Steven Furtick and the ‘Disneyfication’ of Baptism

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A Story About What Slow Church is NOT... Steven Furtick offers much fodder for critique -- the multi-million dollar house, etc. -- but this new story of Elevation's practice of "Spontaneous Baptism" highlighted many of the criticisms of industrialized Christianity that we are raising in the Slow Church book. I was alerted to this story through a report on the WCNC-TV (Charlotte) website: How Elevation Church, Pastor Furtick produce 'spontaneous' baptisms The whole article is worth reading, but here are some crucial clips: "Elevation Church keeps an exact count of its thousands of … [Read more...]

A Dark Side to Slow Church?

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  I have been reading a bunch of articles today on the legacy of John Howard Yoder (what his well-documented incidents of sexual harassment mean for how we interpret his theology).  Lots of good important questions being asked, and many of them related to Slow Church.  For those interested, I started here and was eventually led to this superb two-part article.   The most challenging question is: Does the slowness of Slow Church just serve to prop up existing power structures, such as patriarchy, whiteness and heterosexuality?  Is this a dark side to Slow Church? … [Read more...]

Willie Jennings – New Keynote Speaker for the Slow Church Conference!

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I'm very excited to announce that Willie Jennings of Duke Divinity School has been added as a keynote speaker for the Slow Church Conference here at Englewood Christian Church, April 3-5. [ Have you registered yet?  Our Early Bird Registration price of $99 is good through this Friday Feb 7... Register now and save!]   Read my review of Prof. Jennings important book The Christian Imagination... The Christian Imagination: Theology and the Origins of Race.  Yale UP, 2010.  Buy now:  [ Amazon ]  [ Kindle ]   Here is a superb interview that highlights the key themes … [Read more...]

Phil Kenneson: A Philosophical Argument for Slow Church

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This week, I re-read this wonderful passage from Phil Kenneson's superb essay "There's no such thing as objective truth, and it's a good thing too" (in the volume Christian Apologetics in the Postmodern World).  Phil will be one of our speakers for The Slow Church Conference, April 3-5. To summarize Phil's argument here, Christianity is better off without objective truth, because we are then driven deeper into our calling as good, vibrant (and I would add Slow) church communities. What do you think?  Do you buy Phil's argument here?   But I don’t want to stop at saying … [Read more...]

Slow Church Conference – Indianapolis – April 3-5

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We're excited to announce that we will be hosting a conference on Slow Church at Englewood Christian Church in Indianapolis, April 3-5 (that's a Thursday evening through mid-day Saturday).   John and I will be the curators of this event, and our aim is to introduce people to theologians whose work has given shape to Slow Church, to draw connections between the work of these thinkers and most importantly, to allow ample time and space for participants to engage in conversation with the basic ideas of Slow Church.   We are offering an Early Bird registration price of only … [Read more...]

Pope Francis on “Slow” Evangelism [Tim Colegrove - Slow Church Planting, Part 2]

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Guest Blogger: Timothy Colegrove  Tim and Alice Colegrove live and work in Boston, MA where they serve with the Conservative Mennonite Conference (CMC) as evangelists and prospective church-planters. Their vision is to establish a multi-ethnic evangelical Anabaptist church in the city of Boston committed to discipling new believers, breaking down socio-economic barriers, and gathering an eclectic community around Jesus’ table. Prior to working with the CMC, Tim and Alice served for many years as advocates, street pastors, and family to homeless youth in Harvard Square. You can contact Tim … [Read more...]

The most important book of 2013…

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My pick for the most important book of 2013 is the new collection of Wendell Berry's Sabbath Poems, entitled This Day. I'll admit that it was a really close call between this book and David Mikics's volume Slow Reading in a Hurried Age, but Berry's book wins by a nose as it takes a broader view, and offers not only carefully-crafted poems, but a way of living and being in the world.  Slow Reading starts to move in the same direction, but never seems to look much beyond the scope of the reader, his or her book and its author. I posted a sample poem from Berry's collection on this blog … [Read more...]


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