Phil Kenneson – Toward a Theology of Sleep

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Since the Slow Church conference here a few weeks ago, I've been thinking about a tiny point that Phil Kenneson made about sleep, and about how sleep is essential not only to our health (Consider the recent research linking sleep deprivation to ADHD and also to obesity), but also to Christian faithfulness.The recordings of Phil's talk at the Slow Church conference are not yet ready to be posted online, BUT he made very similar remarks in a talk that he gave on Slow Church at the Ekklesia Project Gathering in 2012.   I highly recommend that you download the full text of that talk (or if you … [Read more...]

The most important book of 2013…

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My pick for the most important book of 2013 is the new collection of Wendell Berry's Sabbath Poems, entitled This Day. I'll admit that it was a really close call between this book and David Mikics's volume Slow Reading in a Hurried Age, but Berry's book wins by a nose as it takes a broader view, and offers not only carefully-crafted poems, but a way of living and being in the world.  Slow Reading starts to move in the same direction, but never seems to look much beyond the scope of the reader, his or her book and its author.I posted a sample poem from Berry's collection on this blog … [Read more...]

Slow Church and the Recovery of Culture.

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John pointed out to me recently that Greg Wolfe, editor of IMAGE, gave a passing tip o' the hat to Slow Church in his latest editorial for the journal: [When] you edit a literary quarterly you often encounter people who advise you to give up on such an outmoded and burdensome enterprise: why publish long stories and essays and poems that no one will read in the age of Twitter and blockbuster movies? There are even those far less jaded and more gracious souls who applaud me for publishing such a “scholarly” journal.Whether cynical or sweet, the implication is that what you will find in the … [Read more...]

Lenten Reading: Against Religion

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 The thing that I have been most struck by as I have read the Sermon on the Mount (SOTM) repeatedly over the last few weeks, is how ambivalent it is toward what we call religion (or even at times, the text seems specifically anti-religious).  I'm thinking here especially of Chapter 6 (v 1-18) and chapter 7 ( v. 15-29).One of the shortcuts that "Industrialized" Western Christian has taken over the last century or more is to make an increasingly big deal about the weekly (or bi-weekly, etc) worship service: about exactly the sorts of things that Jesus instructs against -- worship … [Read more...]

A Sabbath Calendar

I've been reading Dan Allender's book Sabbath (part of Thomas Nelson's Ancient Practices Series) for a chapter I'm writing on the subject. Allender says that once the Sabbath ends, the next three days can be for reflection, "a remembering of the day." The three days before Sabbath can be for anticipation and planning. I love this because it puts Sabbath at the center of our experience of time and of course our worship of God.I mentioned this to my wife, and she had an interesting idea. She suggested we come up with a calendar for our family that puts Sunday (our Sabbath day) in the middle … [Read more...]


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