Further Conversation on Andy Crouch’s PLAYING GOD

Andy Crouch

So David Fitch initiated a new conversation on his blog today about Andy Crouch's new book PLAYING GOD...Affirming much of what Andy offers in the book, David raises the following concern: All this to say, Crouch’s book is good but Crouch’s book is dangerous. Some may read it and take it as a Christian user’s manual for power and then go out and use their power in a more benevolent way in their businesses or places of work and think they can redeem the world. It may lead us to think that once we get our understanding of power sorted out we can go out and better exercise it. It may lead us … [Read more...]

Alan Hirsch offers the first blurb for the Slow Church book!

Alan Hirsch

We received our first blurb for the Slow Church book today... from Alan Hirsch: "Chris and John have done a fantastic job of envisioning a wholesomely sustainable, spiritually alluring, and thoroughly kingdom-centric church that is simply fulfilling its purpose of witnessing to Jesus in the rhythms of God’s grace. I just have to join in! An inspiring read."Funny story about this.  When I inquired with Alan about the blurb, he said he'd be willing to write one, but might not get it done within the timeframe we needed it.  He joked that life was a bit "fast" for him now... Apparently, by fas … [Read more...]

Remembering Robert Rottet and Wilfred Owen

Robert Rottet

It was on this day in 1999, that my friend the poet/guitarist/songwriter Robert Rottet passed away. He died outside Ft. Bragg. NC, and there is a haze that surrounds the circumstances of his death. Officially, the Army ruled his death a suicide, but some that were close to him at that time suspect foul play.  Regardless, his death was deeply intertwined with his military service.I realized this morning that Nov. 4 also marks the death of another young poet, Wilfred Owen, who also met his untimely demise -- in WWI -- as a result of his military service.Here is a video of Rob playing … [Read more...]

From Frankenstein’s Monster to The Body of Christ

Frankenstein_monster

 I have had several conversations over the last week that reminded me how little regard we have for the church as the body of Christ.In reflecting on those conversations, I began to wonder if Dr. Frankenstein's monster might be a fitting image for how we typically think of the body of Christ: a collection of parts, thrown together (and easily interchangeable) and animated by some external, mystical force like a lightning bolt.Having been deeply formed by the individualism of Western Culture, we are trained to narrate our lives primarily as individuals and to think of … [Read more...]

Andy Crouch on Anabaptists and Power [Patheos Book Club]

Andy Crouch

[ This post is part of the Patheos Book Club discussion of Playing God ]I recently had the opportunity to interview Andy Crouch about his new book PLAYING GOD: REDEEMING THE GIFT OF POWER (IVP Books, Fall 2013).  My interview appears in the current print issue of The Englewood Review of Books, but there was a sizable chunk of the interview that had to be trimmed to fit the allocated space, so I thought I would share a couple of questions related to the Anabaptist tradition here. Andy's responses to these questions was not necessarily what I would have … [Read more...]

Slow Church Planting? [Guest Post by Timothy Colegrove]

Colegrove

I recently met Tim Colegrove (his wife is an old friend from college), and was intrigued by his story and invited him to share part of it here...  ~ChrisGuest Blogger: Timothy Colegrove  Tim and Alice Colegrove live and work in Boston, MA where they serve with the Conservative Mennonite Conference (CMC) as evangelists and prospective church-planters. Their vision is to establish a multi-ethnic evangelical Anabaptist church in the city of Boston committed to discipling new believers, breaking down socio-economic barriers, and gathering an eclectic community around Jesus’ table. Prior to wor … [Read more...]

Help Pick the Worst Christian Book Covers of 2013!

Rev-Road

Last year, the assistant editor of The Englewood Review of Books and I, picked the 12 worst Christian book covers of 2012. (Be sure to check them out if you haven't already!) This year we are going to be making a list for 2013, but we need your help to make this year's list better and even funnier. So, The Englewood Review is running a contest to get your recommendations for worst Christian book cover and to allow you to vote for your favorite contest entries.... [ CLICK HERE to enter and vote on contest entries... ] Here's a slideshow of some of the worst covers from last year and some … [Read more...]

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