Slow Church Week 4: The Overflowing Church

Slow Church Week 4 The Overflowing Church Love is never abstract. It does not adhere to the universe or the planet or the nation or the institution or the profession, but to the singular sparrows of the street, the lilies of the field, “the least of these my brethren.” – Wendell Berry What Are PeopleContinue reading “Slow Church Week 4: The Overflowing Church”

Slow Church Week 3: The Contemplative Church

Slow Church Week 3 The Contemplative Church Wonder is the only adequate launching pad for exploring a spirituality of creation, keeping us open-eyed, expectant, alive to life that is always more than we can account for, that always exceeds our calculations, that is always beyond anything we can make. – Eugene Peterson Christ Plays inContinue reading “Slow Church Week 3: The Contemplative Church”

Slow Church Week 2: The Neighborhood Church

Slow Church Week 2 The Neighborhood Church The ways employed in our North American culture are conspicuously impersonal: programs, organizations, techniques, general guidelines, information detached from place. In matters of ways and means, the vocabulary of numbers is preferred over names, ideologies crowd out ideas, the gray fog of abstraction absorbs the sharp particularities ofContinue reading “Slow Church Week 2: The Neighborhood Church”

Slow Church Week 1: The Convivial Church

SLOW CHURCH WEEK 1 The Convivial Church Before this strange disease of modern life, With its sick hurry, its divided aims, Its heads o’ertax’d, its palsied hearts… – Matthew Arnold * * * In their revelatory new book, Slow Church, Chris Smith and John Pattison reflect upon the following important words from the beginning ofContinue reading “Slow Church Week 1: The Convivial Church”

Life and Death in the Promised Land

I was leaving without a qualm without a single backward glance. The face of the South that I had known was hostile and forbidding, and yet out of all the conflicts and the curses… the tension and the terror, I had somehow gotten the idea that life could be different… I was now running moreContinue reading “Life and Death in the Promised Land”

IM Book Review: Dallas Willard’s Best Book

The Spirit of the Disciplines: Understanding How God Changes Lives by Dallas Willard 1988. HarperOne; Reprint edition (May 5, 1999) Note: As of this writing, the ebook addition of this book is now available for only $3.99 on Amazon. * * * When we mentioned Dallas Willard last week, one of our commenters wrote andContinue reading “IM Book Review: Dallas Willard’s Best Book”

IM Book Review: A Year of Biblical Womanhood

A Year of Biblical Womanhood: How a Liberated Woman Found Herself Sitting on Her Roof, Covering Her Head, and Calling Her Husband “Master” by Rachel Held Evans Thomas Nelson, 2012 * * * Mother’s Day is coming up on Sunday. What better time to offer a gift to all the women in our community, asContinue reading “IM Book Review: A Year of Biblical Womanhood”

An Entry Level Guide to the Lutheran Perspective

I just read a brief and winsome introduction to The Christian Faith from a Lutheran Perspective by Peter W. Marty, pastor of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Davenport, Iowa, as well as a noted speaker and author. Pastor Marty covers many of the key teachings from the Lutheran tradition in a simple but not simplisticContinue reading “An Entry Level Guide to the Lutheran Perspective”