Giveaway: Five Books for Five-Stars

Last Friday, Slow Church received its 20th five-star review on Amazon. (It now has 22 five-star reviews.) We’ve been humbled by this outpouring of support.To say thank you, we’re giving away five books, all to one person! Because we think Slow Church is a book best read in community, someone will receive four copies to read with their church, Sunday school class, book club, or wherever they discuss books. They will also receive one copy of The New Parish, a book we often urge folks to read in conjunction with ours.Here’s how to enter the drawing:On Facebook or Twitter, answer this q … [Read more...]

Slow Church and the Missional Movement

Missional Church

[Note: This is the first in a series of posts about some of the best, and sometimes most frequent, questions Chris and I are fielding while we are on tour talking about the book. Our blog posts are only part of the discussion. More than anything, we'd like to hear how you would respond. We'll be checking the comments frequently!]Earlier this month I had the privilege to participate in a conversation at Warner Pacific College on the theme of “rethinking church”. The event, curated by Tony Kriz and Michelle Lang, was lively and engaging and just a blast. The other featured guests that night w … [Read more...]

10 Ways to Start Practicing Slow Church

ReThinking Church

Last Thursday, I had the opportunity to participate in a great event at Warner Pacific College called "ReThinking Church." The event was curated by WP's Assistant Director of Campus Ministries, Michelle Lang, and by Tony Kriz, author of the wonderful Neighbors & Wise Men. Along with the other featured speakers -- Kelly Bean, whose How to be a Christian without Going to Church comes out early next month, and the three authors of the essential book, The New Parish -- I was asked to help "imagine afresh what faith-gathering can and must look like in our radically shifting world."I am going … [Read more...]

Slow Church Endorsements

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Chris and I have been humbled by the endorsements Slow Church has received--all from writers, activists, pastors, theologians, and and community practitioners whose work has meant so much to us. Here are the endorsements that have come in so far: "The internet providers have persuaded us that 'fast' is better…about everything. As a result, 'slow' is a deeply subversive, counter-cultural notion in a culture of 'fast.' This thoughtful, discerning book advocates 'slow' in faith and in life. This advocacy is a recognition that faith is a practice of relational fidelity that cannot be r … [Read more...]

Slow Church Book Cover!

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This just in! Chris and I were thrilled when our editor sent us the cover design for the forthcoming Slow Church book. The book has a Spring 2014 release date. We think the design team over at IVP/Praxis hit the nail on the head. In short, we couldn't be more pleased. What do you think? … [Read more...]

Design Thinking and Neighborhood Renewal

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Lately I’ve been reading about “design thinking,” and I’m starting to see its potential as a tool for community renewal.Design thinking is a structured approach many designers use to generate and develop ideas, products, and innovations. It’s most often associated with IDEO, the well-known design firm that created the first Apple mouse, and Stanford’s Institute of Design (a.k.a. “d.school”). But what began as a process to guide the development of new consumer products is now being applied, often by non-designers, to business (including Apple, Target, and Proctor & Gamble, as well as soc … [Read more...]

Holy Saturday and Unanswered Questions

Holy Saturday

[Author's Note: A couple years ago I was asked to contribute to an article for Relevant Magazine about "five things we wish our pastors knew." Other contributors included Anne Marie Miller, Enuma Okoro, Matthew Paul Turner, and Jason Boyett. I wrote my piece as a kind of open letter to our church's new pastor. I'm reposting it here because it was written during, and inspired by, Holy Week.]Good Friday, Holy Saturday and Easter Sunday represent the hinge of human history. We celebrate Good Friday and Easter Sunday because they make everything else possible. But I think it’s a mistake to m … [Read more...]


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