The Hopeful Politics of “Everyday Attentive Reciprocity”

In the wake of the recent US presidential election, I've been drawn into a few efforts to re-imagine what faithful Christian politics might look like. These efforts have compelled me to start re-reading Stanley Hauerwas and Romand Coles important book: Christianity, Democracy, and the Radical Ordinary: Conversations between a Radical Democrat and a Christian (Cascade Books, 2008 -- This book was featured recently on a list of recommended books on cultivating Christian faithfulness in the Trump age that I compiled for The Englewood Review of Books.)In the book's introduction, I encountered … [Read more...]

Scot McKnight – A Fellowship of Differents [Patheos Book Club]

A Fellowship of Differents: Showing the World God's Design for Life Together Scot McKnight Hardback: Zondervan, 2015 [ This post is part of the Patheos Book Club]  In the Slow Church book, John and I write: Let’s pause for a moment to consider the great diversity of God’s creation. Limiting our focus to Earth—just one of an estimated 100 billion planets in the Milky Way, which is itself just one of at least 175 billion galaxies in the universe—and limiting ourselves even further to dry land, think of the brilliant variety of landscapes, climates, peoples, languages an … [Read more...]

Ragan Sutterfield – This is my Body [Patheos Book Club]

This Is My Body: From Obesity to Ironman, My Journey into the True Meaning of Flesh, Spirit, and Deeper Faith By Ragan Sutterfield Hardback: Convergent Books, 2015.One of the main themes of Slow Church is recognizing the fragmentation that we live within in the twenty-first century. One such type of fragmentation the the divide between the body and the spirit (or between the physical and the spiritual).  Beyond recognizing divides such as these, we also need to structure our lives in ways that doesn't not further propagate the fragmentation and even start to bring the divided spheres … [Read more...]

Two Slow Church-related ebooks on sale now!

For these of you who haven't seen it yet, I have been working this year on a new web project: ThriftyChristianReader.com   Today, my search for the best, current ebook deals turned up two important sale ebooks related to Slow Church:   If you read Kindle ebooks, be sure to download both of these. (If you don't... download at least the FREE one, and Amazon has apps that will let you read it on your laptop, iPad, tablet or phone...)   FREE for Kindle (Feb 23-24)… Franchising McChurch: Feeding Our Obsession with Easy Christianity   Thomas White and Jon Mark Y … [Read more...]

Ken Wytsma – The Grand Paradox [Patheos Book Club]

[ This post is part of the Patheos Book Club discussion of THE GRAND PARADOX ]The Grand Paradox: The Messiness of Life, the Mystery of God and the Necessity of Faith Ken Wytsma Hardback: Thomas Nelson, 2015.In my early years of college, I went through somewhat of a crisis of faith, questioning who God was and how God relates to humanity. It was a pretty bleak time, but eventually through long series of conversations with friends and through reading certain works of writers in the Christian tradition like C.S. Lewis, Madeleine L’Engle and Frederick Buechner, I eventually grew into a … [Read more...]

An Interview with Tim Suttle

Tim Suttle's Shrink: Faithful Ministry in a Church-Growth Culture was one of our favorite books of 2014. In fact, Chris has said that Shrink is "one of the wisest and most significant evangelical books" that he's read in the last decade. I would agree with that. The book is deeply resonant with the themes of Slow Church.I had the opportunity to interview Tim for the most recent print edition of the Englewood Review of Books. I encourage you to check it out. Below you'll find an excerpt from the published interview and bonus material we couldn't bear to leave on the editing room floor. We th … [Read more...]

Worst Christian Book Covers of 2014…

The Englewood Review of Books has just released its annual list of The Worst Christian Book Covers.   As usual the list has gotten mixed reviews: many folks in the publishing business get a good laugh and laud the list for calling out poor workmanship; others chide us for what they perceive as meanness and mockery (see the comments on the list for instance).  So, why do we do the list year after year?  My friend Karen Swallow Prior wrote a wonderful reflection on last year's list for Christianity Today, and in it she articulated well our intent:Bad Christian art that reflects a l … [Read more...]

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