The Gospel of the Coffee Bean


[ I'm taking a break today from the "Slow Church and the Urgency of Justice" series, which should return in the next couple of days]There's a chapter in the forthcoming book that John and I are calling "Taste and See that the Lord is Good."  Here's a snapshot of the basic theme of the chapter: God created us to flourish and to know the joy of life.  Just as something is lost in the taste and experience of a fast food meal, so too a key part of what is lost in the industrialization of Christianity is the joy of being together, of knowing and being known in community.  Industrialized Ch … [Read more...]

Favor: Growing Deeper in Our Church Communities


My ebook Growing Deeper in Our Church Communities: 50 Ideas for Connection in a Disconnected Age is FREE for Kindle this weekend (through 11:59PM PT on Sunday).First of all, download a copy if you don't have one already: Deeper (written in early 2010), was one of my first attempts to explore the practices that contribute to a deeper and richer life together in our church communities, and in that way contains some of the seeds of Slow Church.  Until the Slow Church book is released later this year (Lord willing!), there are two little books that t … [Read more...]

The Cross and the AK-47?


Debates about gun control are raging in the wake of yet another mass shooting.  The issues surrounding these recent shootings are complex, mental illness, a culture shaped by recreational violence and yes, of  course, access to guns. I don't really want to debate gun control right now; in fact, I'm not opposed to all guns.  What I am opposed to, however, is the fear that drives people to own (and defend the ownership of) guns that are intended for nothing other than the taking of human life.  And this fear is a theological issue that must be addressed among Christians... I'm laying down a cha … [Read more...]

Being Together as the Church.


There is a group of us here at Englewood Christian Church who have been reading and reflecting on the Sermon on the Mount together over the summer.  Last night, we had the opportunity as part of our Sunday Night Conversation (You can read more about that here...) to share our reflections with the church community.   Our conversation -- both in the smaller group over the summer and with the larger church last night focused on the Beatitudes at the beginning of the Sermon (Matt. 5: 1-11).  I wanted to share a few thoughts here that I brought up in our conversation last night, as they are related … [Read more...]

Missional Without The Church?


 Tony Jones recently posted some harsh critiques of homeschooling (“Death to Homeschooling!” and “Why Homeschoolers Don’t Understand Missional”) that have been generating quite a bit of backlash and conversation. Jamie Arpin-Ricci, for instance, has offers some great thoughts in response: "Missional Implications of Education."I agree with Tony that there some screwed up thoughts driving the way that some folks do homeschooling, but as a number of people have noted (including Mark Van Steenwyk) there are a wide range of ideologies that compel people to homeschool, and in that sense … [Read more...]

The Roadblocks to Sustainability and How we Begin to Tackle Them


David Owen has long been one of our favorite thinkers here at Englewood; his book Green Metropolis was selected by The Englewood Review of Books as one of the Best Books of 2009.  [ Read our review // Watch a video of a lecture related to the book ]I was recently alerted to the fact that he published a new book earlier this year (that somehow slipped under our radar), entitled: The Conundrum: How Scientific Innovation, Increased Efficiency, and Good Intentions Can Make Our Energy and Climate Problems Worse Paperback: Riverhead Books, 2012. Buy now:  [ Amazon ]  [ Kindle ]I was blown … [Read more...]

Jean Vanier Interview.

Today is the birthday of Jean Vanier, the founder of the L'Arche communities.If there is anyone who could be called a prophet of Slow Church, it is Vanier...Here is an excellent seven-part interview with Vanier (the quality of what Vanier says is excellent, the quality of the video and audio, less so...  Sometimes you may need to turn up the volume to catch what the soft-spoken Vanier is saying...)I recommend starting with this video (Part 7):[ Part 1 - Can Aristotle be a Guide for Life? ]  [ Part 2 - The Heart and the Mind ][ Part 3 - Celebrating Life ]  [ Part 4 … [Read more...]