A Hymn for Election Day.

 It's probably a sin of the deepest sacrilege to connect a song of this extraordinary beauty with Election Day...But I can't stop thinking about how relevant it is...Here's just a few snippets:"What a beautiful piece of heartache This has all turned out to be Lord knows we've learned the hard way All about healthy apathy" … [Read more...]

The Hope-full Politics of the Table

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 The following is a reflection that I will share tomorrow night as part of the Election Day Communion service here at Englewood Christian Church.Why celebrate communion on election day?To do so is not merely a religious act, we have intentionally chosen to break bread together -- not to have a worship or prayer service (good as those things are).  Tonight on the eve of this election day, we are celebrating our unity in seeking the Kingdom of God together.  But for many people, I imagine, the Kingdom of God is an abstract and nebulous thing.  Perhaps we should think of the Ki … [Read more...]

“Islands of Patience in a World of Speed” [Ekklesia Project Recordings]

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This is the first in a series of reflections on the talks on Slow Church given at the Ekklesia Project Gathering at DePaul University last month.  I am listening to them and taking notes in preparation for an article on Slow Church that I'm writing for Sojourners.  I invite you to listen along with me... (FYI: I'm not listening to the talks in the order they were given...) A Conversation Between Kyle Childress and Stanley Hauerwas [ Click Here to Listen ] A good chunk of this conversation focused on the role of the pastor in a church, which wasn't terribly interesting to me.Stanley says … [Read more...]

Recovering a Politics of Lament in Our Faith Communities

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An article that I wrote for the Huffington Post went live today...This article is a followup to my blog series here last week on lamenting the Aurora shooting...Also, if these reflections on lament have resonated with you, you should check out my friend Tripp Hudgins' recent thoughts in the same direction...  Recovering a Politics of Lament in Our Faith Communities C. Christopher Smith, Senior Editor, The Englewood Review of Books One of the most disturbing things about the American public's reaction to the recent theater shooting in Aurora was the speed at which the … [Read more...]

Chick-fil-A: Are boycotts (and anti-boycott appreciations) faithful politics?

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Facebook is abuzz today (as it has been for over a week) with people showing their support or their distaste for Chick-Fil-A and president Dan Cathy's recent statement of opposition to gay marriage.  I'm not going to take sides here, but I do want to challenge those who identify as Christians with the question of whether boycotts are ways of engaging those with whom we disagree that fit with our call to follow in the way of Jesus?A boycott is, in essence, returning evil for evil; you have said or done something that has hurt me, so I will retaliate at your economic existence by … [Read more...]

Lament, Confession and The Politics of Jesus.

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This is the third Slow Church post in a short series about Lament and the Aurora Theater Shooting... You can read the previous posts here:  [ Part I ]  [ Part II ]"To learn to lament is to become people who stay near to the wounds of the world, singing over them and washing them, allowing the unsettling cry of pain to be heard."   -- Chris Rice / Emmanuel Katongole RECONCILING ALL THINGSContinuing our reflection on what it means to lament, I want to focus now on locating lament. Generally speaking, where and how does it happen?  I want to start with an insightful comment that my fri … [Read more...]

What Does it Mean to Lament?

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This post is a follow-up to Saturday's post on Lament and the Aurora Theater shooting.Over the last couple of days, I have realized that lament is such a foreign concept for many of us as Westerners that I might have been making too big of a leap in assuming that people knew what I meant by lament.  So, I offer a few more thoughts here about what lament is and what it might mean for us to lament the recent theater shooting in Aurora.To lament is to come alongside those who grieve, to sit with them (literally or figuratively) in the silence and to recognize there that in God's … [Read more...]


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