Jean Vanier Interview.

Today is the birthday of Jean Vanier, the founder of the L'Arche communities.If there is anyone who could be called a prophet of Slow Church, it is Vanier...Here is an excellent seven-part interview with Vanier (the quality of what Vanier says is excellent, the quality of the video and audio, less so...  Sometimes you may need to turn up the volume to catch what the soft-spoken Vanier is saying...)I recommend starting with this video (Part 7):[ Part 1 - Can Aristotle be a Guide for Life? ]  [ Part 2 - The Heart and the Mind ][ Part 3 - Celebrating Life ]  [ Part 4 … [Read more...]

Review: Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove’s The Awakening of Hope.

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 Congrats to the winners of yesterday's giveaway: Eric Murray, Noell Rathbun, Eric Forsyth, Joyce Garcia and Jim Kelly!This review is part of the Patheos Book Club conversation on Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove's The Awakening of Hope.The Awakening of Hope (Zondervan 2012) is an important book because it calls all church communities into sharing a deeper life together.  While this new book is in line with much of Jonathan's earlier work on new monasticism, its focus on practices and its carefully nuanced language describing these practices set the book up to be widely accessible t … [Read more...]

Slow Reading?

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Last week I wrote an article recommending poetry as one way to help us slow down in our ever-accelerating world.  This piece, "In Defense of Poetry," was published yesterday on RELEVANT magazine's website. (and giving credit where credit is due, this piece was inspired by Phil Kenneson's excellent talk at the Ekklesia Project gathering last month, on which I hope to do a series of reflections here in the near future).But my editor at RELEVANT stuck a little tagline on my article that contains a thought that I cannot get out of my head: "With all the Slow Movements picking up steam, maybe … [Read more...]

Lament and the Aurora theater shooting.

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I heard about the theater shooting in Aurora, Colorado as I was on my way home yesterday from a retreat with my wife.  The news left me speechless; how does one respond to senseless violence on that scale?This morning, as I continued to reflect on this tragic incident, I recalled a very helpful passage in Chris Rice and Emmanuel Katongole's recent book Reconciling All Things (Duke Divinity School Center for Reconciliation / IVP Resources for Reconciliation Series).  I dug up a copy of the book and mulled over the chapter on lament. I had forgotten how the authors had connected lament with s … [Read more...]

Enter to win a copy of Reborn on the Fourth of July (Patheos Book Club)

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Nationalistic faith is one of the "sins of abstraction" that we push back against in the in Slow Church book because in preferring one nation over others, it fails to consider the whole of God's work in reconciling all creation.Thus, I was delighted to see that the current Patheos book club title is Logan Mehl-Laituri's Reborn on the Fourth of July...For decades now, the United States has proudly claimed the mantle of "the world's only superpower" based on military might and the scope of military interventions throughout the world. As a result, whole generations are growing up with the … [Read more...]

Conversation, Identity and Christian Unity.

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I have been keenly following Timothy Dalrymple's posts this week about partisan scorn and his critical response to Rachel Held Evans' well-traveled post “How to Win a Culture War and Lose a Generation”...  Although I'm a bit skeptical of Dalrymple's choice of Evans as an example of  "selling scorn," I'm not really going to comment on their back and forth, as I don't have a stake in either side of that conversation.What was of interest to me, in light of my concern for our churches as hubs of conversation were these excellent three points that Dalrymple offered at the end of his most recent … [Read more...]

Following Christ in a World of Distractions (RIP, Ray Bradbury).

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As you probably have heard by now, Ray Bradbury, author of Fahrenheit 451 and other novels passed away yesterday. (NY TIMES obit)My friend Chase Roden, sent me the following reflection this morning, which I share here, since a key part of what we are calling Slow Church is vigilance and attentiveness to discerning together what is faithfulness and what is distraction.  Thank you, Chase. And R.I.P., Ray BradburyRay Bradbury died on Tuesday. I loved his books as a kid and never really returned to them after high school, but there's one scene -- from Fahrenheit 451 -- that has … [Read more...]


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