“The Kingdom Will Prevail” A Slow Church-related Sermon on Mark 4:24-34

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This is the sermon that Mike Bowling preached last Sunday (26 Feb 2012) here at Englewood Christian Church. It is one of the most hopeful and energizing sermons I have heard in a long time.  It is also a superb reading of Mark 4:24-34 that is in line with what we are calling Slow Church.I've never quite known what to make of v. 24-25:24And he said to them, ‘Pay attention to what you hear; the measure you give will be the measure you get, and still more will be given you. 25For to those who have, more will be given; and from those who have nothing, even what they have will be taken aw … [Read more...]

Submerging Church [Ekklesia Project Guest Post by Lee Wyatt]

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[ On July 5-7, The Ekklesia Project will hold its annual gathering in Chicago, which will be on the theme of Slow Church.  Between now and July, we will be running a series of lguest reflections here by folks connected with the E.P. We've asked guest posters to reflect on the meaning of Slow Church from their own local contexts. More info on the E.P. gathering.  ] Today's reflection, the first in the series, is by Lee Wyatt.Though we live (or have lived) in the age of the Emerging/Emergent Church, I have a different proposal for a new vision of church. I call it the Submerging Church! Am I … [Read more...]

Wendell Berry on the Necessity of Limits.

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I'm settling in with friends old and new at the Convent in Cincinnati for a writers' retreat this week.  I'm hoping to make some much-needed progress on the chapters of the Slow Church book that I'm writing.I have taken the opportunity this weekend before and on my way to the retreat to read some of what Wendell Berry has said about the necessity of limits.  I've been meaning to do so for awhile, but this weekend I stumbled upon this fabulous essay that Berry wrote in 2008 for Harpers Magazine -- Faustian Economics: Hell Hath No Limits.  This is a short essay and well worth re … [Read more...]

Becoming Conversational #6 – Spread the “Pastoral” Work of the Church Around.

The Virtue of Dialogue - C. Christopher Smith

My ebook The Virtue of Dialogue: Conversation as a Hopeful Practice of Church Communities was recently released  by Patheos Press, and in it, I argue that open conversation is essential for the health and flourishing of church communities and the places they inhabit.Over the past week and the current week, I will be running a 10-part series that I am calling "Becoming Conversational" in which I offer suggestions for how churches might enrich the conversational life of their church communities. (Some of these ideas have been adapted from my earlier ebook, Growing Deeper in Our Church … [Read more...]

A Tale of Two Manifestos

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In February 1909, the Italian poet Filippo Tommaso Marinetti published his Futurist Manifesto in the French newspaper Le Figaro. The manifesto exalted the future over the past, violence and aggression over peace and ecstasy, immorality over morality, men over women, the young over the old, the machine over the land, and the known over the unknown. Marinetti also declared that “the splendor of the world has been enriched by a new beauty: the beauty of speed”: … [Read more...]

More on the Drama of Scripture…

Thanks to everyone who added their thoughts to my post on Wednesday.  They have been immensely helpful in thinking about the drama of creation.  A particular thanks to Wes Vander Lugt, who pointed me to the following two books, which I have been devouring over the last couple of days, and finding very helpful.  I'm posting excerpts here, so that you might enjoy them as well...Improvisation: The Drama of Christian Ethics. Sam Wells. Brazos Press, 2004.*** CLICK HERE to read an excerpt from this book on Google BooksThe Drama of Doctrine. Kevin Vanhoozer. WJK Books, 2005. … [Read more...]

The Nature of the Scriptural Story (A Request)

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I'm currently working on a chapter of the Slow Church book on the scriptural story and why we believe that slowness is woven into the very fabric of this story.So, I've been trying to find an image that is helpful in talking about the nature of the scriptural story and how God and humanity interact together.  Here's the  basic image that I've stumbled upon.  (I know it's not completely original, drawing on sources like Bartholomew/Goheen's The Drama of Scripture and Lesslie Newbigin's work.) Creation is a grand drama, of which God is the playwright and director.  One of the distinctive thi … [Read more...]


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