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 fathers or … [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 recent … [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 BradburyRay 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 church. I … [Read more...]

Walter Brueggemann Cuts to the Heart of Slow Church.

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Was getting ready to starting writing the chapter on Abundance for the Slow Church book, by reading an article by Walter Brueggemann entitled "The Liturgy of Abundance, The Myth of Scarcity" when I stumbled on the following words, which I just had to stop everything and share, as they so elegantly name what Slow Church is about:Wouldn't it be wonderful if liberal and conservative church people, who love to quarrel with each other, came to a common realization that the real issue confronting us is whether the news of God's abundance can be trusted in the face of the story of … [Read more...]

PregMANcy – Patheos Book Club.

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I was invited to share a few thoughts on Christian Piatt's new book Pregmancy: A Dad, A Little Dude and A Due Date, as part of the Patheos Book Club...[ Read an excerpt of the book on the Sojo blog - "The Pee Stick" ]I am so glad that I was invited to read this book, because frankly it's not the sort of book that I would have picked up on my own.  Memoirs are simply not a genre that I go out of my way to read. But, this one is different. Christian Piatt's uncensored account of the pregnancy and birth of their second child is absolutely hilarious!  Any dad, or any family, will get … [Read more...]

Bonhoeffer on The Fellowship of the Table

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On Sunday, I was not attentive to my schedule and had it sprung on me that it was my turn to give the communion meditation at our church. So, I quickly turned to Dietrich Bonhoeffer's Life Together, which we are reading in our Sunday School class, and stumbled again upon the following brilliant passage.  I share it again here, because all the facets that Bonhoeffer locates in the Eucharist here are central to what John and I are calling Slow Church: gratitude, the centrality of Jesus (I'll have more to say on this point later this week), the unifying power of eating together, the joy and … [Read more...]


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