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...]

Willie Jennings – Slow Church Conference – Lecture #1

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Here is the first of the audio recordings from the Slow Church Conference that we hosted last week here at Englewood Christian Church.Our aim for the conference was to foster conversation around the work of several key theologians whose work inspired the Slow Church book that John Pattison and I wrote. [ Download a FREE sampler of the SLOW CHURCH book here... ]Willie Jennings is Associate Professor of Theology and Black Church Studies at Duke Divinity School.  His book The Christian Imagination: Theology and the Origins of Race was named The Most Significant Theological Work … [Read more...]

Why I Don’t Go To Church

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There has been a lot of buzz online in recent days about the value of church attendance.  Initiated by a pair of posts by Donald Miller, ( The initial post... and the followup.), who bravely confessed that he rarely goes to church, Miller's posts were followed up by this piece on Christianity Today's PARSE blog, which dug a little deeper but had more of the feel of an expose, and didn't get to the heart of what seems (to me anyway) to be the crucial issues about church.I appreciate Donald's honesty -- and Brian McLaren's as well, in response to the PARSE piece -- and I have no interest … [Read more...]

Slow Church Conference – Indianapolis – April 3-5

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We're excited to announce that we will be hosting a conference on Slow Church at Englewood Christian Church in Indianapolis, April 3-5 (that's a Thursday evening through mid-day Saturday).   John and I will be the curators of this event, and our aim is to introduce people to theologians whose work has given shape to Slow Church, to draw connections between the work of these thinkers and most importantly, to allow ample time and space for participants to engage in conversation with the basic ideas of Slow Church.   We are offering an Early Bird registration price of only … [Read more...]

Further Conversation on Andy Crouch’s PLAYING GOD

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So David Fitch initiated a new conversation on his blog today about Andy Crouch's new book PLAYING GOD...Affirming much of what Andy offers in the book, David raises the following concern: All this to say, Crouch’s book is good but Crouch’s book is dangerous. Some may read it and take it as a Christian user’s manual for power and then go out and use their power in a more benevolent way in their businesses or places of work and think they can redeem the world. It may lead us to think that once we get our understanding of power sorted out we can go out and better exercise it. It may lead us … [Read more...]

From Frankenstein’s Monster to The Body of Christ

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 I have had several conversations over the last week that reminded me how little regard we have for the church as the body of Christ.In reflecting on those conversations, I began to wonder if Dr. Frankenstein's monster might be a fitting image for how we typically think of the body of Christ: a collection of parts, thrown together (and easily interchangeable) and animated by some external, mystical force like a lightning bolt.Having been deeply formed by the individualism of Western Culture, we are trained to narrate our lives primarily as individuals and to think of … [Read more...]

Scarcity: What do you think?

A brief passage from the Slow Church manuscript (specifically the part on economics). I'd love your input on this... Are there enough resources to sustain creation as a whole?   And regardless, how do we know, if there are or are not? Is this a question that can only be answered theologically? Despite the opulent abundance of creation, the world’s economic systems are built upon a foundation of scarce resources.   Scarcity is explicitly or implicitly given primacy of place in many definitions of economics as a social science. For example, the “most commonly accepted current definition” is fro … [Read more...]


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