Indiana’s New RFRA Bill Hits Home on Indy’s Near Eastside


An article broke in the Indianapolis Star this afternoon, announcing that in response to Indiana's newly signed RFRA bill, major corporation Angie's List would be cancelling plans for an expansion to their campus on Indianapolis's Near Eastside.Key bits of the Star article: "The proposed expansion of the online consumer ratings service was touted to add 1,000 good-paying jobs over five years and help revitalize a struggling Eastside neighborhood.""Angie's List is open to all and discriminates against none," [Angie's List CEO Bill] Oesterle said, "and we are hugely disappointed in what … [Read more...]

Slow Church Stories: Salem Alliance Church

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Over the next couple of weeks, we will be sharing a number of stories of churches whose life together embodies some facet of Slow Church.  We hope these stories will stretch your imagination about what a Slow Church looks like.  Salem Alliance Church (Salem, OR  -- Where John's parents are members) *** Check out SLOW CHURCH on the Patheos Book Club this week...My (John’s) parents go to Salem Alliance, a large Christian and Missionary Alliance church in downtown Salem, which is about twenty-five minutes from my town of Silverton. Not long ago, Salem Alliance had the oppo … [Read more...]

Imagining Flourishing Communities.

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Here at Englewood Christian Church, we are in the process of discussing details of a proposal for a Senior Housing Development in our neighborhood.  There is a basic vision for the project, and an architect has sketched initial plans: As the first phase of development on the former Crown Laundry site, the Oxford Street Senior Apartments will feature 30-senior units to be housed in a three story building with a modern architectural style. Masonry and cement board construction with flat roofs lend to the classic style desired for the site. The latest in green building techniques will be … [Read more...]

Watershed Discipleship [Earth Day 2014]


 Since today is Earth Day and since I reflected yesterday on some of the ecological themes in in the NOAH movie, I thought it fitting to share an idea that I have recently been introduced to that might help us what church communities might look like that are attentive to their places and creatures, land and ecology of their places.Ched Myers, whom some of you may know from his important commentary on the book of Mark, Binding the Strong Man, or on his work on Sabbath Economics, has recently been exploring the idea of Watershed Discipleship. What is Watershed Discipleship? (via … [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...]

Is It Time for Post-Partisan Politics?

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Is It Time for Post-Partisan Politics? A new AP poll shows that Congress is at its lowest approval rating ever with only 5% of Americans approving of them.   Over the last several years, Congress has shown again and again that they are utterly incapable of dealing with the deepest crises that are presently facing the American people. They repeatedly struggle merely to kick the economic can down the road, much less addressing the underlying economic issues that we are facing, and the U.S. continues to teeter on the brink of economic default. Both parties are pawns of lobbyists with deep … [Read more...]

Storytelling for the health of the church


[Adapted from a script I wrote for a video that IVP made for the Inhabit conference.  My segment didn't get used in the IVP video, but these thoughts are worth sharing here on the blog] My friends at the Parish Collective often speak of the importance of parishes being rooted and linked. These two virtues show us two different ways that storytelling works in our local churches.Storytelling is absolutely essential to the health and flourishing of local parishes. As we seek to be rooted, stories serve to shape our identity—they remind us who we are and how God is at work tr … [Read more...]