G.K. Chesterton on Santa Claus

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I love G.K. Chesterton's take on Santa Claus. I wrote this blog post a couple years ago about my daughter, fairy tales, and why I like Chesterton's perspective so much:Molly is three now, and her excitement over Christmas is infectious. She learned the Christmas story this year, mostly from her grandmother, who helped her make finger puppets of Jesus, Mary and Joseph, the shepherds, wise men, and the angel. A glittery horse and plastic monkey are the only animals in the manger. Molly is able to shoehorn Santa Claus into the incarnation somehow, but Kate and I don't go out of our way to … [Read more...]

Nurturing and Strengthening Gratitude [Living Into Community #3]

Living into Community - Christine Pohl

This is the third in an Advent series of eight posts that will wind their way through Christine Pohl’s new book Living into Community: Cultivating Practices that Sustain Us (Eerdmans 2012 Buy now: Amazon // Kindle ).  This book was chosen as The Englewood Review’s Book of the Year for 2012, and as I hope will become abundantly clear over the Advent season, it fits very well with what John and I have been describing as Slow Church.[ Read an Excerpt of LIVING INTO COMMUNITY ]The Previous Post in the Series… After a chapter on the complications that surround the practice of gr … [Read more...]

Waiting in Expectation for the Transformation of the World [Living Into Community #2]

Living into Community - Christine Pohl

This is the second in an Advent series of eight posts that will wind their way through Christine Pohl’s new book Living into Community: Cultivating Practices that Sustain Us (Eerdmans 2012 Buy now: Amazon // Kindle ).  This book was chosen as The Englewood Review’s Book of the Year for 2012, and as I hope will become abundantly clear over the Advent season, it fits very well with what John and I have been describing as Slow Church.[ Read an Excerpt of LIVING INTO COMMUNITY ]The First Post in the Series...In the season of Advent, we await the coming of Jesus, in whom healing and tran … [Read more...]

When Gratitude Gets Complicated [Gratitude Series - #2]

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This week I am doing a daily series on gratitude, since this virtue plays a vital role in our understanding of Slow Church, and since of course, our readers in the U.S. will celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday later this week…Yesterday's post: Rooted in God's AbundanceAlso, Top Ten Books on Cultivating Gratitude... (via Englewood Review of Books)I'll admit, I'm a little wary of people who are effervescently thankful for things in their lives -- especially on Facebook at this time of year.  Well, OK, I am pretty suspicious of most people who are effervescent about anything.  In a blo … [Read more...]


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