Options for the Coming Age: Benedict, Jeremiah, Both, or Neither?

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There's been a rich conversation recently that I wanted to draw your attention to because of its pertinence to Slow Church.In the face of fragmenting modern culture, Rod Dreher wrote a compelling piece almost a year ago on "The Benedict Option": Should [Christians] take what might be called the “Benedict Option”: communal withdrawal from the mainstream, for the sake of sheltering one’s faith and family from corrosive modernity and cultivating a more traditional way of life? More recently Samuel Goldman has offered a different option, that of the biblical prophet Jeremiah, which I take to … [Read more...]

Relationally-Based Community Development [Economics of Church and Seminary #3]

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We’re delighted to have a guest post today (the third in a series of three) by Justin Barringer, who was featured in David Wheeler’s article in The Atlantic about the effects of seminary debt.  *** You can find the previous posts in this series here… ***Relationally-Based Community Development and Social Enterprise Justin BarringerA while back I sat down with several of my homeless and formerly homeless neighbors to talk about our community. We talked about many things, about who was providing helpful goods and services, which churches were welcoming, the strengths of our neighb … [Read more...]

A Community of Simple Living [Economics of Church and Seminary #2]

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 We’re delighted to have a guest post today (the second in a series of three) by Justin Barringer, who was featured in David Wheeler’s article in The Atlantic about the effects of seminary debt.  *** You can find the previous posts in this series here… ***  As the church has been caught up in this nightmare, we have, perhaps oddly, insisted that clergy are somehow supposed to be uniquely able and expected to avoid the snares of upward mobility. As folks were suggesting in the comments on the Atlantic article, clergy are not supposed to be in it for the money. In fact, it was … [Read more...]

Hope for Iraq. For other conflict zones. And for the world.

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By now you probably have heard about Jeremy Courtney who launched the hashtag #WeAreN, as a show of solidarity for persecuted Christians in Iraq.   Courtney founded the non-profit Preemptive Love, which works in Iraq, to "[eradicate] the backlog of Iraqi children waiting in line for lifesaving heart surgery" and pursuing "peace between communities at odds."Courtney recently did an interview with Huffington Post Religion editor Paul Rauschenbusch, which grabbed my attention.  Specifically, he said: We need a long-term plan, not just a short-term fix. There are agencies helping Christians, Y … [Read more...]

Jen Pollock Michel – Teach us to Want [Patheos Book Club]

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 [ This post is part of the Patheos Book Club discussion of Teach Us to Want ]Teach Us to Want: Longing, Ambition, and the Life of Faith Jen Pollock Michel IVP Books, 2014In her debut book, Jen Pollock Michel offers us an exquisite meditation on what it means to be human, to walk the tightrope between dismissing our desires as evil and wholly abandoning ourselves to them. Teach us to Want is a compelling mix of personal narrative and biblical reflection that ever-so-gently nudges us into deeper contemplation of our desires, the God who created us to desire and the ends towards which … [Read more...]

Will you help spread the word about Slow Church?

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Have you read the Slow Church book already?   Or are you in the process of reading it?   We'd love for you to help spread the word about the Slow Church conversation...   Here are several things that would be very helpful:   1) Once you have finished the book, post a brief review to Amazon and/or Goodreads.2) Does your church library have a copy of Slow Church?  If not, buy a copy for the library. Or recommend it if the library has a budget for acquisitions.3) Does your public library have a copy (or copies) of Slow Church? If not, recommend it to them.  … [Read more...]

Slow Church and the Missional Movement

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[Note: This is the first in a series of posts about some of the best, and sometimes most frequent, questions Chris and I are fielding while we are on tour talking about the book. Our blog posts are only part of the discussion. More than anything, we'd like to hear how you would respond. We'll be checking the comments frequently!]Earlier this month I had the privilege to participate in a conversation at Warner Pacific College on the theme of “rethinking church”. The event, curated by Tony Kriz and Michelle Lang, was lively and engaging and just a blast. The other featured guests that night w … [Read more...]


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