When you write a book, it’s easy to allow the pressures of marketing and selling to eclipse the more basic, fundamental reasons that you sent out on the adventure.

I’ve been no different, of course, having certainly succumbed to the winds and waves of Amazon-rankings-watching and the highs and lows of sales reports.

But all that, ultimately, is nothing more than the emptiness of vanity that distracts from the more substantive, exciting opportunity.

We yet have the chance to make the body an explicit area of evangelicalism’s concern and care, to think about our practices and how they might need to be reformed in light of Scripture.

Which is why I am hosting the Earthen Vessels Symposium. 

Think of it as your local book group, proceeding through the volume chapter-by-chapter.  I’ve lined up a few contributors (names below) who will offer the lead responses, people from a wide range of backgrounds whose thoughts and opinions I respect.

But I am inviting you to participate as well.  

If you write reflections on any of the chapters and leave a comment on that chapter’s lead post (at that person’s blog or at Mere-O), I’ll include it in my own responses.  If you tweet a link to your post and mention me (so that I see it), I’ll retweet it.

The symposium will have its first contribution here at Mere-O on Thursday, and will feature new posts every Tuesday and Thursday after that.   The list of contributors and their blogs is below.

It should be a fun and challenging discussion, one that I am sure will stretch my own thinking on these issues and edify all of us.  Let me know in the comments if you plan to participate.

Posted by Matthew Lee Anderson

Matthew Lee Anderson is the Founder and Lead Writer of Mere Orthodoxy. He is the author of Earthen Vessels: Why Our Bodies Matter to our Faith and The End of Our Exploring: A Book about Questioning and the Confidence of Faith. Follow him on Twitter or on Facebook.

  • This is a great idea. I’ll definitely write about at least one chapter. Maybe chapter 3, since that isn’t filled yet?

    • Matthew Lee Anderson

      James, I did get someone to contribute for Ch. 3 (yahoo!), but I was hoping you’d chime in as well. I’ll add whatever you write into the mix.

      matt

  • Thanks for allowing me to be a part of this!

  • I’ve got a few pages left but will finish the book tonight. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed it so far, and look forward to following along with others’ reflections as well!

    • Matthew Lee Anderson

      Thanks, John, for reading it, and for reading along with this symposium. I am excited about it!

      Best,

      Matt