Pope Francis on “Slow” Evangelism [Tim Colegrove - Slow Church Planting, Part 2]

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Guest 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 working with the CMC, Tim and Alice served for many years as advocates, street pastors, and family to homeless youth in Harvard Square. You can contact Tim at t … [Read more...]

The most important book of 2013…

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My pick for the most important book of 2013 is the new collection of Wendell Berry's Sabbath Poems, entitled This Day. I'll admit that it was a really close call between this book and David Mikics's volume Slow Reading in a Hurried Age, but Berry's book wins by a nose as it takes a broader view, and offers not only carefully-crafted poems, but a way of living and being in the world.  Slow Reading starts to move in the same direction, but never seems to look much beyond the scope of the reader, his or her book and its author.I posted a sample poem from Berry's collection on this blog … [Read more...]

Reflecting On The Worst Christian Book Covers of 2013!

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The Englewood Review of Books's list of the Worst Christian Book Covers of 2013 went live last week ...Although this list has drawn a huge amount of attention, laughter, and sharing on social media, it also has had some critics.I thought therefore that I would write a bit here about how and why we have done this list (as it has some continuity with John and I's Slow Church project), and hopefully address some of the concerns that critics have raised.One common misconception is that the list is primarily about design. Yes, design is one key piece of our evaluation, but this project … [Read more...]

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Wendell Berry Sabbath poem – “Will-lessly the leaves fall”

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Just finished my review of the new, complete collection of Wendell Berry's Sabbath poems entitled This Day.My review will appear in the Advent print issue of The Englewood Review of Books.For now, here's a quick look at one excellent poem from the collection that is fitting for this late fall day...  … [Read more...]

Further Conversation on Andy Crouch’s PLAYING GOD

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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!

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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

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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...]


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