Scot McKnight – A Fellowship of Differents [Patheos Book Club]


A Fellowship of Differents: Showing the World God's Design for Life Together Scot McKnight Hardback: Zondervan, 2015 [ This post is part of the Patheos Book Club]  In the Slow Church book, John and I write: Let’s pause for a moment to consider the great diversity of God’s creation. Limiting our focus to Earth—just one of an estimated 100 billion planets in the Milky Way, which is itself just one of at least 175 billion galaxies in the universe—and limiting ourselves even further to dry land, think of the brilliant variety of landscapes, climates, peoples, languages an … [Read more...]

Two Slow Church-related ebooks on sale now!


For these of you who haven't seen it yet, I have been working this year on a new web project:   Today, my search for the best, current ebook deals turned up two important sale ebooks related to Slow Church:   If you read Kindle ebooks, be sure to download both of these. (If you don't... download at least the FREE one, and Amazon has apps that will let you read it on your laptop, iPad, tablet or phone...)   FREE for Kindle (Feb 23-24)… Franchising McChurch: Feeding Our Obsession with Easy Christianity   Thomas White and Jon Mark Y … [Read more...]

Dietrich Bonhoeffer on Slow Church…


Today is the birthday of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, born in Breslau, Prussia in 1906.   I recently discovered the following passage from Bonhoeffer, which gets to the heart of Slow Church. Incidentally, this passage can be found in the book Dietrich Bonhoeffer's Christmas Sermons, which happens to be on sale right now for Kindle! ($3.79)  Waiting is an art that our impatient age has forgotten. It wants to break open the ripe fruit when it has hardly finished planting the shoot. But all too often the greedy eyes are only deceived; the fruit that seemed so precious is still green on … [Read more...]

Justice that Leavens the World.

Locust effect

While in the DC area this week speaking and promoting Slow Church, I had the opportunity this morning to visit a friend of mine who works at International Justice Mission (IJM).  I had the privilege of sitting in on IJM's daily prayer service today, where they shared various facets of their work and offered thanksgiving and requests in prayer.  IJM is doing powerful work around the globe, diligently working for the justice of women, fighting the sex trade, working to end the violence that lies at the root of much poverty and injustice in the world.At the same time, I am reading Scot M … [Read more...]

The Christology of Slow Church?


My friend Tato Sumantri, of Church of the Servant King in Eugene, Oregon (which incidentally hosted one of the Slow Church events that John and I did in the Pacific Northwest in June) recently sent me an email with a couple of very thoughtful questions about the Slow Church book.  This is the second and final post in response to Tato:[ AND HERE is Tato's first question on Sin and Repentance ]  “What does Jesus have to do with any of this [in the Slow Church book]? What is preventing a slow church movement from being just another sociological phenomenon, like the slow food movement? We ar … [Read more...]

J.R. Briggs – FAIL [Patheos Book Club]


[ This post is part of the Patheos Book Club discussion of FAIL ]Fail: Finding Hope and Grace in the Midst of Ministry Failure. J.R. Briggs IVP Books, 2014One of the characteristics of McDonaldization named in sociologist George Ritzer’s important book, The McDonaldization of Society, is the desire for control. As John Pattison and I have argued in the  Slow Church book, the effects of McDonaldization have become deeply entrenched in churches, just as they have in the broader culture.  One of the bitter fruits of the desire for control that I have observed in churches is a deep ave … [Read more...]

Hope for Iraq. For other conflict zones. And for the world.


By now you probably have heard about Jeremy Courtney who launched the hashtag #WeAreN, as a show of solidarity for persecuted Christians in Iraq.   Courtney founded the non-profit Preemptive Love, which works in Iraq, to "[eradicate] the backlog of Iraqi children waiting in line for lifesaving heart surgery" and pursuing "peace between communities at odds."Courtney recently did an interview with Huffington Post Religion editor Paul Rauschenbusch, which grabbed my attention.  Specifically, he said: We need a long-term plan, not just a short-term fix. There are agencies helping Christians, Y … [Read more...]