Watershed Discipleship [Earth Day 2014]

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 Since today is Earth Day and since I reflected yesterday on some of the ecological themes in in the NOAH movie, I thought it fitting to share an idea that I have recently been introduced to that might help us what church communities might look like that are attentive to their places and creatures, land and ecology of their places.Ched Myers, whom some of you may know from his important commentary on the book of Mark, Binding the Strong Man, or on his work on Sabbath Economics, has recently been exploring the idea of Watershed Discipleship. What is Watershed Discipleship? (via … [Read more...]

There’s Always an Ark! [Thoughts on the NOAH film]

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Last night, I finally got around to seeing the Noah movie.  Darren Aronofsky is probably my favorite movie director (I even wrote about his movie PI in the Slow Church book), and NOAH was one of my most anticipated films of 2014.  And, it did not disappoint.  NOAH is a story in the tradition of the biblical prophets, with striking relevance for our own times.*** WARNING: There may be some tiny spoilers here, if you haven't seen the film (Although I don't think reading these spoilers now would ruin the experience of seeing the film).Last week, I read an article in the New York Times ab … [Read more...]

Is Jesus the Answer? [A Reflection on the Slow Church Conference]

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Is Jesus the Answer? A Guest Post By Peter Stevens Last week, I attended the Slow Church Conference. While driving down Keystone Avenue in Indianapolis, I saw a church sign that read, “Jesus is the Answer.” I’ve heard this a million times. Honestly, I’m not a huge fan of the saying. While I understand the intent behind the statement is probably someone trying to share the Gospel, the statement itself seems to fall short. There’s no discussion of how Jesus is the answer or what the question is. I think to many it seems like we are trying to offer Jesus as the solution to any problem without qu … [Read more...]

The Big Table – Living in the Diversity of God’s People

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One of the things that pains me most is the acerbity with which Christians of diverse perspectives treat one another: the mocking, the name-calling, the refusal to talk civilly or to work together.  Since early on in the development of this Slow Church project, I have had an intuition that the act of slowing down and being attentive to those around us might be important baby steps in the direction of narrowing the deep chasms that divide the Body of Christ today.  One of the most exciting things about the recent Slow Church conference was the vast theological diversity of the participants: f … [Read more...]

Willie Jennings – Slow Church Conference – Lecture #1

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Here is the first of the audio recordings from the Slow Church Conference that we hosted last week here at Englewood Christian Church.Our aim for the conference was to foster conversation around the work of several key theologians whose work inspired the Slow Church book that John Pattison and I wrote. [ Download a FREE sampler of the SLOW CHURCH book here... ]Willie Jennings is Associate Professor of Theology and Black Church Studies at Duke Divinity School.  His book The Christian Imagination: Theology and the Origins of Race was named The Most Significant Theological Work … [Read more...]

Scott Thumma: Further Conversation on Sociology and Slow Church.

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You might remember from the recent Religion News Service article, that one of the people interviewed was sociologist of religion Scott Thumma, who said: Scott Thumma, a sociologist of religion at Hartford Seminary in Hartford, Conn., says the slow church movement makes for good theology. But it likely won’t work for most churches, he said, for the same reason that the slow food movement failed to gain mass appeal.“We’d all like to have a slow-cooked, three-hour meal, with locally grown produce,” he said. “But few of us have the time or money for it.”Likewise, few people would be drawn to the i … [Read more...]

Not Just for the Young and Hip…

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We were thrilled with the RNS article on Slow Church that ran in The Washington Post (and at least a dozen other news outlets) over the weekend.  Great as the article was, there was one perplexing section, the interview with sociologist of religion Scott Thumma, who opined that Slow Church would appeal primarily to the young and hip demographic.  Our friend Brent Bill, who by his own admission, is neither young nor hip, has penned a response, which we are honored to share here... "We believe Slow Food and the other Slow movements hold important lessons for the American churches. They c … [Read more...]


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