You Are What You Love: Worship as Transformation

A Weekend Retreat with Dr. James K.A. Smith

April 21-23, 2017

All are cordially invited to participate in a weekend retreat led by philosopher and theologian Dr. James K.A. Smith, based on his new book You Are What You Love: The Spiritual Power of Habit. During the weekend Dr. Smith will help us to examine what we love, to embrace the fact that what we love makes us who we are, and to discover how worship has the power to direct our love toward God and our neighbors.

Video Discussion Guide for the book > 

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Friday Lecture | April 21 | 7:00-8:30pm | Heaton Hall
You Might Not Love What You Think
A Liturgical Analysis of Our Idolatries

Saturday Workshop | April 22 | 9:00am-Noon | Heaton Hall
What Story Are We In?
Learning to Read the Church’s Worship

Worship Workshop for Children led by
Carrie Veal

Sunday Forum | April 23 | 9:45-10:45am | Heaton Hall
Practicing Faithful Innovation
Why Improvisation Needs Tradition

Sunday Worship | April 23 | 11:00am-Noon | Sanctuary 
Dr. Smith will be preaching on John 20:19-31 

James K.A. Smith
is professor of philosophy at Calvin College where he holds the Gary and Henrietta Byker Chair in Applied Reformed Theology and Worldview. The award-winning author of Who’s Afraid of Postmodernism? and Desiring the Kingdom, his recent books include Imagining the Kingdom (2013), Who’s Afraid of Relativism? (2014), and How (Not) To Be Secular: Reading Charles Taylor (2014). His new book, You Are What You Love: The Spiritual Power of Habit, was just published by Brazos.

His popular writing has appeared in magazines such as Christianity TodayBooks and Culture, and First Things and periodicals such as the New York TimesWall Street Journal, and USA Today.

Smith is also a Senior Fellow of Cardus and serves as editor of Comment magazine.

James and his wife, Deanna, have four children (all students at Calvin College!) and live in the Heritage Hill neighborhood of Grand Rapids. They attend Sherman Street CRC. 

Twitter: @james_ka_smith 

Want to know more? 
More YouTube videos based on his book >


W. Benjamin Boswell

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