The Cross and the AK-47?

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Debates about gun control are raging in the wake of yet another mass shooting.  The issues surrounding these recent shootings are complex, mental illness, a culture shaped by recreational violence and yes, of  course, access to guns. I don't really want to debate gun control right now; in fact, I'm not opposed to all guns.  What I am opposed to, however, is the fear that drives people to own (and defend the ownership of) guns that are intended for nothing other than the taking of human life.  And this fear is a theological issue that must be addressed among Christians... I'm laying down a cha … [Read more...]

Agrarian News…

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It's no secret that agrarian thought has deeply shaped both John and I in our thoughts about Slow Church. Wendell Berry, the foremost agrarian of our times, is essential to this project, as is the work of Norman Wirzba, Ellen Davis, Wes Jackson and others... I wanted to share a number of new resources with you that will be helpful in understanding agrarianism and how it relates to Slow Church...At its heart, agrarianism is about reconciling with the land and with all creation (or to borrow the title of Norman Wirzba and Fred Bahnson's recent book, Making Peace with the Land.)If you … [Read more...]

What if Columbus and Cortez had their own Reality TV Show?

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We were staying with relatives this weekend and while flipping through the channels on Friday night, we stumbled upon the premier of the new Discovery Channel show, Jungle Gold. The premise of the show is that two Americans, who are in over their heads in debt (to the tune of over a half million dollars) after trying to get rich in Real Estate before the housing bubble burst, are headed to Ghana to make quick money mining gold.  A trailer for the show is available above. … [Read more...]

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...]


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