Not Just for the Young and Hip…

Slow Church

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!


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.


  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...]

Steven Furtick and the ‘Disneyfication’ of Baptism


A Story About What Slow Church is NOT... Steven Furtick offers much fodder for critique -- the multi-million dollar house, etc. -- but this new story of Elevation's practice of "Spontaneous Baptism" highlighted many of the criticisms of industrialized Christianity that we are raising in the Slow Church book.I was alerted to this story through a report on the WCNC-TV (Charlotte) website: How Elevation Church, Pastor Furtick produce 'spontaneous' baptismsThe whole article is worth reading, but here are some crucial clips:"Elevation Church keeps an exact count of its thousands of … [Read more...]

A Dark Side to Slow Church?


 I have been reading a bunch of articles today on the legacy of John Howard Yoder (what his well-documented incidents of sexual harassment mean for how we interpret his theology).  Lots of good important questions being asked, and many of them related to Slow Church.  For those interested, I started here and was eventually led to this superb two-part article. The most challenging question is: Does the slowness of Slow Church just serve to prop up existing power structures, such as patriarchy, whiteness and heterosexuality?  Is this a dark side to Slow Church? Pa … [Read more...]

Willie Jennings – New Keynote Speaker for the Slow Church Conference!

Willie Jennings

I'm very excited to announce that Willie Jennings of Duke Divinity School has been added as a keynote speaker for the Slow Church Conference here at Englewood Christian Church, April 3-5.[ Have you registered yet?  Our Early Bird Registration price of $99 is good through this Friday Feb 7... Register now and save!] Read my review of Prof. Jennings important book The Christian Imagination...The Christian Imagination: Theology and the Origins of Race.  Yale UP, 2010.  Buy now:  [ Amazon ]  [ Kindle ]  Here is a superb interview that highlights the key themes of the … [Read more...]

Reflecting On The Worst Christian Book Covers of 2013!


The Englewood Review of Books's list of the Worst Christian Book Covers of 2013 went live last week ...Although this list has drawn a huge amount of attention, laughter, and sharing on social media, it also has had some critics.I thought therefore that I would write a bit here about how and why we have done this list (as it has some continuity with John and I's Slow Church project), and hopefully address some of the concerns that critics have raised.One common misconception is that the list is primarily about design. Yes, design is one key piece of our evaluation, but this project … [Read more...]

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