The Christology of Slow Church?

My friend Tato Sumantri, of Church of the Servant King in Eugene, Oregon (which incidentally hosted one of the Slow Church events that John and I did in the Pacific Northwest in June) recently sent me an email with a couple of very thoughtful questions about the Slow Church book.  This is the second and final post in response to Tato:[ AND HERE is Tato's first question on Sin and Repentance ]  “What does Jesus have to do with any of this [in the Slow Church book]? What is preventing a slow church movement from being just another sociological phenomenon, like the slow food movement? We ar … [Read more...]

Is Jesus the Answer? [A Reflection on the Slow Church Conference]

Is Jesus the Answer? A Guest Post By Peter Stevens Last week, I attended the Slow Church Conference. While driving down Keystone Avenue in Indianapolis, I saw a church sign that read, “Jesus is the Answer.” I’ve heard this a million times. Honestly, I’m not a huge fan of the saying. While I understand the intent behind the statement is probably someone trying to share the Gospel, the statement itself seems to fall short. There’s no discussion of how Jesus is the answer or what the question is. I think to many it seems like we are trying to offer Jesus as the solution to any problem without qu … [Read more...]

“The Kingdom Will Prevail” A Slow Church-related Sermon on Mark 4:24-34

This is the sermon that Mike Bowling preached last Sunday (26 Feb 2012) here at Englewood Christian Church. It is one of the most hopeful and energizing sermons I have heard in a long time.  It is also a superb reading of Mark 4:24-34 that is in line with what we are calling Slow Church.I've never quite known what to make of v. 24-25:24And he said to them, ‘Pay attention to what you hear; the measure you give will be the measure you get, and still more will be given you. 25For to those who have, more will be given; and from those who have nothing, even what they have will be taken aw … [Read more...]

[Daily Advent Reflection] Healing our blindness.

Healing Our Blindness. Daily Advent Reflection. Chris Smith. Acts 3:17-4:4. Tuesday, December 13, 2011 He came down to earth from heaven Who is God and Lord of all And His shelter was a stable And His cradle was a stall With the poor, oppressed and wholly Lived on earth our Savior holy     And our eyes At last shall see Him Through His own redeeming love For that child, so dear and gentle Is our Lord in heaven above And He leads His children along To the place that He is gone. - Sufjan Stevens   Once In David's Royal City by Sufjan Stevens … [Read more...]

[Daily Advent Reflection] Examining our Jewelry.

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 on FACEBOOK or TWITTER. Last week, we … [Read more...]