Daily Slow Church Advent Reflections.

Starting on Monday (Nov. 28), Chris Smith will be coordinating a daily series of reflections here on the daily lectionary texts throughout the season of Advent.Advent is too often a season when the pace of life speeds up instead of slowing down.  Through these Advent reflections, we hope to challenge ourselves to slow down, be attentive and remember all the gifts of life that surround us daily.To be sure you don’t miss these reflections, connect with  the Slow Church blog on Facebook, Twitter or by entering your email address over on the righthand sidebar. … [Read more...]

Slow Church: The Book

Well, it is official and officially public: Chris and I just signed a contract with InterVarsity Press to write the book, Slow Church. The plan right now is to write the book over the next eight months, with a release date of mid-2013.Chris and I both have such high regard for IVP - especially its Likewise imprint, which has published some of our favorite books of the last few years, including books by Shane Claiborne and Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove, Jamie Arpin-Ricci, Andrew Marin, Sean Gladding, Tom Sine, Scott Bessenecker, and Mark Scandrette, among others - that we never "shopped" our … [Read more...]

Sunday Afternoon Book Review: The Sacredness of Questioning Everything by David Dark

Few writers have the capacity that David Dark has, to orchestrate familiar stories from literature and popular culture as part of engaging theological discourse. In his new book The Sacredness of Questioning Everything, David emphasizes that questioning, and more broadly that conversation, is an essential practice in the life of the Church. Indeed, conversation is fundamental to our identity as the community of God’s people, relating to one another and to God. It is a lost art that must be recovered and Dark skillfully navigates the complexity of life in conversation and we -- who a … [Read more...]

Sunday Afternoon Book Review: SCRIPTURE, CULTURE, AND AGRICULTURE by Ellen Davis.

This is one of the most helpful books in thinking about how we read the Bible and offers a way of reading the Bible that is much more in line with what we are describing here as Slow Church.(This review originally appeared in The Englewood Review of Books, 9 October 2009) “Of Mules and Mission” A Review of Scripture, Culture, and Agriculture: An Agrarian Reading of the Bible. by Ellen F. Davis. Paperback: Cambridge UP, 2008. Buy now: [ Amazon ] Reviewed by Stan Wilson.I am a Mississippi Baptist pastor who has begun to see the world differently because of the work … [Read more...]

Video: Walter Brueggemann – “Slow Wisdom as a Sub-Version of Reality”

Walter Brueggemann is one of the first theologians that I think of when I think of Slow Church, yet I had never heard him explicitly use the language of Slow, until I saw this video from Baylor University (It's 67 minutes long, but well worth it!) … [Read more...]

Dorothy Day’s Birthday

Today is the birthday of Dorothy Day - the journalist and social activist who co-founded the Catholic Worker movement. To mark the occasion, I'm posting the essay I wrote about Day's classic autobiography, The Long Loneliness. The essay first appeared in Besides the Bible: 100 Books that Have, Should, or Will Create Christian Culture (Biblica, 2010). I also encourage you to check out this wonderful video of Dorothy Day on the Christopher Closeup show.The photograph on the cover of HarperOne’s 1997 edition of The Long Loneliness, Dorothy Day’s classic spiritual autobiography, captures the c … [Read more...]

Embracing Failure: A Reflection by Derek Penwell

This reflection is reposted here with the permission of the author. It originally appeared on the Dmergent blog.Wrestling with our fear of failing and learning to fail graciously is essential to the concept of Slow Church that we are exploring here, and we are honored to repost this excellent piece. My Dirty Secret I have a secret fear. I don’t like to talk about it, because I find it embarrassing. I’m afraid of looking stupid. I don’t like to be laughed at. As a professor, I operate with a low-grade fear that at any moment one of my students will pipe up and say, “That’s not correct … [Read more...]