Deeper into Your Love and Compassion – A Slow Church Benediction.


Yesterday I did a Slow Church webinar in conjunction with The Presbyterian Outlook.  They asked me to give a benediction at the end of the webinar, and so I decided to share that benediction here.   (Apologies that we haven't posted much here in recent months!)  Lord God,   Giver of all gifts, who loves and abundantly sustains the whole of your creation.   We come humbly before you, with gratitude for all you have given us in our churches and in our neighborhoods. We ask that you would guide us toward a deeper faithfulness to the way of Je … [Read more...]

Indiana’s New RFRA Bill Hits Home on Indy’s Near Eastside


An article broke in the Indianapolis Star this afternoon, announcing that in response to Indiana's newly signed RFRA bill, major corporation Angie's List would be cancelling plans for an expansion to their campus on Indianapolis's Near Eastside.Key bits of the Star article: "The proposed expansion of the online consumer ratings service was touted to add 1,000 good-paying jobs over five years and help revitalize a struggling Eastside neighborhood.""Angie's List is open to all and discriminates against none," [Angie's List CEO Bill] Oesterle said, "and we are hugely disappointed in what … [Read more...]

Looking for Enemies

Right and Left

The March 2015 issue of Charisma magazine includes an article entitled "Here's How the New Christian Left is Twisting the Gospel." Now, I'm not familiar enough with Charisma's digital reach to say whether or not this article went "viral," but I can tell you that the online version has been shared 676,000 times over the last nine days and that it popped up three times on my own Facebook feed. There is so much wrong with this article that it makes my head swirl. And yet I can't get over how predictable it is too. It’s a smorgasbord of familiar attacks. The author, Chelsen Vicari, decries “scare … [Read more...]

Scot McKnight – A Fellowship of Differents [Patheos Book Club]


A Fellowship of Differents: Showing the World God's Design for Life Together Scot McKnight Hardback: Zondervan, 2015 [ This post is part of the Patheos Book Club]  In the Slow Church book, John and I write: Let’s pause for a moment to consider the great diversity of God’s creation. Limiting our focus to Earth—just one of an estimated 100 billion planets in the Milky Way, which is itself just one of at least 175 billion galaxies in the universe—and limiting ourselves even further to dry land, think of the brilliant variety of landscapes, climates, peoples, languages an … [Read more...]

Ragan Sutterfield – This is my Body [Patheos Book Club]


This Is My Body: From Obesity to Ironman, My Journey into the True Meaning of Flesh, Spirit, and Deeper Faith By Ragan Sutterfield Hardback: Convergent Books, 2015.One of the main themes of Slow Church is recognizing the fragmentation that we live within in the twenty-first century. One such type of fragmentation the the divide between the body and the spirit (or between the physical and the spiritual).  Beyond recognizing divides such as these, we also need to structure our lives in ways that doesn't not further propagate the fragmentation and even start to bring the divided spheres … [Read more...]

Two Slow Church-related ebooks on sale now!


For these of you who haven't seen it yet, I have been working this year on a new web project:   Today, my search for the best, current ebook deals turned up two important sale ebooks related to Slow Church:   If you read Kindle ebooks, be sure to download both of these. (If you don't... download at least the FREE one, and Amazon has apps that will let you read it on your laptop, iPad, tablet or phone...)   FREE for Kindle (Feb 23-24)… Franchising McChurch: Feeding Our Obsession with Easy Christianity   Thomas White and Jon Mark Y … [Read more...]

Alexander Schmemann – Lent is a Time of Slowing Down

Alexander Schmemann

 This passage by the renowned Orthodox theologian Alexander Schmemann resonated with me when I read it recently, an appropriate reflection for Ash Wednesday... Lent is a Time of Slowing Down Alexander Schmemann ( Read this passage in its larger context at The Englewood Review of Books )HOW CAN WE KEEP GREAT LENT?  It is obviously impossible for us to go to Church every day. And since we cannot keep the Lent liturgically, the question arises: what is our participation in Lent, how can we spiritually profit by it? The Church calls us to deepen our religious conscience, … [Read more...]