Is Jesus the Answer? [A Reflection on the Slow Church Conference]

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Is Jesus the Answer? A Guest Post By Peter Stevens Last week, I attended the Slow Church Conference. While driving down Keystone Avenue in Indianapolis, I saw a church sign that read, “Jesus is the Answer.” I’ve heard this a million times. Honestly, I’m not a huge fan of the saying. While I understand the intent behind the statement is probably someone trying to share the Gospel, the statement itself seems to fall short. There’s no discussion of how Jesus is the answer or what the question is. I think to many it seems like we are trying to offer Jesus as the solution to any problem without qu … [Read more...]

The Big Table – Living in the Diversity of God’s People

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One of the things that pains me most is the acerbity with which Christians of diverse perspectives treat one another: the mocking, the name-calling, the refusal to talk civilly or to work together.  Since early on in the development of this Slow Church project, I have had an intuition that the act of slowing down and being attentive to those around us might be important baby steps in the direction of narrowing the deep chasms that divide the Body of Christ today.  One of the most exciting things about the recent Slow Church conference was the vast theological diversity of the participants: f … [Read more...]

Willie Jennings – Slow Church Conference – Lecture #1

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Here is the first of the audio recordings from the Slow Church Conference that we hosted last week here at Englewood Christian Church.Our aim for the conference was to foster conversation around the work of several key theologians whose work inspired the Slow Church book that John Pattison and I wrote. [ Download a FREE sampler of the SLOW CHURCH book here... ]Willie Jennings is Associate Professor of Theology and Black Church Studies at Duke Divinity School.  His book The Christian Imagination: Theology and the Origins of Race was named The Most Significant Theological Work … [Read more...]

Scott Thumma: Further Conversation on Sociology and Slow Church.

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You might remember from the recent Religion News Service article, that one of the people interviewed was sociologist of religion Scott Thumma, who said: Scott Thumma, a sociologist of religion at Hartford Seminary in Hartford, Conn., says the slow church movement makes for good theology. But it likely won’t work for most churches, he said, for the same reason that the slow food movement failed to gain mass appeal.“We’d all like to have a slow-cooked, three-hour meal, with locally grown produce,” he said. “But few of us have the time or money for it.”Likewise, few people would be drawn to the i … [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 c … [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...]

Remembering Mr. Rogers.

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  Today marks the 11th anniversary of the death of Fred Rogers (aka, PBS's Mr. Rogers).   John and I have made no secret of the fact that we are big fans of Mr. Rogers, and even refer to him in the Slow Church book -- in reference to his ideas about the formative power of dinner table conversation.We love that his work is situated in a neighborhood, that it is fundamentally about friendship, being attentive always and welcoming everyone as a gift.  Our churches would do well to learn from his example. In memory of Fred Rogers today, I thought it would be appropriate to share a few … [Read more...]


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