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

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[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...]

Reconciled Diversity: Or, Why I Go to the Inhabit Conference

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[Update: Make sure to check out Coté Soerens's response to this post. She brings up some important points: "Yet, we are a long ways to go in the task of breaking long-held barriers to diversity and dialogue between communities in the US...The forces behind homogeneity in our church communities, such as discrimination, privilege, and inequality, demand holistic efforts based on tireless presence and practice." I'm happy Coté is one of the presenters at this year's conference.]One of the most distressing aspects of the Church Growth Movement is its reliance on homogeneity. Donald McGavran, th … [Read more...]

Shusaku Endo’s “Silence”

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[Note: Today is the birthday of the great Japanese Catholic novelist Shusaku Endo. To mark the occasion, we're posting an essay John wrote for Besides the Bible: 100 Books that Have, Should, or Will Create Christian Culture (IVP, 2010) about Endo's powerful novel, Silence. The director Martin Scorsese has said he hopes to start production on a film adaptation of Silence in 2014.]Francis Xavier disembarked at the southernmost tip of Japan in August 1549, and for two years the trailblazing Jesuit missionary preached in the streets, debated Buddhist monks, and conversed with local warlords. Wh … [Read more...]


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