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

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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...]

Rooted in God’s Abundant Provision [Gratitude Series - #1]

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This week I am going to be 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...When reflecting on gratitude, it is helpful for us to begin by considering its roots in God's abundant provision for creation.All major economic systems -- and especially capitalism -- are built upon the assumption of scarcity of resources, an assumption that when scrutinized in the light of the scriptural narrative is simply false. Walter Brueggemann … [Read more...]

New Book: Letters to Me

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A new book to which I have contributed was released yesterday... Letters to Me: Conversations with A Younger Self Other Contributors include: Margot Starbuck, Tamára Lunardo, David Baer, Seth Barnes, Lore Ferguson, Lyla Lindquist, Anita Mathia, Brian McLaren, Penny Nash, Wade Owlett, Kristin Ritzau, Aletheia Schmidt, Therese Schwenkler, Charity Singleton, Shawn Smucker, J. B. Wood, and Eric Sheridan WyattBuy now: [ Amazon Paperback ] [ Kindle ]What’s the book about? Writers remember something that happened when they were between 18 and 30, and then send a letter to themselves about t … [Read more...]

A Hymn for Election Day.

 It's probably a sin of the deepest sacrilege to connect a song of this extraordinary beauty with Election Day...But I can't stop thinking about how relevant it is...Here's just a few snippets:"What a beautiful piece of heartache This has all turned out to be Lord knows we've learned the hard way All about healthy apathy" … [Read more...]

The Hope-full Politics of the Table

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 The following is a reflection that I will share tomorrow night as part of the Election Day Communion service here at Englewood Christian Church.Why celebrate communion on election day?To do so is not merely a religious act, we have intentionally chosen to break bread together -- not to have a worship or prayer service (good as those things are).  Tonight on the eve of this election day, we are celebrating our unity in seeking the Kingdom of God together.  But for many people, I imagine, the Kingdom of God is an abstract and nebulous thing.  Perhaps we should think of the Ki … [Read more...]

Wendell Berry and The Body.

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After recently re-reading Wendell Berry’s essay “Health is Membership” and being struck by its pertinency today, I asked a few friends to read the essay and write a Slow Church-related reflection on the essay.  The is the third of these reflections by my friend Brian Volck, who is not only a gifted writer, but also a pediatrician.     ~Chris*** Read the previous “Health is Membership” reflection by Rachel Marie StoneI’ve been teaching Wendell Berry’s essay, “Health is Membership,” in a medical school elective, “Literature and Medicine,” for over a decade, so I have reason to reread it o … [Read more...]


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