What is Sustainability?

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Tomorrow I have the opportunity to go an hour or so up the road from here to talk with some students at my alma mater, Taylor University.The primary question that we will tackle will be what is sustainability?  And how do we pursue it?I'm sure we'll have some good conversation along the way.  I will argue that our best hope of a sustainable way of life is in the revival of parish life, (a term I'm borrowing from the good folks at the Parish Collective), by which I mean a rich and distinctive local culture that is catalyzed (but not controlled) by the churches in a particular place. … [Read more...]

Review: Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove’s The Awakening of Hope.

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 Congrats to the winners of yesterday's giveaway: Eric Murray, Noell Rathbun, Eric Forsyth, Joyce Garcia and Jim Kelly!This review is part of the Patheos Book Club conversation on Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove's The Awakening of Hope.The Awakening of Hope (Zondervan 2012) is an important book because it calls all church communities into sharing a deeper life together.  While this new book is in line with much of Jonathan's earlier work on new monasticism, its focus on practices and its carefully nuanced language describing these practices set the book up to be widely accessible t … [Read more...]

Book Giveaway – Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove’s Awakening of Hope.

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Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove's newest book The Awakening of Hope Paperback: Zondervan. is the book of of the month over at the Patheos Book Club.For more on the book, check out Tony Jones' review, and more coverage at the Patheos Book Club...Watch for our review here tomorrow and for an interview with Jonathan about the book in the next print issue of The Englewood Review of Books!Today we're giving away 3 copies of the book, 1 copy of the accompanying DVD (which features Jonathan and Shane Claiborne) and 1 book/DVD combo package!Enter to win a Free copy of this book … [Read more...]

“Islands of Patience in a World of Speed” [Ekklesia Project Recordings]

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This is the first in a series of reflections on the talks on Slow Church given at the Ekklesia Project Gathering at DePaul University last month.  I am listening to them and taking notes in preparation for an article on Slow Church that I'm writing for Sojourners.  I invite you to listen along with me... (FYI: I'm not listening to the talks in the order they were given...) A Conversation Between Kyle Childress and Stanley Hauerwas [ Click Here to Listen ] A good chunk of this conversation focused on the role of the pastor in a church, which wasn't terribly interesting to me.Stanley says … [Read more...]

Slow Reading?

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Last week I wrote an article recommending poetry as one way to help us slow down in our ever-accelerating world.  This piece, "In Defense of Poetry," was published yesterday on RELEVANT magazine's website. (and giving credit where credit is due, this piece was inspired by Phil Kenneson's excellent talk at the Ekklesia Project gathering last month, on which I hope to do a series of reflections here in the near future).But my editor at RELEVANT stuck a little tagline on my article that contains a thought that I cannot get out of my head: "With all the Slow Movements picking up steam, maybe … [Read more...]

Recovering a Politics of Lament in Our Faith Communities

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An article that I wrote for the Huffington Post went live today...This article is a followup to my blog series here last week on lamenting the Aurora shooting...Also, if these reflections on lament have resonated with you, you should check out my friend Tripp Hudgins' recent thoughts in the same direction...  Recovering a Politics of Lament in Our Faith Communities C. Christopher Smith, Senior Editor, The Englewood Review of Books One of the most disturbing things about the American public's reaction to the recent theater shooting in Aurora was the speed at which the … [Read more...]

Chick-fil-A: Are boycotts (and anti-boycott appreciations) faithful politics?

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Facebook is abuzz today (as it has been for over a week) with people showing their support or their distaste for Chick-Fil-A and president Dan Cathy's recent statement of opposition to gay marriage.  I'm not going to take sides here, but I do want to challenge those who identify as Christians with the question of whether boycotts are ways of engaging those with whom we disagree that fit with our call to follow in the way of Jesus?A boycott is, in essence, returning evil for evil; you have said or done something that has hurt me, so I will retaliate at your economic existence by … [Read more...]


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