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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Andy Crouch on Anabaptists and Power [Patheos Book Club]

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[ 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...]

Reading for Conversation.

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John and I agree that the practice of reading is essential to our understanding of Slow Church. Indeed, it was a mutual love of books that connected us in the first place.  In the age of talking heads, the soundbite and the two-minute YouTube video, reading is a practice that can be useful for slowing churches down and guiding us into meaningful conversations.  Here at Englewood Christian Church, we are blessed to have many people who are deeply committed to the practice of reading, which continually energizes our on-going Sunday night conversation (I have told the story of this … [Read more...]


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