The Parable of the Old Runner

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There's an old runner I know who recently shared a story that I think will be helpful for churches that desire to be healthy. (Actually, it probably would be helpful for all communities: neighborhoods, other faith communities, etc., but this is the Slow CHURCH blog after all and our audience here is mostly Christian).  The Old Runner realized earlier this year that after over a decade of pretty-much-not-running, he had grown fat and out-of-shape. So, he worked hard for several months, and started running regularly, and felt himself getting back into decent shape, and worked up to … [Read more...]

Slow Church, Sin and Repentance.

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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 last month) recently sent me an email with a couple of very thoughtful questions about the Slow Church book.  I will be answering these questions here over the next week.  Here is the first one:“[You] make scant reference to sin and repentance. On a whole, Slow Church: Cultivating Community in the Patient Way of Jesus reads as one option among many to live out life in Christ, but nothing is really at stake. In his Rom … [Read more...]

Jen Pollock Michel – Teach us to Want [Patheos Book Club]

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 [ This post is part of the Patheos Book Club discussion of Teach Us to Want ]Teach Us to Want: Longing, Ambition, and the Life of Faith Jen Pollock Michel IVP Books, 2014In her debut book, Jen Pollock Michel offers us an exquisite meditation on what it means to be human, to walk the tightrope between dismissing our desires as evil and wholly abandoning ourselves to them. Teach us to Want is a compelling mix of personal narrative and biblical reflection that ever-so-gently nudges us into deeper contemplation of our desires, the God who created us to desire and the ends towards which … [Read more...]

Tom Sine Interviews us About Slow Church

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While we were on the road promoting the Slow Church book in June, one of our events was hosted in Seattle by the venerable Tom and Christine Sine.Before the evening's events kicked off, Tom recorded a video interview with us about the book.   Watch this conversation in three brief parts below, and be sure to watch the 3rd segment in which John turns the tables and poses a question to Tom!  Segment 1:    Segment 2:      Segment 3: (John turns the tables on Tom...)      … [Read more...]

Giveaway: Five Books for Five-Stars

Last Friday, Slow Church received its 20th five-star review on Amazon. (It now has 22 five-star reviews.) We’ve been humbled by this outpouring of support.To say thank you, we’re giving away five books, all to one person! Because we think Slow Church is a book best read in community, someone will receive four copies to read with their church, Sunday school class, book club, or wherever they discuss books. They will also receive one copy of The New Parish, a book we often urge folks to read in conjunction with ours.Here’s how to enter the drawing:On Facebook or Twitter, answer this q … [Read more...]

Will you help spread the word about Slow Church?

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Have you read the Slow Church book already?   Or are you in the process of reading it?   We'd love for you to help spread the word about the Slow Church conversation...   Here are several things that would be very helpful:   1) Once you have finished the book, post a brief review to Amazon and/or Goodreads.2) Does your church library have a copy of Slow Church?  If not, buy a copy for the library. Or recommend it if the library has a budget for acquisitions.3) Does your public library have a copy (or copies) of Slow Church? If not, recommend it to them.  … [Read more...]

Celebrate Interdependence Day 2014!

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7 Essential Books for Understanding Interdependence as Christians  I've recently read Fred Lehr's book on Clergy Burnout.  What's striking about this book is that he describes burnout not simply as function of unhealthy clergy, but as a codependent relationship between pastor(s) and laity. Congregations that expect their pastors to over-perform are often enabled to do less work than we have been called to do as members of Christ’s Body. Lehr also suggests that the journey from unhealthy congregations to healthy ones is marked by a shift in the clergy/laity relationship from co … [Read more...]


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