The Hopeful Politics of “Everyday Attentive Reciprocity”

In the wake of the recent US presidential election, I've been drawn into a few efforts to re-imagine what faithful Christian politics might look like. These efforts have compelled me to start re-reading Stanley Hauerwas and Romand Coles important book: Christianity, Democracy, and the Radical Ordinary: Conversations between a Radical Democrat and a Christian (Cascade Books, 2008 -- This book was featured recently on a list of recommended books on cultivating Christian faithfulness in the Trump age that I compiled for The Englewood Review of Books.)In the book's introduction, I encountered … [Read more...]

A Politics of Hope in the Trump Age

Over the last week, I've been reflecting on how we can find hope in these anxious times. (Anxiety, of course, not only fueled Trump's rise to become the president-elect, but also the resistance to his platform in the wake of the election). I wrote a new piece for Relevant that is woefully brief, but that I hope will emphasize that our hope of a different -- and better -- sort of politics begins in our local churches. Make an ongoing commitment to know those in your church who differ from you. Step out of your comfort zone; join a Sunday school class, small group or church committee in which … [Read more...]

An Open Apology to Chris Rock.

(My friend Matt Conner, recently wrote this eloquent reflection on Chris Rock's commentary at the Oscars. Since it reflects the sort of vulnerability and lament that we believe are vital for Slow Church, I asked Matt if we could reprint it here. He graciously said yes. Be sure to keep an eye on Matt's website, where this post was originally published... )  An Open Apology to Chris Rock March 3, 2016  Please accept my apology for the delay on this letter. I intended to write sooner, but the best way to summarize my delay is simply to say “Trump.” I hope you’ll understand. (A … [Read more...]

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

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...]