Further Conversation on Andy Crouch’s PLAYING GOD

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So David Fitch initiated a new conversation on his blog today about Andy Crouch's new book PLAYING GOD... Affirming much of what Andy offers in the book, David raises the following concern: All this to say, Crouch’s book is good but Crouch’s book is dangerous. Some may read it and take it as a Christian user’s manual for power and then go out and use their power in a more benevolent way in their businesses or places of work and think they can redeem the world. It may lead us to think that once we get our understanding of power sorted out we can go out and better exercise it. It may … [Read more...]

Alan Hirsch offers the first blurb for the Slow Church book!

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We received our first blurb for the Slow Church book today... from Alan Hirsch: "Chris and John have done a fantastic job of envisioning a wholesomely sustainable, spiritually alluring, and thoroughly kingdom-centric church that is simply fulfilling its purpose of witnessing to Jesus in the rhythms of God’s grace. I just have to join in! An inspiring read." Funny story about this.  When I inquired with Alan about the blurb, he said he'd be willing to write one, but might not get it done within the timeframe we needed it.  He joked that life was a bit "fast" for him now... Apparently, … [Read more...]

Andy Crouch on Anabaptists and Power [Patheos Book Club]

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[ This post is part of the Patheos Book Club discussion of Playing God ] I recently had the opportunity to interview Andy Crouch about his new book PLAYING GOD: REDEEMING THE GIFT OF POWER (IVP Books, Fall 2013).  My interview appears in the current print issue of The Englewood Review of Books, but there was a sizable chunk of the interview that had to be trimmed to fit the allocated space, so I thought I would share a couple of questions related to the Anabaptist tradition here. Andy's responses to these questions was not necessarily what I would have … [Read more...]

Help Pick the Worst Christian Book Covers of 2013!

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Last year, the assistant editor of The Englewood Review of Books and I, picked the 12 worst Christian book covers of 2012. (Be sure to check them out if you haven't already!) This year we are going to be making a list for 2013, but we need your help to make this year's list better and even funnier. So, The Englewood Review is running a contest to get your recommendations for worst Christian book cover and to allow you to vote for your favorite contest entries.... [ CLICK HERE to enter and vote on contest entries... ] Here's a slideshow of some of the worst covers from last year and some … [Read more...]

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Judith Valente – ATCHISON BLUE – Review (Patheos Book Club)

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[ This post is part of the Patheos Book Club discussion of Atchison Blue ] A Guest Review of Atchison Blue: A Search for Silence, a Spiritual Home, and a Living Faith Judith Valente By my friend, Heidi Haverkamp Paperback: Ave Maria Press, 2013 Buy now:  [ Amazon  ]  [ Kindle ] This review originally appeared on The Englewood Review of Books website... Conversatio: The Work of Everyday Life The stained-glass windows of the Mount Saint Scholastica Monastery chapel are a striking grey-blue. They were made in the mid-20th century by a German immigrant and artist … [Read more...]

Meredith Gould’s THE SOCIAL MEDIA GOSPEL [Patheos Book Club]

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[ This post is part of the Patheos Book Club discussion of The Social Media Gospel ]   Slow Church and a number of related projects of mine in recent years have focused on the central themes of connection, community and conversation.  Given that all three of these themes converge online in social media, I am always eager to see what others are saying about churches and their use of social media.  Meredith Gould's book The Social Media Gospel: Sharing the Good News in New Ways is the latest in a loose series of recent books that explain social media to churches, and help them … [Read more...]

Eyes of the Heart: A Photographic Journey Toward Receptivity

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[ This post is part of the Patheos Book Club discussion of Christine Valters Paintner's book EYES OF THE HEART ] [ Buy the Book ... ] One of the key facets of what John and I are calling Slow Church is the idea that creation operates as a gift economy: i.e., that all life is created and sustained by God.  Our call as humans is to live gratefully within the broader economy of creation.  Part of a life of gratitude is the living of a receptive life, in which we are wondrously attentive to the abundant gifts of God that surround us at any given moment. The challenge to living such a life, … [Read more...]


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