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Discipleship in the Present Tense: Reflections on Faith and Culture

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In this accessible, insightful book, noted Christian scholar and award-winning author James K. A. Smith gathers together a range of his writing for popular audiences. Working at the intersection of faith and culture, past and present, church and world, Smith offers both incisive cultural criticism and winsome articulation of a robust Christian faith in our -secular age.- W ...more
Paperback, 232 pages
Published August 1st 2013 by Calvin College Press
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Nice medley of Smith’s work—bit of this, bit of that.
Радостин Марчев
May 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
Ако и останалите му книги са подобни на тази Джейм Смит вероятно ще се превърне в един от любимите ми автори.
Discipleship in the Present Tense е сборник от кратки есета, писма и интервюта на най-различни теми - образование, литература, изкуство, политика и църква. Написани са достъпно и съвсем разбираемо като в същото време езикът е доста красив и богат (без да е помпозен), а мисълта дълбока. Всъщност в доста от тях се крие повече отколкото изглед на пръв поглед (прочит). Лично за с огромно удов
Jan 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
*This is not a book review; just a note for myself for the future--
Best chapters: (5) Redeeming Ritual - concise, clear articulation of the role of ritual in shaping our loves; (7) Learning (by) Stories - helpful articulation of humans as narrative beings; (8) How (Not) to Change the World - insightful book review of and interaction with James Hunter's 'To Change the World'; (9) Thinking Biblically About Culture - interacts with and critiques DA Carson's book Christ and Culture Revisited; (15) D
Daniel Wells
Dec 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
Jamie Smith reminds me a lot of Jerry Seinfeld. Even when he doesn't seem to be in his best game, he is always worth your attention. Seinfeld could read a phone book and it would make me chuckle.

This book is a collection of articles, reviews, blog posts, etc. So, don't expect to read a manual on discipleship from Smith (though that would be a great book). Though, one may argue that discipleship is littered through Smith's writing. So perhaps this was the best way to put together a book like thi
Jordan J. Andlovec
Jun 14, 2015 rated it liked it
This collection of essays is a smattering of ideas that have defined Jamie Smith's career. In fact, if you were interested in an easy-to-digest introduction to his work, this is where I'd start. I don't think this is Smith at his best (he's better at the long-form development than the short burst), but it's still a succint group of challenging thoughts worthy of the attention of anyone who is interested in the intersection between faith and culture. ...more
Aug 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Excellent introduction to James K A Smith. A collection of shorter articles that summarize the big ideas from some of his books. Suggestion on the back cover by John Wilson of 'Books and Culture' to read the last essay first. Brilliant way to read this highly recommended work.

If you have never read James K A Smith, this book is an easy on ramp that will put you on the fast track to grasping his insightful ideas.
Adam Shields
Apr 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
Short Review: a series of 24 essays (a couple are actually interviews) about church, culture, books, ideas and worship. This is a good way to get an overview of James KA Smith's thought. He is an increasingly important Christian thinker and while some of his books can be pretty dense, this is quite readable.

My full review is on my blog at
Jonathan Huggins
Apr 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
Intelligent and well-written (a rare combination). A great intro to Smith's work, who is fun to read in small doses. Short chapters on various subjects, all make for enlightening reading on faith and culture. Contains a helpful review of JD Hunter's book, To Change the World. ...more
Shaun Brown
Jan 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: philosophy, theology
Much like The Devil Reads Deridda, Discipleship in the Present Tense is a collection of some of Smith's articles, speeches, and interviews directed to a popular audience. I would highly recommend the book, as I would any of Smith's other writings. ...more
Nov 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Jamie Smith is a philosopher/theologian and deep thinker in the Reformed tradition who is conversive on many topics. Often when I read his stuff, I have to really concentrate to follow his train of thought--because he is very bright and my brain doesn't work on the same planes. He also writes for more "ordinary folk" from time to time and this is one of those books. It is a collection of essays on a variety of topics--many of which were originally published elsewhere. Some are book reviews and s ...more
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“All of life is to be lived coram Deo, they said—that is, before the face of God. All vocations can be holy, for all of our cultural labors can be expressions of tending God’s world. There is no “secular” because there is not a square inch of creation that is not the Lord’s. The result is what Taylor calls “the sanctification of ordinary life.” 0 likes
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