[Daily Advent Reflection] Apologies.

Sorry...  I've been digging myself a pretty big hole work-wise recently.  So, I've let the Advent reflections go undone for the last couple of days.  It kills me that I wasn't able to get them done, yet in the grand scheme of things, c'est la vie, as they say in France.  I was reminded though of Derek Penwell's lovely essay, "Embracing Failure," which we posted here a few weeks ago, and which is more than pertinent.  If you haven't read it yet, do so now; it is well your time.Tomorrow, we'll be back on track with a new reflection and then we'll have new reflections from Kyle Mobley and Kimb … [Read more...]

[Daily Advent Reflection] Waiting in Hope.

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Waiting in Hope. Daily Advent Reflection. Chris Smith. Acts 2:37-42. Monday, December 5, 2011Come fall on us, we fall on you A thankful heart will be our rhythm Come fall on us, we fall on you A thankful heart will be our song.A thankful heart Prepares the way for you my God- "Come Fall on Us" Enter the Worship Circle, Vol. 1. [Sorry, can't find any legitimate sites to stream this song] These daily Slow Church Advent Reflections are based on the Daily Readings of the Revised Common Lectionary (Year B). We love for you to read and reflect along with us! To … [Read more...]

[Daily Advent Reflections] Weekly Recap.

We're taking today off from the daily Advent reflections series, but will resume tomorrow.Listed below are the reflections posted this past week, in case you might have missed any. You can keep up with this daily Advent series, by following SlowChurch.com on FACEBOOK or TWITTER.Monday 11/28: Fear Not! (Chris Smith)Tuesday 11/29: The Immense Joy of Christ’s Victory (Chris Smith)Wednesday 11/30: Incarnating Christ in our Places (Chris Smith)Thursday 12/1: The Whoring Bride of Christ (Chris Smith)Friday 12/2:  A Season Wrought With Tension (Kyle Mo … [Read more...]

Sunday Book Review: The King Jesus Gospel

A key part of Slow Church is the recovery of what has been lost in the Christian faith through the reductions and shortcuts of modernity.  Scot McKnight does just this in his newest book with regard to the Gospel and evangelism.This review originally appeared in The Englewood Review of Books… “Recovering What Has Been Lost in the Industrialization of Christianity” A review of The King Jesus Gospel: The Original Good News Revisited by Scot McKnight. Review by Chris Smith. The King Jesus Gospel: The Original Good News Revisited Scot McKnight. Hardback: Zondervan, 2011. … [Read more...]

[Daily Advent Reflection] You Will Be My People.

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You Will Be My People. Daily Advent Reflection. Kimberly Roth. Ezekiel 36:24-28 Saturday, December 3, 2011I want you to be my love I want you to be my love 'Neath the moon and the stars above I want you to be my love - Over the Rhine Listen: [ YouTube ] [ Spotify ] These daily Slow Church Advent Reflections are based on the Daily Readings of the Revised Common Lectionary (Year B). We love for you to read and reflect along with us! To keep up with this daily Advent series, follow SlowChurch.com on FACEBOOK or TWITTER.There are many passages of scripture I cannot wrap … [Read more...]

[Daily Advent Reflection] A Season Wrought With Tension.

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A Season Wrought With Tension. Daily Advent Reflection. Kyle Mobley. Psalm 85 Friday December 2, 2011  O come, O come, Emmanuel And ransom captive Israel That mourns in lonely exile here Until the Son of God appears Rejoice! Rejoice! Rejoice! Rejoice! Rejoice! Rejoice!O Come O Come Emmanuel by Sufjan StevensThese daily Slow Church Advent Reflections are based on the Daily Readings of the Revised Common Lectionary (Year B). We love for you to read and reflect along with us! To keep up with this daily Advent series, follow SlowChurch.com on FACEBOOK or … [Read more...]

[Daily Advent Reflection] The Whoring Bride of Christ.

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The Whoring Bride of Christ. Daily Advent Reflection. Chris Smith. Hosea 6:1-6 Thursday December 1, 2011We ride our bikes around the circle in the cemetery, Weaving. I wave up to You on the Cross. Am I to come upon You suddenly Like this forever? Happy, relieved that You are here and I can see You, I can feel You? --- You are like the ticket-half I find inside the pocket of my old leaf-raking coat. There all the time, all the while, forgotten. I so often seem to leave You in churches and other islands. And on my beads where I can see You, I can feel … [Read more...]


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