Being Together as the Church.

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There is a group of us here at Englewood Christian Church who have been reading and reflecting on the Sermon on the Mount together over the summer.  Last night, we had the opportunity as part of our Sunday Night Conversation (You can read more about that here...) to share our reflections with the church community.   Our conversation -- both in the smaller group over the summer and with the larger church last night focused on the Beatitudes at the beginning of the Sermon (Matt. 5: 1-11).  I wanted to share a few thoughts here that I brought up in our conversation last night, as they are related … [Read more...]

Supporting Each Other in Sickness and in Health

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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 first of these reflections by my friend Brent Bill.     ~ChrisAlmost twenty years ago Wendell Berry gave an address titled “Health is Membership.”  Berry, the agrarian poet/novelist/theologian, presented a pretty scathing indictment of the then “modern” health system in the US and our complicity in its failings.  Among his criticisms, which are many, was that our under … [Read more...]

Missional Without The Church?

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 Tony Jones recently posted some harsh critiques of homeschooling (“Death to Homeschooling!” and “Why Homeschoolers Don’t Understand Missional”) that have been generating quite a bit of backlash and conversation. Jamie Arpin-Ricci, for instance, has offers some great thoughts in response: "Missional Implications of Education."I agree with Tony that there some screwed up thoughts driving the way that some folks do homeschooling, but as a number of people have noted (including Mark Van Steenwyk) there are a wide range of ideologies that compel people to homeschool, and in that sense … [Read more...]

The Roadblocks to Sustainability and How we Begin to Tackle Them

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David Owen has long been one of our favorite thinkers here at Englewood; his book Green Metropolis was selected by The Englewood Review of Books as one of the Best Books of 2009.  [ Read our review // Watch a video of a lecture related to the book ]I was recently alerted to the fact that he published a new book earlier this year (that somehow slipped under our radar), entitled: The Conundrum: How Scientific Innovation, Increased Efficiency, and Good Intentions Can Make Our Energy and Climate Problems Worse Paperback: Riverhead Books, 2012. Buy now:  [ Amazon ]  [ Kindle ]I was blown … [Read more...]

Jean Vanier Interview.

Today is the birthday of Jean Vanier, the founder of the L'Arche communities.If there is anyone who could be called a prophet of Slow Church, it is Vanier...Here is an excellent seven-part interview with Vanier (the quality of what Vanier says is excellent, the quality of the video and audio, less so...  Sometimes you may need to turn up the volume to catch what the soft-spoken Vanier is saying...)I recommend starting with this video (Part 7):[ Part 1 - Can Aristotle be a Guide for Life? ]  [ Part 2 - The Heart and the Mind ][ Part 3 - Celebrating Life ]  [ Part 4 … [Read more...]

What is Sustainability?

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Tomorrow I have the opportunity to go an hour or so up the road from here to talk with some students at my alma mater, Taylor University.The primary question that we will tackle will be what is sustainability?  And how do we pursue it?I'm sure we'll have some good conversation along the way.  I will argue that our best hope of a sustainable way of life is in the revival of parish life, (a term I'm borrowing from the good folks at the Parish Collective), by which I mean a rich and distinctive local culture that is catalyzed (but not controlled) by the churches in a particular place. … [Read more...]

Review: Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove’s The Awakening of Hope.

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 Congrats to the winners of yesterday's giveaway: Eric Murray, Noell Rathbun, Eric Forsyth, Joyce Garcia and Jim Kelly!This review is part of the Patheos Book Club conversation on Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove's The Awakening of Hope.The Awakening of Hope (Zondervan 2012) is an important book because it calls all church communities into sharing a deeper life together.  While this new book is in line with much of Jonathan's earlier work on new monasticism, its focus on practices and its carefully nuanced language describing these practices set the book up to be widely accessible t … [Read more...]


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