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C. Christopher Smith lives and writes as part of the Englewood Christian Church community on the urban Near Eastside of Indianapolis, where he is the Senior Editor of The Englewood Review of Books. Chris is co-author of the award-winning book Slow Church (2014), author of Reading for the Common Good (2016), and is presently finishing a book manuscript with the working title, Conversational Bodies: A Field Guide for the Journey Toward Belonging.

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12 Fiction Books That Will Shape Your Theology

 When we think about the role of reading in our spiritual formation, we generally think…

Why Christians Should Read More

Instagram. Snapchat. Facebook. YouTube. So many media platforms via for our attention these days. While…

World-Changers Read All the Time. Here’s How You Can Too

Over the last decade, many people in the publishing world have been wringing their hands…

The RELEVANT 2017 Summer Reading Guide

Our fast-paced, technology-driven culture has changed the nature of reading. We get our news from…

7 Books That Will Challenge Your Faith

In my day job as the editor of The Englewood Review of Books, I’ve staked…

9 Books to Add to Your Summer Reading List

Our fast-paced, technology-driven culture has changed the nature of reading. We get our news from…

Design Should Matter More to Christians

I grew up in the 1980s, when the Christian music industry was still in its…

It’s Time to Treat Reading Like Spiritual Discipline

With the emergence of social media and e-books over the last decade, the publishing industry…

10 Must-Read Books of the Last Decade (Or So)

Summer is in full swing. It’s that wonderful time of year when many of us…

7 Life-changing Novels to Read this Summer

The summer season is right around the corner, which means it’s time to think about…

Christians Should Be Offended By Bad Art

I grew up in the 1980s, when the Christian music industry was still in its…

RELEVANT’s Top 10 Books of 2015

As we do each year, we’ve gathered a list of the best book published from…

12 Books Every Social Justice Advocate Should Read

Christians are called to be part of bringing God’s Kingdom on earth, and part of…

7 Books to Challenge Your Faith

Chances are, between barbecues, beach trips and family gatherings, you’ll have some down time over…

12 Books We’re Excited About This Year

It has been said that there is no end to the making of books (Ecclesiastes…

Your 2014 Book-Giving Guide

Books make the perfect Christmas gift. They generally are reasonably priced, and once read they…

10 Books to Read This Fall for a Deeper Faith

I’ve always been intrigued that the word “disciple” comes from origins that meant “learner.” Our…

9 Social Justice Books to Read This Fall

When we think of social justice, we typically think of action, and action is certainly…

Will the Rolling Jubilee Really Work?

A new offshoot of the Occupy Movement is taking off—and it’s buying up and canceling people’s debt for pennies on the dollar. The Rolling Jubilee’s lavish forgiveness of debt is dazzling newscasters and the public, and certainly has spiritual echoes. But after the Rolling Jubilee has done its good work, the question remains: Will forgiven debtors shoulder the responsibility to stay out of the red in the future, and extend the same generosity given them to others?

The Urgent Need for Slow Politics

It’s been a week since the election was over, and I’ve seen a wide range…

Why You Need to Care About the Drought

The bone-dry summer has thrown more than half of all U.S. counties into emergency, but it’s not just farmers who are being affected. We will all be feeling the drought in food prices and water conservation mandates soon enough. The Bible is no stranger to agricultures ups and downs, and it has a very clear encouragement for how to act and pray during times of deep drought.

In Defense of Poetry

The first and most familiar of the so-called Slow Movements was the Slow Food movement…