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As many of you know, The ERB is produced by Englewood Christian Church in the Englewood Neighborhood on the Near Eastside of Indianapolis.  It is one of the businesses that fall under the umbrella of Englewood Community Development Corporation (ECDC, a separate non-profit, but understood as a part of the church’s work).

I was delighted to wake up this morning and find that ECDC was featured on NPR’s Morning Edition!  Give the story a listen, as it gives a deeper look into our neighborhood, and the work of the church (via ECDC) in seeking the shalom (health/flourishing) of our neighborhood.  Excited to play a role in this transformative work!
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This Sunday, June 28, marks the birthday of John Wesley.

In honor of the occasion, we share this sermon, which has been very helpful for us at Englewood Christian Church.

We challenge you to consider the meaning of this sermon in the age of social media?  How do we avoid evil speaking in our online interactions?

The Cure of Evil-speaking
(Sermon 49)
John Wesley

“If thy brother shall sin against thee, go and tell him his fault between thee and him alone: If he shall hear thee, thou hast gained thy brother. But if he will not hear, take with thee one or two more, that in the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established. And if he will not hear them, tell it to the Church. But if he does not hear the church, let him be to thee as an heathen man and a publican.”   [ Matt. 18:15–17 ]
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One of this week’s best new book releases


Unfair: The New Science of Criminal Justice
Adam Benforado

Hardback: Crown Books, 2015
Buy now:
[ Amazon ] [ Kindle ]

Read an excerpt from this new book
(via Google Books)…


Listen to an NPR interview with the author:

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Yesterday was the birthday of Rowan Williams, former Archbishop of Canterbury. . .

Williams, who led the Anglican Communion as Archbishop from 2002 from 2002, is a poet and theologian, with a keen interest in literature and beauty. In his work, he interacts with everything from patristics to contemporary novels, from Teresa of Avila to C.S. Lewis. (Read our review of his book The Lion’s World: Into the Heart of Narnia.)

We reviewed Williams’ book, Meeting God in Mark, in our Lent 2015 print issue. Are you a subscriber?

In honor of his birthday, here are seven videos which begin to encompass Williams’s range and depth of thinking, from a short clip on what church is to a full dialogue with Richard Dawkins.


Enjoy these short videos with Rowan Williams
(Compiled by Joe Krall):

What is Church? | Why Read C.S. Lewis for Lent?
On Dostoevsky | On His Theological Development |
On Contemporary Theology
On the New Atheists | Dialogue with Richard Dawkins

What is Church?:

“Gratefulness becomes the beginning of the church’s life.”

NEXT (C.S. Lewis) >>>>>>

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Though the goal of most literature is to tell a good story, it is not always the only thing that the author sets out to do. Sometimes, what is equally important is innovation, a blending with the unusual to tease readers into a new way of thinking.

Here’s a list of favorite post-modern, experimental, or otherwise unconventional novels for your enjoyment.

Compiled by Sarah Lyons.


These are novels of unusual voice, whether they sport a first-person plural as the first two on the list, or are written, in some part or in their entirety, in the second person.

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We have two interns this summer that are helping with the work of the ERB, and we are pleased to introduce them to you here:

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One of this week’s best new book releases


The Numbers: A Novel
Joshua Cohen

Hardback: Simon and Schuster, 2015
Buy now:
[ Amazon ] [ Kindle ]


Read an excerpt from this new book
(via Google Books)…


Listen to an NPR interview with the author:

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I’m looking forward to going to the Justice Conference this weekend in Chicago!

In honor of this gathering, I offer…

10 Recent Books that will guide us toward a deeper,
more Christ-like understanding of justice.

Where applicable, I have link to our review / coverage of each book.

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This brief essay by ERB Editor C. Christopher Smith,
originally appeared in the very first print issue of our magazine (Advent 2010)…

We reprint it here today in honor of Allen Ginsberg’s birthday.

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AllenGinsberg-AldrichHow Not To Be A Counter-Culture:
A few thoughts occasioned by a reading of Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg’s correspondence

Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg:
The Letters

Bill Morgan & David Stanford, editors

Hardback: Viking, 2010
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by C. Christopher Smith


I have long been intrigued by the works and lives of the Beat writers, the spontaneity and attentiveness of their works combined with their critiques of the stifling culture of post-World-War-II middle-class American Christianity have been particularly appealing to me. Although the term “Beat Generation” is commonly used to refer to wide array of American counter-culturalists from the mid-1940s to the early-1960s, Jack Kerouac’s assessment in the essay “The Philosophy of the Beat Generation” (Esquire 1958) that the “Beat Generation” was a short-lived phenomenon in the late 1940s among a tight-knit group of friends based in New York City is widely accepted today. In order to understand this movement, if we accept Kerouac’s definition, we would do well to examine the relationships between those in this seminal group of New York friends. Key among those friends are Kerouac himself and Allen Ginsberg, and there is no better way to trace the arc of their friendship than by examining their correspondence. Thankfully, for ones like myself who have an interest in this sort of study, the bulk of the correspondence between these two writers has recently been published by Viking Books. This volume, entitled Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg: The Letters, paints a vibrant picture of the counter-cultural movement spawned among Kerouac, Ginsberg and their New York friends and its infusion across the American landscape in the 1950s and early 1960s.

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If you care about theology, and if you read Kindle ebooks….

Here are 12 essential collections that contain hundreds of books and millions of pages.

All of these have good overall customer reviews, and the best part is that even if you buy all of them, it will cost you less than $20!

Enjoy, and share these with your friends!

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