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...]

“A Great Day For the Children of Indiana”

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We were honored to host a momentous occasion here at Englewood Christian Church today. Because of Daystar Childcare, our widely-recognized daycare, we were selected as the site where Gov. Mike Pence would sign into law, a new bill that provides state funding for Pre-Kindergarten.  As noted by Nicole Baker-Fulgham in her talk at the 2014 Justice Conference last month, Indiana was one of the last remaining states that did not provide any state funding for Pre-K. We were delighted to be the place where the journey began toward better care for the children of Indiana, and especially children of … [Read more...]

Slow Church Endorsements

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Chris and I have been humbled by the endorsements Slow Church has received--all from writers, activists, pastors, theologians, and and community practitioners whose work has meant so much to us. Here are the endorsements that have come in so far: "The internet providers have persuaded us that 'fast' is better…about everything. As a result, 'slow' is a deeply subversive, counter-cultural notion in a culture of 'fast.' This thoughtful, discerning book advocates 'slow' in faith and in life. This advocacy is a recognition that faith is a practice of relational fidelity that cannot be r … [Read more...]

Slow Church featured on the Books & Culture Podcast!

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John and I received a pleasant surprise in our in-boxes this morning...SLOW CHURCH was featured on the Books and Culture podcast!!!John Wilson praises the book, and urges people to "walk, not run to your local Christian bookstore to buy it." He also offers some kind and thoughtful critique, which I hope to be able to respond to soon here on the blog.I really appreciated John Wilson's emphasis that this is a book to be read and discussed in churches -- even if you don't agree with all of it.Take a few minutes and listen now: CLICK HERE to download or listen to the B&C … [Read more...]

JPUSA: A Tragic History of Sexual Abuse

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Although I heard awhile back that that this documentary on the sexual abuse of minors at the Jesus People USA (JPUSA) Community in Chicago was in the works, I happened to see this article on the Christianity Today website this afternoon and saw that it was released today.  I knew that it would be one that I needed to watch, so I plunked down my ten bucks and downloaded the movie.  You see, I have been acquainted with JPUSA for over 20 years; I have visited their community a couple of times and have friends who are members or former members.  There was a block of 5 or 6 years -- before my wife a … [Read more...]

Remembering Mr. Rogers.

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  Today marks the 11th anniversary of the death of Fred Rogers (aka, PBS's Mr. Rogers).   John and I have made no secret of the fact that we are big fans of Mr. Rogers, and even refer to him in the Slow Church book -- in reference to his ideas about the formative power of dinner table conversation.We love that his work is situated in a neighborhood, that it is fundamentally about friendship, being attentive always and welcoming everyone as a gift.  Our churches would do well to learn from his example. In memory of Fred Rogers today, I thought it would be appropriate to share a few … [Read more...]


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