In Sickness and in Health – Guest Post by Justin McRoberts

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One of the wonderful things that happened at The Festival of Faith and Writing last month was that I had the opportunity to meet singer/songwriter Justin McRoberts.  We had some good conversations, and he was very interested in Slow Church. Justin recently wrote a wonderful book entitled CMYK: The Process of Life Together -- which I read in one sitting this past weekend! -- and which I hope to review very soon for The Englewood Review of Books. He recently sent me an excerpt from this book that is very pertinent to Slow Church, and I am delighted to share it with you here. Be sure to check … [Read more...]

A School for Kindness?

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  One of the most interesting new books released this week is Congratulations, By The Way: Some Thoughts on Kindness by George Saunders. This hardback volume contains the graduation speech that Saunders gave at Syracuse University in 2013.  Although you can read the full text of the speech online, this lovely hardback would make a wonderful gift for all your friends and family who are graduating this spring!   [Also, watch a lovely video excerpt of the talk here ] I was especially captivated by this passage: Each of us is born with a series of built-in confusions that are … [Read more...]

Not Just for the Young and Hip…

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We were thrilled with the RNS article on Slow Church that ran in The Washington Post (and at least a dozen other news outlets) over the weekend.  Great as the article was, there was one perplexing section, the interview with sociologist of religion Scott Thumma, who opined that Slow Church would appeal primarily to the young and hip demographic.  Our friend Brent Bill, who by his own admission, is neither young nor hip, has penned a response, which we are honored to share here... "We believe Slow Food and the other Slow movements hold important lessons for the American churches. They … [Read more...]

Slow Church featured on the Books & Culture Podcast!

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John and I received a pleasant surprise in our in-boxes this morning... SLOW CHURCH was featured on the Books and Culture podcast!!! John Wilson praises the book, and urges people to "walk, not run to your local Christian bookstore to buy it." He also offers some kind and thoughtful critique, which I hope to be able to respond to soon here on the blog. I really appreciated John Wilson's emphasis that this is a book to be read and discussed in churches -- even if you don't agree with all of it. Take a few minutes and listen now: CLICK HERE to download or listen to the B&C … [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...]

Reflecting On The Worst Christian Book Covers of 2013!

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The Englewood Review of Books's list of the Worst Christian Book Covers of 2013 went live last week ... Although this list has drawn a huge amount of attention, laughter, and sharing on social media, it also has had some critics. I thought therefore that I would write a bit here about how and why we have done this list (as it has some continuity with John and I's Slow Church project), and hopefully address some of the concerns that critics have raised. One common misconception is that the list is primarily about design. Yes, design is one key piece of our evaluation, but this project … [Read more...]

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Wendell Berry Sabbath poem – “Will-lessly the leaves fall”

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Just finished my review of the new, complete collection of Wendell Berry's Sabbath poems entitled This Day. My review will appear in the Advent print issue of The Englewood Review of Books. For now, here's a quick look at one excellent poem from the collection that is fitting for this late fall day...   … [Read more...]


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