“Pray Without Ceasing…” [Awkward Christian Signs]

Pray Without Ceasing

I was talking recently to some friends about the nature of prayer, and what it might mean to pray without ceasing (a topic that might merit some reflection on this blog in the near future), but while we were talking, some of them pointed me to this nearby sign... I'm sure the sign is merely a product of careless inattention to what is being said... (which is bad enough in itself) BUT it also stands as a powerful sort of reminder of the many shortcuts we take in our Western Christianity, and how we reduce the Gospel to fit our convenience.  Such shortcuts were a key impetus in John and I … [Read more...]

Slow Church and Comprehensive Community Development ( CCDA talk )

I had the opportunity to do a workshop on Slow Church and Comprehensive Community Development at the Christian Community Development Association (CCDA) conference in New Orleans last Friday.  We had a standing-room only crowd (albeit in a small room), but a very engaged audience with a good questions.  Thanks to all who came out to the workshop! If you weren't able to be there, a condensed version of the talk appears as an essay in the current print issue of The Englewood Review of Books (Subscribers, your issues will be arriving soon.  If you are not a subscriber more info is available … [Read more...]

Scarcity: What do you think?

A brief passage from the Slow Church manuscript (specifically the part on economics). I'd love your input on this... Are there enough resources to sustain creation as a whole?   And regardless, how do we know, if there are or are not? Is this a question that can only be answered theologically? Despite the opulent abundance of creation, the world’s economic systems are built upon a foundation of scarce resources.   Scarcity is explicitly or implicitly given primacy of place in many definitions of economics as a social science. For example, the “most commonly accepted current … [Read more...]

Howard Thurman: Slow Church and Social Liberation

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  This comes from an interview with Dr. Walter Fluker, director and editor of the Howard Thurman Papers Project at Morehouse College, that ran on the Religion and Ethics Newsweekly website. [ Read the full interview... ] This passage also echoes a point that Andy Crouch made about the Civil Rights movement in my interview with him about his forthcoming book: PLAYING GOD: Redeeming the Gift of Power. (HT: Ric Hudgens for pointing me to this... ) Q: Why do you think [Howard Thurman] has been so overlooked or bypassed by many in our society? WF: Our society is fast-paced. … [Read more...]

Pope Francis issues a call for Slow Church!

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In a speech last week to the Bishops of Brazil, Pope Francis spoke eloquently about the timely need for Slow Church... Here's a compelling excerpt from the speech: [ HT to Tim Ross for pointing my attention to this speech... ]   "We are impatient, anxious to see the whole picture, but God lets us see things slowly, quietly. Today, we need a Church capable of walking at people’s side, of doing more than simply listening to them; a Church which accompanies them on their journey; a Church able to make sense of the “night” contained in the flight of so many of our … [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...]

A Conversational Way Forward: Responding to the Exodus of Millennials from our Churches

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Rachel Held Evans has written a wonderful piece for the CNN Belief blog on why Millennials are leaving our churches. It has been in heavy rotation on the social media circuits the last couple of days, but in case you haven't seen it yet, do stop and read it now. From my experience talking to millennials in churches and colleges, I think Rachel has hit the nail on the head.  However, I am a few years older than Rachel (squarely in the middle of Generation X), and I remember very similar pieces being written about why Gen-Xers were leaving churches in the early to mid-1990s. So, maybe … [Read more...]


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