[Daily Advent Reflection] Claiming a People and a Place.

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Claiming a People and a Place. Daily Advent Reflection. Craig Goodwin. John 7:40-52. Saturday, December 17, 2011Lo! How a rose e're blooming From tender stem hath sprung Of Jesse's lineage coming As those of old have sungIt came, a flowerth bright Amid the cold of winter When half-spent was the night- "Lo! How A Rose E'er Blooming"  Lo How A Rose E’er Blooming by Sufjan StevensThese daily Slow Church Advent Reflections are based on the Daily Readings of the Revised Common Lectionary (Year B). We love for you to read and reflect along w … [Read more...]

[Daily Advent Reflection] The Politics of Elijah

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The Politics of Elijah. Daily Advent Reflection. Chris Smith. I Kings 18:1-18. Monday, December 12, 2011 The child is born in the fullness of time Three wise astrologers take note of the signs Come to pay their respects to the fragile little king Get pretty close to wrecking everything 'Cause the governing body of the holy land Is that of Herod, a paranoid man Who when he hears there's a baby born King of the Jews Sends death squads to kill all male children under two But that same bright angel warns the parents in a dream And they head out for the border and get away … [Read more...]

[Daily Advent Reflection] Examining our Jewelry.

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Examining our Jewelry. Daily Advent Reflection. Chris Smith. Psalm 126. Thursday, December 8, 2011Sold me a wealth of pleasure, it was a dime store full of pain. The stuff I thought was jewelry; it turns out to be chains. - Bill Mallonee / Vigilantes of Love "Losing it"Losin' It by Vigilantes of LoveThese daily Slow Church Advent Reflections are based on the Daily Readings of the Revised Common Lectionary (Year B). We love for you to read and reflect along with us! To keep up with this daily Advent series, follow SlowChurch.com on FACEBOOK or TWITTER. Last week, we … [Read more...]

[Daily Advent Reflection] Waiting in Hope.

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Waiting in Hope. Daily Advent Reflection. Chris Smith. Acts 2:37-42. Monday, December 5, 2011Come fall on us, we fall on you A thankful heart will be our rhythm Come fall on us, we fall on you A thankful heart will be our song.A thankful heart Prepares the way for you my God- "Come Fall on Us" Enter the Worship Circle, Vol. 1. [Sorry, can't find any legitimate sites to stream this song] These daily Slow Church Advent Reflections are based on the Daily Readings of the Revised Common Lectionary (Year B). We love for you to read and reflect along with us! To … [Read more...]

[Daily Advent Reflection] You Will Be My People.

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You Will Be My People. Daily Advent Reflection. Kimberly Roth. Ezekiel 36:24-28 Saturday, December 3, 2011I want you to be my love I want you to be my love 'Neath the moon and the stars above I want you to be my love - Over the Rhine Listen: [ YouTube ] [ Spotify ] These daily Slow Church Advent Reflections are based on the Daily Readings of the Revised Common Lectionary (Year B). We love for you to read and reflect along with us! To keep up with this daily Advent series, follow SlowChurch.com on FACEBOOK or TWITTER.There are many passages of scripture I cannot wrap … [Read more...]

Scot McKnight on the centrality of the local church.

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Our fellow Patheos blogger has been stirring up some intense conversation with his recent post "Kingdom Work, Social Justice" (Be sure to read the comments).  Here's the heart of the post: I’m all for “social” justice. I’m fighting the trend I see today of equating “kingdom work” with public sector social justice work. As if “kingdom” is something done outside the church. As I read the Gospels, Jesus’ uses “kingdom” for himself/God as King, for his followers who enter into his kingdom vision, and for the ecclesial/social conditions created by those who follow Jesus and his kingdom vision. … [Read more...]

VIDEO: Stanley Hauerwas: The local church as alternative to a culture of violence

I recently finished reviewing Stanley Hauerwas's newest book War and the American Difference: Theological Reflections on Violence and National Identity for Sojourners magazine.  I won't rehash my whole review here, as it will be available in due time, but I will say that the most striking thing about the book was his turn toward the local church congregation in the third and final part, a direction in which his work has made gestures in the past, but has never gone as far as he does here.The finest essay in the collection, is entitled "A Particular Place," and while I was writing my review … [Read more...]


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