[Daily Advent Reflection] The Immense Joy of Christ’s Victory

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The Immense Joy of Christ’s Victory Slow Church Daily Advent Reflection. Chris Smith. Revelation 18 Tuesday November 29, 2011Joy to the world! The Lord is come Let earth receive her King! Let every heart prepare him room And heaven and nature singJoy to the earth! The Saviour reigns Let men their songs employ While fields and floods, rocks, hills, and plains Repeat the sounding joyJoy To The World by Sufjan StevensThese daily Slow Church Advent Reflections are based on the Daily Readings of the Revised Common Lectionary (Year B). We love for you to read a … [Read more...]

[Daily Advent Reflection] Fear Not!

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Fear Not! Slow Church Daily Advent Reflection. Chris Smith. Micah 4:1-5 Monday November 28, 2011What are you running from, my love? What’s this thing you're guilty of? Follow me and never feel accusedBut you never do believe a word I say And you never did believe there'd be day of reckoningSo you run and you run and you run and you never stop And you work and you work until you drop You're in over your head and the pressure just don't quit But you can't escape the reach of love-- The Call, “You Run” - Listen:  [ Youtube ] These daily Slow Church Advent Reflections ar … [Read more...]

“Get Ready, A Baby is Coming” A Reflection for the First Sunday of Advent

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"Get Ready, A Baby is Coming" A Reflection for the First Sunday of Advent By Ragan SutterfieldA couple of weeks ago it was a full moon and so, though I knew better than to believe the idea, I watched my wife Emily for signs of impending labor.  The same thing happens when it rains, after a walk, or after a particularly hearty meal of spicy food.  We are in those final days, the waiting, watching days when the old euphemism “expecting” fits our experience with a vengeance.  Tonight, tomorrow, a week from now—our daughter could be here.We've been preparing and preparing and preparin … [Read more...]

Daily Slow Church Advent Reflections.

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Starting on Monday (Nov. 28), Chris Smith will be coordinating a daily series of reflections here on the daily lectionary texts throughout the season of Advent.Advent is too often a season when the pace of life speeds up instead of slowing down.  Through these Advent reflections, we hope to challenge ourselves to slow down, be attentive and remember all the gifts of life that surround us daily.To be sure you don’t miss these reflections, connect with  the Slow Church blog on Facebook, Twitter or by entering your email address over on the righthand sidebar. … [Read more...]

Video: Walter Brueggemann – “Slow Wisdom as a Sub-Version of Reality”

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Walter Brueggemann is one of the first theologians that I think of when I think of Slow Church, yet I had never heard him explicitly use the language of Slow, until I saw this video from Baylor University (It's 67 minutes long, but well worth it!) … [Read more...]

Embracing Failure: A Reflection by Derek Penwell

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This reflection is reposted here with the permission of the author. It originally appeared on the Dmergent blog.Wrestling with our fear of failing and learning to fail graciously is essential to the concept of Slow Church that we are exploring here, and we are honored to repost this excellent piece. My Dirty Secret I have a secret fear. I don’t like to talk about it, because I find it embarrassing. I’m afraid of looking stupid. I don’t like to be laughed at. As a professor, I operate with a low-grade fear that at any moment one of my students will pipe up and say, “That’s not correct … [Read more...]

The Deeper and Richer Life of Gratitude.

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I wrote the following piece earlier this week for the lectionary blog of the Ekklesia Project.  Thought I'd re-post it here as gratitude is a key virtue of a Slow Church, and because the text will be one used tomorrow in many churches that follow the Revised Common Lectionary.(Also, the Ekklesia Project's annual gathering next summer in Chicago --dates in early July, TBA soon -- is on the theme of "Slow Church: Abiding Together in the Patient Work of God."  More info will be available soon...) Twentieth Sunday After Pentecost Psalm 107:1-7, 33-37 “O give thanks to the Lord, for he is … [Read more...]


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