iCEO: Part One

Steve Jobs Photo

The last great book I read in 2011 will be Walter Isaacson's biography of Steve Jobs. This is the first of two planned posts about Steve Jobs, consisting mostly of random thoughts about the book. Part Two will come next week. 1. Steve Jobs is a valuable book, if we let it be. For all sorts of folks: business leaders, church leaders, lay people, writers and artists, consumers and producers, everyone. 2. Isaacson follows Jobs from his early childhood (he was given up for adoption at birth) and precociously brilliant teenage years, to the creation of Apple, his fall from the top, the … [Read more...]

Slow Church: The Book

Well, it is official and officially public: Chris and I just signed a contract with InterVarsity Press to write the book, Slow Church. The plan right now is to write the book over the next eight months, with a release date of mid-2013. Chris and I both have such high regard for IVP - especially its Likewise imprint, which has published some of our favorite books of the last few years, including books by Shane Claiborne and Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove, Jamie Arpin-Ricci, Andrew Marin, Sean Gladding, Tom Sine, Scott Bessenecker, and Mark Scandrette, among others - that we never "shopped" our … [Read more...]

Dorothy Day’s Birthday

The-Long-Loneliness

Today is the birthday of Dorothy Day - the journalist and social activist who co-founded the Catholic Worker movement. To mark the occasion, I'm posting the essay I wrote about Day's classic autobiography, The Long Loneliness. The essay first appeared in Besides the Bible: 100 Books that Have, Should, or Will Create Christian Culture (Biblica, 2010). I also encourage you to check out this wonderful video of Dorothy Day on the Christopher Closeup show. The photograph on the cover of HarperOne’s 1997 edition of The Long Loneliness, Dorothy Day’s classic spiritual … [Read more...]

Plotting an Advent Conspiracy

Advent Conspiracy

Whether your costume is back in storage or still crumpled up on the floor, whether or not you're still coming down from your sugar high, Halloween is over and so begins the unofficial start to the holiday season. (Hey, Costco has been selling Christmas ornaments since at least September.) This is the time of year we re-connect with family and friends, take time to acknowledge our many blessings, and of course celebrate Emmanuel, God with us. It's also a season characterized by hyper-stress, hyper-consumerism, and, absurdly, department store stampedes. It is helpful for me to pause at the … [Read more...]

Eating, Talking, and Plotting Goodness Together: An Interview with Dee Dee Risher

Dinner Party

Conspire! magazine is a project of The Simple Way and a growing number of “co-conspiring communities” around the country. Each themed issue includes great writing and visual art, all with an eye toward building relationships and exploring “the questions of faith that arise from living for justice and as part of the body.” The current issue is about “Food, Feast, and Table,” and it includes, among other features, an essay by Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove, an interview with Wendell Berry, an article by Mike Morrell, and stunning food-themed outsider art by a variety of artists. In the … [Read more...]

Keep in Touch

A bit of housekeeping: Both in the book and on the blog, Chris and I want to do more than write about "Slow Church" as an abstract ideal. Slow Church is rooted in the human, natural, and spiritual cultures of particular places and particular people in a particular time. Chris and I want to lay out the key concepts of Slow Church, while also telling the stories of faith communities around the country (heck, around the world) who are actually doing these things. Thus, we are coming to you, dear reader, and asking you to contact us to tell us how faith communities in your neighborhoods are … [Read more...]

Gather ‘Round

Here is an event you should know about. The folks over at CONSPIRE Magazine are celebrating the release of their "Food, Feast, and Table" issue by inviting people to participate in "Gather 'Round" events throughout the month of November. These are nights of "food and celebration and drawing together." CONSPIRE is at its best when we come face to face. Breathing together in real and tangible ways is at the core of who we are. This special night embraces the sacredness and joy of the dinner table, and invites others into our homes and places of gathering to plot goodness. It’s a gathering to … [Read more...]