The Anguish of Imperfect Communion [An Ekklesia Project Guest Post by Juila Smucker]

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[ NEXT WEEK, 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 guest 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 seventh in the series, is by Julia Smucker. Read the previous post in the series by John Jay Alvaro. For about the past five years, I have been a … [Read more...]

Mr. Rogers and the Garden of Your Mind

Longtime readers of this blog may recall the fondness and respect Chris and I have for Fred Rogers, the Presbyterian minister and educator from Pittsburgh who invited us all to be part of his TV neighborhood. In a recent Q essay on the "Ten Most Significant Cultural Trends of the Last Decade," Andy Crouch listed Place at #2, writing, "This quest for local, embodied, physical presence may well be driven by the omnipresence of the virtual and a dawning awareness of the thinness of disembodied life." It is fun to speculate - and speculation is all it can ever be - that Mister Rogers' … [Read more...]

A Sabbath Calendar

I've been reading Dan Allender's book Sabbath (part of Thomas Nelson's Ancient Practices Series) for a chapter I'm writing on the subject. Allender says that once the Sabbath ends, the next three days can be for reflection, "a remembering of the day." The three days before Sabbath can be for anticipation and planning. I love this because it puts Sabbath at the center of our experience of time and of course our worship of God. I mentioned this to my wife, and she had an interesting idea. She suggested we come up with a calendar for our family that puts Sunday (our Sabbath day) in the middle … [Read more...]

Father’s Day Meditation from Englewood Christian Church

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The following Father's Day meditation was written and shared by John Clanton this morning, 17 June 2012, as the communion meditation at Englewood Christian Church, here on the Near Eastside of Indianapolis.  I am honored to share this extraordinary reflection here...   On this day in which we celebrate fatherhood, I am reminded of the awesome responsibility which is ours as fathers.  Let me be the first to admit that I have fallen short of the mark.  I see us, fathers, as mere shadows standing in representation of God in the lives of our children. Whether we are biological … [Read more...]

Conversation, Identity and Christian Unity.

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I have been keenly following Timothy Dalrymple's posts this week about partisan scorn and his critical response to Rachel Held Evans' well-traveled post “How to Win a Culture War and Lose a Generation”...  Although I'm a bit skeptical of Dalrymple's choice of Evans as an example of  "selling scorn," I'm not really going to comment on their back and forth, as I don't have a stake in either side of that conversation. What was of interest to me, in light of my concern for our churches as hubs of conversation were these excellent three points that Dalrymple offered at the end of his most … [Read more...]

Following Christ in a World of Distractions (RIP, Ray Bradbury).

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As you probably have heard by now, Ray Bradbury, author of Fahrenheit 451 and other novels passed away yesterday. (NY TIMES obit) My friend Chase Roden, sent me the following reflection this morning, which I share here, since a key part of what we are calling Slow Church is vigilance and attentiveness to discerning together what is faithfulness and what is distraction.  Thank you, Chase. And R.I.P., Ray Bradbury Ray Bradbury died on Tuesday. I loved his books as a kid and never really returned to them after high school, but there's one scene -- from Fahrenheit 451 -- that has … [Read more...]

A Friend of Time [An Ekklesia Project Guest Post by John Jay Alvaro]

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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 guest 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 seventh in the series, is by John Jay Alvaro. Read the previous post in the series by Janice Love.   It is the second largest Sunday school class in the … [Read more...]


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