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...]

Cultivating Economic Peace in an Age of Instability

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I turned on the radio this morning, and the airwaves were full of speculation about whether the U.S. economy would default, and if so, when... In sharp contrast, I am pleased to share this stunningly poignant piece that my friend Jim Aldrich recently wrote about how we have tried to cultivate a different sort of economy as a church community at Englewood Christian Church. The convictions that Jim expresses here lie at the heart of what we describe as the Slow Church economy.Twenty or so years ago we (at Englewood Christian Church) began a prolonged conversation; one that continues at … [Read more...]

Pope Francis in Conversation with Slow Food’s Carlo Petrini

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We reported this summer that Pope Francis had advocated for churches to slow down.This week, Slow Food International founder, Carlo Petrini reported that he recently received a phone call from the pope.Petrini says: We also talked about the farming world. Pope Francis wanted to emphasize how precious the good practices of rural communities are to the world’s destiny. On this subject in particular, the Pope had strong words: “The work of these people is extraordinary,” he said. “Accumulating money must not be the primary goal. My grandmother used to tell me that when you die, your shrou … [Read more...]

Barbarians At The Gate?

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The recent government shutdown, frustrating as it is, should not really come as all that big of a surprise. In Western culture – and particularly in the United States – we have been cultivating habits for many decades that are dissolving our capacity to talk civilly and live peaceably with our neighbors, and especially our neighbors who differ from us in prominent ways: politics, economic status, race, sexual identity, etc.  This history has been chronicled over the last thirty years by important books such as Habits of the Heart by the late Robert Bellah and others, Bowling Alone by Robert Pu … [Read more...]

Lent 2013 – Two Slow Church-related Articles

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Fasting toward the Common Good Chris recently wrote an article for The Good Men Project, which begins:Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of the season of Lent for Christians around the globe. Based on the example of Jesus, who fasted for 40 days in the wilderness, Lent is the season leading up to Easter that has traditionally been understood as a time of fasting. Today, many Christians have reduced the practice of fasting during Lent to giving up some luxury — chocolate, alcohol, coffee, or television — for the duration of the season. Although such sacrifices are fasts of sorts, it is par … [Read more...]

Lent: 40 Days of the Sermon on the Mount

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John had the great idea recently to read the Sermon on the Mount every day for Lent...Here's his thoughts: Gandhi read the Sermon on the Mount every day for decades. He said that when he first read it, it went straight to his heart. He believed it encapsulated the message of Jesus and he was inspired by its message of nonviolence. It endeared Jesus to him, and he once said, "Christ’s Sermon on the Mount fills me with bliss even today. Its sweet verses have even today the power to quench my agony of soul." For Lent this year, some friends and I are taking some inspiration from Gandhi a … [Read more...]

Favor: Growing Deeper in Our Church Communities

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My ebook Growing Deeper in Our Church Communities: 50 Ideas for Connection in a Disconnected Age is FREE for Kindle this weekend (through 11:59PM PT on Sunday).First of all, download a copy if you don't have one already:  http://amzn.to/GrowingDeeperGrowing Deeper (written in early 2010), was one of my first attempts to explore the practices that contribute to a deeper and richer life together in our church communities, and in that way contains some of the seeds of Slow Church.  Until the Slow Church book is released later this year (Lord willing!), there are two little books that t … [Read more...]


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