Looking for Enemies

Right and Left

The March 2015 issue of Charisma magazine includes an article entitled "Here's How the New Christian Left is Twisting the Gospel." Now, I'm not familiar enough with Charisma's digital reach to say whether or not this article went "viral," but I can tell you that the online version has been shared 676,000 times over the last nine days and that it popped up three times on my own Facebook feed. There is so much wrong with this article that it makes my head swirl. And yet I can't get over how predictable it is too. It’s a smorgasbord of familiar attacks. The author, Chelsen Vicari, decries “scare … [Read more...]

Scot McKnight – A Fellowship of Differents [Patheos Book Club]

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A Fellowship of Differents: Showing the World God's Design for Life Together Scot McKnight Hardback: Zondervan, 2015 [ This post is part of the Patheos Book Club]  In the Slow Church book, John and I write: Let’s pause for a moment to consider the great diversity of God’s creation. Limiting our focus to Earth—just one of an estimated 100 billion planets in the Milky Way, which is itself just one of at least 175 billion galaxies in the universe—and limiting ourselves even further to dry land, think of the brilliant variety of landscapes, climates, peoples, languages an … [Read more...]

An Interview with Tim Suttle

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Tim Suttle's Shrink: Faithful Ministry in a Church-Growth Culture was one of our favorite books of 2014. In fact, Chris has said that Shrink is "one of the wisest and most significant evangelical books" that he's read in the last decade. I would agree with that. The book is deeply resonant with the themes of Slow Church.I had the opportunity to interview Tim for the most recent print edition of the Englewood Review of Books. I encourage you to check it out. Below you'll find an excerpt from the published interview and bonus material we couldn't bear to leave on the editing room floor. We th … [Read more...]

Justice that Leavens the World.

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While in the DC area this week speaking and promoting Slow Church, I had the opportunity this morning to visit a friend of mine who works at International Justice Mission (IJM).  I had the privilege of sitting in on IJM's daily prayer service today, where they shared various facets of their work and offered thanksgiving and requests in prayer.  IJM is doing powerful work around the globe, diligently working for the justice of women, fighting the sex trade, working to end the violence that lies at the root of much poverty and injustice in the world.At the same time, I am reading Scot M … [Read more...]

Relationally-Based Community Development [Economics of Church and Seminary #3]

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We’re delighted to have a guest post today (the third in a series of three) by Justin Barringer, who was featured in David Wheeler’s article in The Atlantic about the effects of seminary debt.  *** You can find the previous posts in this series here… ***Relationally-Based Community Development and Social Enterprise Justin BarringerA while back I sat down with several of my homeless and formerly homeless neighbors to talk about our community. We talked about many things, about who was providing helpful goods and services, which churches were welcoming, the strengths of our neighb … [Read more...]

A Community of Simple Living [Economics of Church and Seminary #2]

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 We’re delighted to have a guest post today (the second in a series of three) by Justin Barringer, who was featured in David Wheeler’s article in The Atlantic about the effects of seminary debt.  *** You can find the previous posts in this series here… ***  As the church has been caught up in this nightmare, we have, perhaps oddly, insisted that clergy are somehow supposed to be uniquely able and expected to avoid the snares of upward mobility. As folks were suggesting in the comments on the Atlantic article, clergy are not supposed to be in it for the money. In fact, it was … [Read more...]

On Making Tents [Economics of Church and Seminary #1]

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We're delighted to have a guest post today (the first in a series of three) by Justin Barringer, who was featured in David Wheeler's article in The Atlantic about the effects of seminary debt. *** You can find this series's introductory post by Chris Smith here... ***  On Making Tents – My story Justin Barringer They say “Don’t read the comments.” In fact, my wife especially warned me not to read the comments after the article featuring me in The Atlantic was published. She was right. But, the rebel I am decided to read them anyway. Generally the comments broke down into four ty … [Read more...]


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