[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...]

[Daily Advent Reflection] Fear Not!

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Fear Not! Slow Church Daily Advent Reflection. Chris Smith. Micah 4:1-5 Monday November 28, 2011What are you running from, my love? What’s this thing you're guilty of? Follow me and never feel accusedBut you never do believe a word I say And you never did believe there'd be day of reckoningSo you run and you run and you run and you never stop And you work and you work until you drop You're in over your head and the pressure just don't quit But you can't escape the reach of love-- The Call, “You Run” - Listen:  [ Youtube ] These daily Slow Church Advent Reflections ar … [Read more...]

“God Does Not Hurry”

"All revolutionaries have one basic problem: they are all short of time" - Gerhard Lohfink, Does God Need the Church? One of the most basic theological convictions in our understanding of Slow Church is the slowness of God.  Kelly Johnson does a wonderful job of explaining this slowness in her essay "God Does Not Hurry" from the recent book God Does Not...: Entertain, Play "Matchmaker," Hurry, Demand Blood, Cure Every Illness (Baker Books, 2009, Brent Laytham, Editor).Read a good chunk of this essay, courtesy of Google Books: … [Read more...]

The Slow Church Conversation.

“What is Slow Church?” This question is one that I’ve been getting quite a bit recently.  I’m always at a bit of a loss to answer, however, because so many things are swirling through my head.  Over the coming months, John Pattison and I will facilitate a conversation here that will explore what we mean by Slow Church, and what that might look like in a variety of different church contexts.  But a conversation has to begin somewhere, so let me set out a few thoughts to get us started. On the most basic level, Slow Church is a conversation between Christianity of the early twenty-first century … [Read more...]


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