Episode 007: The All That's Holy Blue Collar Podcast: C. Christopher Smith

Episode 007 of The All That's Holy Blue Collar Podcast with C. Christopher Smith

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DISCLAIMER: Profound things will be said, but it will be entirely by accident.

Our guest on this episode is C. Christopher Smith, author of the book Reading for the Common Good: How Books Help Our Churches and Neighborhoods Flourish, coauthor of the book Slow Church: Cultivating Community in the Patient Way of Jesus, and the editor of “The Englewood Review of Books.” He is an active member of the Englewood Christian Church community on the urban Near Eastside of Indianapolis.

Chris and Cody talk about the local church as an organization in which both learning AND action lie at the heart of its identity. They discuss the practice or reading and how reading together in community can drive the church and surrounding neighborhood into deeper action.

Chris believes that the church can no longer be about passive consumption, but instead should take seriously the church’s call to participatory life with the community. He shares how reading can become a vital practice for helping churches navigate this shift.

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The Englewood Review of Books

Culture, Music, Work, and Muddling Through


Cody, Justin, and Craig wax eloquently about the fun stuff going on in the national political arena.  We also hear about Justin's new job (still a blue collar guy).  Craig confesses to his struggles with persistence as he slogs through the dissertation process.

Good Music to Check Out:

Hey, here is the list of songs, put in order of appearance in the podcast:

1. "Do the Whirlwind" by Architecture in Helsinki - Check them out at http://www.architectureinhelsinki.com/ and go to their merch page, and you can also get the link to iTunes from their home page.

2. "Roll Up", by Fitz and the Tantrums -  If you want something that sounds a bit like updated Motor-City pop and soul, check out http://www.fitzandthetantrums.com/.  You can find their merch at http://store.fitzandthetantrums.com/, and on iTunes.

3. "So Alive", by The Goo Goo Dolls -  These "elder statesmen" of rock are still at it. Go to iTunes, or visit them at http://www.googoodolls.com/?frontpage=true and you can order their latest, Boxes at http://googoodolls.warnerbrosrecords.com/ .

4. "Just This", by Birdtalker - Visit http://www.birdtalkermusic.com/ to learn more.  Birdtalker has links for video, Instagram, and merch from the home page. Also available on iTunes.

5. "Rule Number One", by Sleigh Bells - When you're having trouble staying awake and need something cranked up to eleven, then it's time for Sleigh Bells. Learn more at their Facebook page, or pick up their music at iTunes.   

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