J.R. Briggs – FAIL [Patheos Book Club]

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[ This post is part of the Patheos Book Club discussion of FAIL ]Fail: Finding Hope and Grace in the Midst of Ministry Failure. J.R. Briggs IVP Books, 2014One of the characteristics of McDonaldization named in sociologist George Ritzer’s important book, The McDonaldization of Society, is the desire for control. As John Pattison and I have argued in the  Slow Church book, the effects of McDonaldization have become deeply entrenched in churches, just as they have in the broader culture.  One of the bitter fruits of the desire for control that I have observed in churches is a deep ave … [Read more...]

[Daily Advent Reflection] Apologies.

Sorry...  I've been digging myself a pretty big hole work-wise recently.  So, I've let the Advent reflections go undone for the last couple of days.  It kills me that I wasn't able to get them done, yet in the grand scheme of things, c'est la vie, as they say in France.  I was reminded though of Derek Penwell's lovely essay, "Embracing Failure," which we posted here a few weeks ago, and which is more than pertinent.  If you haven't read it yet, do so now; it is well your time.Tomorrow, we'll be back on track with a new reflection and then we'll have new reflections from Kyle Mobley and Kimb … [Read more...]

Embracing Failure: A Reflection by Derek Penwell

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This reflection is reposted here with the permission of the author. It originally appeared on the Dmergent blog.Wrestling with our fear of failing and learning to fail graciously is essential to the concept of Slow Church that we are exploring here, and we are honored to repost this excellent piece. My Dirty Secret I have a secret fear. I don’t like to talk about it, because I find it embarrassing. I’m afraid of looking stupid. I don’t like to be laughed at. As a professor, I operate with a low-grade fear that at any moment one of my students will pipe up and say, “That’s not correct … [Read more...]


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