Books we talked about:
Sherwin Nuland, The Wisdom of the Body
Lesslie Newbigin, The Gospel in a Pluralist Society
Richard Foster, Celebration of Discipline
Henri Nouwen, Donald McNeill, & Douglas Morrison, Compassion
Willie James Jennings, Acts: A Theological Commentary on the Bible
Don’t forget you can also pick up a copy of Casey’s new book, As I Recall: Discovering the Place of Memories in Our Spiritual Life wherever you buy your books!
Music by: Robert Ebbens
Cover Art by: Eric Wright/Metamora Design