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...]

Steven Furtick and the ‘Disneyfication’ of Baptism

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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?

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 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!

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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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Further Conversation on Andy Crouch’s PLAYING GOD

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So David Fitch initiated a new conversation on his blog today about Andy Crouch's new book PLAYING GOD...Affirming much of what Andy offers in the book, David raises the following concern: All this to say, Crouch’s book is good but Crouch’s book is dangerous. Some may read it and take it as a Christian user’s manual for power and then go out and use their power in a more benevolent way in their businesses or places of work and think they can redeem the world. It may lead us to think that once we get our understanding of power sorted out we can go out and better exercise it. It may lead us … [Read more...]

Alan Hirsch offers the first blurb for the Slow Church book!

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We received our first blurb for the Slow Church book today... from Alan Hirsch: "Chris and John have done a fantastic job of envisioning a wholesomely sustainable, spiritually alluring, and thoroughly kingdom-centric church that is simply fulfilling its purpose of witnessing to Jesus in the rhythms of God’s grace. I just have to join in! An inspiring read."Funny story about this.  When I inquired with Alan about the blurb, he said he'd be willing to write one, but might not get it done within the timeframe we needed it.  He joked that life was a bit "fast" for him now... Apparently, by fas … [Read more...]


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