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: ThriftyChristianReader.com   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

 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...]

Ken Wytsma – The Grand Paradox [Patheos Book Club]

[ This post is part of the Patheos Book Club discussion of THE GRAND PARADOX ]The Grand Paradox: The Messiness of Life, the Mystery of God and the Necessity of Faith Ken Wytsma Hardback: Thomas Nelson, 2015.In my early years of college, I went through somewhat of a crisis of faith, questioning who God was and how God relates to humanity. It was a pretty bleak time, but eventually through long series of conversations with friends and through reading certain works of writers in the Christian tradition like C.S. Lewis, Madeleine L’Engle and Frederick Buechner, I eventually grew into a … [Read more...]

Dietrich Bonhoeffer on Slow Church…

Today is the birthday of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, born in Breslau, Prussia in 1906.   I recently discovered the following passage from Bonhoeffer, which gets to the heart of Slow Church. Incidentally, this passage can be found in the book Dietrich Bonhoeffer's Christmas Sermons, which happens to be on sale right now for Kindle! ($3.79)  Waiting is an art that our impatient age has forgotten. It wants to break open the ripe fruit when it has hardly finished planting the shoot. But all too often the greedy eyes are only deceived; the fruit that seemed so precious is still green on … [Read more...]

Worst Christian Book Covers of 2014…

The Englewood Review of Books has just released its annual list of The Worst Christian Book Covers.   As usual the list has gotten mixed reviews: many folks in the publishing business get a good laugh and laud the list for calling out poor workmanship; others chide us for what they perceive as meanness and mockery (see the comments on the list for instance).  So, why do we do the list year after year?  My friend Karen Swallow Prior wrote a wonderful reflection on last year's list for Christianity Today, and in it she articulated well our intent:Bad Christian art that reflects a l … [Read more...]

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Ferguson and Our Broken Justice System

I'm deeply saddened, but not really surprised by the grand jury's decision tonight in Ferguson.The fundamental disconnect is that Prosecuting Attorney Robert McCulloch could stand there and say that there was no question that Officer Wilson shot and killed Michael Brown (who --although this was never explicitly offered in the statement -- was UNARMED), and yet there was not enough evidence to bring the case to trial.  This is the broken system in which we live, a society so enamored with guns and violence that it is permissible to shoot and kill an unarmed person and not even face a trial … [Read more...]

Justice that Leavens the World.

While in the DC area this week speaking and promoting Slow Church, I had the opportunity this morning to visit a friend of mine who works at International Justice Mission (IJM).  I had the privilege of sitting in on IJM's daily prayer service today, where they shared various facets of their work and offered thanksgiving and requests in prayer.  IJM is doing powerful work around the globe, diligently working for the justice of women, fighting the sex trade, working to end the violence that lies at the root of much poverty and injustice in the world.At the same time, I am reading Scot M … [Read more...]