How the Body of Christ Talks by C. Christopher Smith – Book Review


C. Christopher Smith brings yet another wonderful book to the fellowship table of the church. Following in the brilliant trajectory of his “Reading for the Common Good” and co-authored “Slow Church,” Smith masterfully expounds and encourages the church to begin talking again.

In such a culturally timely manner, Smith brings the reader along cutting through the divisiveness and noise of our society, to rediscover and engage in the lost art of conversation.

The aim, simply put in my own words, is that churches should lead the way in being the epitome of fruitful conversation. As Smith says, “intentional spaces of learning to listen and talk in the compassionate ways of Jesus. Our practices of talking together will make possible a multitude of formal and informal conversations that guide our congregations toward health and maturity in Christ” (p. 181).

Even in a world more connected and noisier than ever, it’s amazing how fragmented humanity is becoming. Smith not only diagnoses the heart of the topic but gives the reader techniques to begin to employ productive and abundant conversation in their own communities and churches.

A must read for every pastor, community leader, and even lay person!


My review of Smith’s other book Reading for the Common Good.


Available on Amazon, Christianbook, and other fine book retailers.

Eerdmans Sale on Kindle Books for July 2019

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During the month of July, Eerdmans has some great deals on Kindle versions of recent publicationsAlthough I prefer real books to digital (and Logos books to Kindle), these books are worth the price. If you do not own a Kindle device, you can get an App on most devices to read Kindle books. I use the iPad Kindle App, it is very convenient for travel (or reading in the dark).

Although used hardback copies are available for less, George Eldon Ladd, A Theology of the New Testament (1974) is $4.99. This was one of the most influential books on evangelical scholarship. Ladd “popularized a view of the kingdom as having two dimensions: ‘already/not yet’” (The Gospel Coalition, Trevin Wax, A Theologian You Should Know).

Commenting on Ladd’s legacy John D’Elia said

Ladd’s legacy within evangelical scholarship is hard to overstate. I argue in the book…

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