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September 04, 2014
A Community of Simple Living [Economics of Church and Seminary #2]
It is not so much a vow of poverty that clergy ought to take, as...
August 10, 2014
Hope for Iraq. For other conflict zones. And for the world.
What are we to do in the face of ISIS? I cast my hope with...
March 01, 2014
JPUSA: A Tragic History of Sexual Abuse
No Place to Call Home is a heart-wrenching movie, offering story after story from victims...
February 25, 2014
Why I Don’t Go To Church
There has been a lot of buzz online in recent days about the value of...
January 18, 2014
Phil Kenneson: A Philosophical Argument for Slow Church
This week, I re-read this wonderful passage from Phil Kenneson's superb essay "There's no such...
October 30, 2013
From Frankenstein’s Monster to The Body of Christ
There is a deep sense in which churches, particularly in the Western world, are indeed...
July 28, 2013
A Conversational Way Forward: Responding to the Exodus of Millennials from our Churches
As Rachel has indicated, there is a deep hunger today for church communities that can...
December 19, 2012
Trusting in a Promise-Keeping God [Living Into Community #4]
This is the fourth in an Advent series of eight posts that will wind their...
December 04, 2012
Waiting in Expectation for Christ’s Coming in our Midst [Living Into Community #1]
This is the first in an Advent series of eight posts that will wind their...
October 20, 2012
The Groaning Table
After recently re-reading Wendell Berry’s essay “Health is Membership” and being struck by its pertinency...
October 08, 2012
Being Together as the Church.
There is a group of us here at Englewood Christian Church who have been reading...
September 14, 2012
Supporting Each Other in Sickness and in Health
After recently re-reading Wendell Berry's essay "Health is Membership" and being struck by its pertinency...
September 12, 2012
The Roadblocks to Sustainability and How we Begin to Tackle Them
David Owen has long been one of our favorite thinkers here at Englewood; his book...
September 05, 2012
What is Sustainability?
Tomorrow I have the opportunity to go an hour or so up the road from...
July 02, 2012
Congregational Lectio Divina as a Slow Church practice.
At the Ekklesia Project gathering later this week, I will be leading lectio divina sessions...
April 30, 2012
Technology, Community and Discernment.
John's post on Saturday on the Moral Importance of the iPhone reminded me of one...
March 08, 2012
Robert Putnam – “Spend More Time Arranging the Church Suppers”
Thanks to my friend Kevin Rains for calling this article to my attention... [ See...
March 05, 2012
Bringing Slow Church to a Fast Generation [Ekklesia Project Guest Post by Jarrod Longbons]
[ On July 5-7, The Ekklesia Project will hold its annual gathering in Chicago, which...
January 31, 2012
Becoming Conversational #2 – Leveraging the Skills of All Our Members.
My ebook The Virtue of Dialogue: Conversation as a Hopeful Practice of Church Communities was...
December 01, 2011
[Daily Advent Reflection] The Whoring Bride of Christ.
The Whoring Bride of Christ. Daily Advent Reflection. Chris Smith. Hosea 6:1-6 Thursday December 1,...
October 11, 2011
Becoming Good Soil
For the last few weeks in our Sunday night conversation here at Englewood Christian Church,...
October 07, 2011
Churches catalyzing local culture.
For several years now, I have been describing the work of local church communities in...
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