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Acknowledging our Human Condition

[easyazon_image align=”left” height=”333″ identifier=”0830841237″ locale=”US” src=”” tag=”douloschristo-20″ width=”222″]An Interview with Mandy Smith,
Author of 

The Vulnerable Pastor:
How Human Limitations Empower Our Ministry

Paperback: IVP Books, 2015
Buy now:  [ [easyazon_link identifier=”0830841237″ locale=”US” tag=”douloschristo-20″]Amazon[/easyazon_link] ] [ [easyazon_link identifier=”B017J89YXO” locale=”US” tag=”douloschristo-20″]Kindle[/easyazon_link] ]

The current issue of our print magazine, mailed earlier this week, features an interview that John Pattison did with Mandy Smith.  John’s interview was longer than we could use and several questions were trimmed in the editing process. However, this conversation was too good to waste, so we are sharing these extra questions here.


PATTISON: How do you think vulnerability as you describe it in this book should be cultivated in our church communities?

SMITH: For us, it started with me being able to go there. Somebody has to be the first one to break out of the mold. There are all these reasons why that is scary. I hope my book can be a kind of companion along the journey, so that whoever goes first can say to their community, “This is going to be worth it.” Then, not only do they give freedom to other people, by being courageous, they themselves learn not to be ashamed, if the community is kind enough not to reject them for it.

Confession and testimony are a big part of this. They have fallen out of practice in a lot of traditions. But in my experience, that is where all this began and where it began to filter down to more and more folks.

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Unpredictable Path of God.

A Feature Review of

Slow Church: Cultivating Community in the Patient Way of Jesus

John Pattison and C. Christopher Smith

Paperback:  IVP Books, 2014
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Reviewed by John Nugent


Churches in America have long suffered from success syndrome. We want to attract people, grow steadily, and make genuine disciples. We don’t want any of this to happen in isolation. We want the wider community to know that we exist and to appreciate what we do. We want to be dynamic, visible, newsworthy, sticky, like-worthy, tweet-worthy, pin-worthy, praiseworthy—in a word, significant. We also aspire to more noble aims, like helping individuals leave behind the seductive sin that destroys lives and populating our communities with healthier homes, thriving businesses, and active non-profits. It would also be great if we could serve on the frontline of disaster relief, end poverty, shelter the homeless, educate every child, beautify every park, furnish clean water for every village, sponsor every malnourished child, forge legislature that promotes the common good, and create social spaces where the uniqueness of each individual can express itself freely and without fear. In short, we want to be all and do all. We want to make the world a better place, and we want to do so in Jesus’ name so as many people as possible may see our good deeds and give glory to God in heaven.

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On April 3-5, we will be hosting:

Slow Church Conference

The Slow Church Conference

A conversation curated by Chris Smith and John Pattison,
co-authors of the Slow Church book
(coming June 2014, IVP / Praxis Books)

Registration and More Details:

When: April 3-5, 2014 (Thursday evening through Saturday lunch)
Where: Englewood Christian Church / Indianapolis
Cost:  $99 (Early Bird, through Jan. 31 Feb 7)  / $149 (Feb 8 and later)
NEW: Starting Feb 8, we will be offering a Student Rate of $99!
(Students should use promotion code: STUDENT2014 )
        This price includes 6 locally-sourced meals during the conference

Keynote Speakers Include: Christine Pohl, David Fitch, Phil Kenneson, Carol Johnston
(Plus one other distinguished speaker, who will be announced soon)

We’d love to get your help spreading the word about this special event… (Even if you won’t be able to be here yourself… )

  1. If you plan to participate, register now

  3. Share the link to the conference website with others who might be interested:

  5. Invite Facebook friends who might be interested, using our special FB E-vite.


We really appreciate your help in getting the word out
about the Slow Church Conference!


[easyazon-image align=”none” asin=”0830841148″ locale=”us” height=”333″ src=”” width=”222″ alt=”Slow Church” ]Many of you know that I have been co-writing a book with John Pattison, entitled:

SLOW CHURCH: Cultivating Community in the Patient Way of Jesus.

(IVP / Praxis Books / June 2014)
I haven’t said much about the book here, so thought I would fill you in on a few things.
The book is now available for pre-order (ships after Memorial Day):
[ Amazon  ]    [ Intervarsity Press ]
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Today is the birthday of Shusaku Endo, born 1923…

In honor of his birthday, we share the brief essay that John Pattison wrote about Endo’s novel SILENCE in

Besides the Bible:

100 Books that Have, Should or Will Create Christian Culture.

Dan Gibson, Jordan Green, John Pattison.

Paperback: IVP Books, 2012.
Buy now:  [ Amazon ] [ Kindle ]

Besides the Bible, originally published by Biblica Books in 2010, has recently been re-released by IVP Books.