Becoming the Exploited Ones?

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I re-encountered these passages from Wendell Berry's book THE ART OF THE COMMONPLACE this weekend.(Caveat: Berry uses the terms "redskin" and the n-word, in ways that explore the demeaning tone that these words carried -- and still carry.  Berry's economic point is clear, but I am conflicted about his use of these loaded terms)Read from "But we know..." on page 36 to "the industrial systems of Europe" page 37:Start after the asterisks on page 42 through the end of the chapter: Berry's point is clear -- and one that John and I make in the SLOW CHURCH book -- modern W … [Read more...]

Trusting in a Promise-Keeping God [Living Into Community #4]

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This is the fourth in an Advent series of eight posts that will wind their way through Christine Pohl’s new book Living into Community: Cultivating Practices that Sustain Us (Eerdmans 2012 Buy now: Amazon // Kindle ).  This book was chosen as The Englewood Review’s Book of the Year for 2012, and as I hope will become abundantly clear over the Advent season, it fits very well with what John and I have been describing as Slow Church.[ Read an Excerpt of LIVING INTO COMMUNITY ]The Previous Post in the Series…In the season of Advent, we wait for the coming of Jesus, and wait as the Isra … [Read more...]

Nurturing and Strengthening Gratitude [Living Into Community #3]

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This is the third in an Advent series of eight posts that will wind their way through Christine Pohl’s new book Living into Community: Cultivating Practices that Sustain Us (Eerdmans 2012 Buy now: Amazon // Kindle ).  This book was chosen as The Englewood Review’s Book of the Year for 2012, and as I hope will become abundantly clear over the Advent season, it fits very well with what John and I have been describing as Slow Church.[ Read an Excerpt of LIVING INTO COMMUNITY ]The Previous Post in the Series… After a chapter on the complications that surround the practice of gr … [Read more...]

The Cross and the AK-47?

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Debates about gun control are raging in the wake of yet another mass shooting.  The issues surrounding these recent shootings are complex, mental illness, a culture shaped by recreational violence and yes, of  course, access to guns. I don't really want to debate gun control right now; in fact, I'm not opposed to all guns.  What I am opposed to, however, is the fear that drives people to own (and defend the ownership of) guns that are intended for nothing other than the taking of human life.  And this fear is a theological issue that must be addressed among Christians... I'm laying down a cha … [Read more...]

Waiting in Expectation for the Transformation of the World [Living Into Community #2]

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This is the second in an Advent series of eight posts that will wind their way through Christine Pohl’s new book Living into Community: Cultivating Practices that Sustain Us (Eerdmans 2012 Buy now: Amazon // Kindle ).  This book was chosen as The Englewood Review’s Book of the Year for 2012, and as I hope will become abundantly clear over the Advent season, it fits very well with what John and I have been describing as Slow Church.[ Read an Excerpt of LIVING INTO COMMUNITY ]The First Post in the Series...In the season of Advent, we await the coming of Jesus, in whom healing and tran … [Read more...]

Waiting in Expectation for Christ’s Coming in our Midst [Living Into Community #1]

Living into Community - Christine Pohl

This is the first in an Advent series of eight posts that will wind their way through Christine Pohl's new book Living into Community: Cultivating Practices that Sustain Us (Eerdmans 2012 Buy now: Amazon // Kindle ).  This book was chosen as The Englewood Review's Book of the Year for 2012, and as I hope will become abundantly clear over the Advent season, it fits very well with what John and I have been describing as Slow Church.[ Read an Excerpt of LIVING INTO COMMUNITY ]Advent traditionally is a season of preparation and waiting for the coming of Christ, but in preparing for the co … [Read more...]

When Gratitude Gets Complicated [Gratitude Series - #2]

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This week I am doing a daily series on gratitude, since this virtue plays a vital role in our understanding of Slow Church, and since of course, our readers in the U.S. will celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday later this week…Yesterday's post: Rooted in God's AbundanceAlso, Top Ten Books on Cultivating Gratitude... (via Englewood Review of Books)I'll admit, I'm a little wary of people who are effervescently thankful for things in their lives -- especially on Facebook at this time of year.  Well, OK, I am pretty suspicious of most people who are effervescent about anything.  In a blo … [Read more...]


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