Archives For Patience

“All men commend patience, although few are willing to practice it.”
-Thomas a Kempis
who died on this date, 1471
Poems of the Day:
Three Poems
“The Autumnal Moon” / “Forbearance” / “Love, Hope and Patience in Education”
by Samuel Taylor Coleridge,
who died on this date, 1834

Kindle Ebook Deal of the Day: 
Glittering Vices: A New Look at the Seven Deadly Sins and Their Remedies
by Rebecca Konyndyk DeYoung
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The Wake Up Call – July 25, 2014


Stanley Hauerwas

Today is the birthday of theologian Stanley Hauerwas!

Although I don’t always agree with him, Stanley Hauerwas’s work (and that of his many students, e.g., Phil Kenneson and others associated with The Ekklesia Project) has been absolutely vital to the Slow Church book that John Pattison and I co-wrote.

In honor of his birthday, I pick out 10 brief video clips of Hauerwas talking about key virtues and practices related to Slow Church. If you want to read one book by Stanley Hauerwas that is most compatible with Slow Church, I suggest [easyazon_link asin=”0830834524″ locale=”US” new_window=”default” nofollow=”default” tag=”douloschristo-20″ add_to_cart=”default” cloaking=”default” localization=”default” popups=”default”]Living Gently in a Violent World[/easyazon_link] (co-written with Jean Vanier).

Several of these clips were made by Travis Reed of The Work of the People. Be sure to visit his website, check out other extraordinary videos he has created and contribute generously to his work!
*** Check out the full catalog of TWOTP’s Stanley Hauerwas videos

Enjoy these short videos with Stanley Hauerwas:

Prayer/Waiting | Presence | Church Growth Movement
Patience | Formation in the Church  | The Whole Church  | 
Hope is Presence | Engaging Evangelicals  | Community and Conflict

Prayer and Waiting:

“If prayer has taught me anything, it has taught me how to wait.”



NEXT (Presence) >>>>>>

Image Credit: From the cover to Hauerwas’s memoir [easyazon_link asin=”0802864872″ locale=”US” new_window=”default” nofollow=”default” tag=”douloschristo-20″ add_to_cart=”default” cloaking=”default” localization=”default” popups=”default”]Hannah’s Child[/easyazon_link]… (Buy it now!)

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[easyazon-image align=”left” asin=”0802407242″ locale=”us” height=”333″ src=”” width=”222″ alt=”Jeff Goins” ]The Value of Waiting.
A Feature Review of

The In-Between: Embracing the Tension Between Now and the Next Big Thing

Jeff Goins

Paperback: Moody Collective, 2013.
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Reviewed by Andy Johnson.
Nobody likes to wait. Organizing our lives around going where we want to go and getting what we want quickly, we spend as little time waiting as possible. In his new book, The In-Between, Jeff Goins aims to reshape our views of waiting and the in-between times in our lives. Waiting is more than an unfortunate hindrance to where we hope to go. It is a gift that teaches us to slow down, to let go of our expectations and to appreciate the gradual growth and wisdom that comes from the in-between.
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Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Today is the birthday of the poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge (born 1772).

Here are three favorite poems of his…

Samuel Taylor Coleridge

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[easyazon-image align=”none” asin=”0802407242″ locale=”us” height=”110″ src=”” width=”72″ alt=”Jeff Goins” ]An excerpt from the new book…

The In-Between: Embracing the Tension Between Now and the Next Big Thing
Jeff Goins

Paperback: Moody, 2013
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St. CyprianThe roots of my interest in Slow Church could perhaps be traced back to my reading of two Early Christian treatises on patience

that I read as a I was writing my first book, Water, Faith and Wood: Stories of the Early Church’s Witness for Today. We are pleased to share one of these treatises, St. Cyprian’s On the Advantage of Patience, here with you today.  Cyprian was bishop of Carthage and an important Early Christian writer. He was born around the beginning of the 3rd century in North Africa, where he received a classical education. After converting to Christianity, he became a bishop in 249 and eventually died a martyr at Carthage.

In his martyrdom, Cyprian embodied the sort of patience that he defends in this treatise. “Cyprian courageously prepared his people for the expected edict of persecution by his ‘De exhortatione martyrii,’ and himself set an example when he was brought before the Roman proconsul Aspasius Paternus (August 30, 257). He refused to sacrifice to the pagan deities and firmly professed Christ.  The consul banished him to Curubis, modern Korba, whence he comforted to the best of his ability his flock and his banished clergy. In a vision he saw his approaching fate. When a year had passed he was recalled and kept practically a prisoner in his own villa, in expectation of severer measures after a new and more stringent imperial edict arrived, demanding the execution of all Christian clerics, according to reports of it by Christian writers. On September 13, 258, he was imprisoned at the behest of the new proconsul, Galerius Maximus. The day following he was examined for the last time and sentenced to die by the sword. His only answer was “Thanks be to God!” The execution was carried out at once in an open place near the city. A vast multitude followed Cyprian on his last journey. He removed his garments without assistance, knelt down, and prayed. After he blindfolded himself, he was beheaded by the sword. (Wikipedia)

We are pleased today to offer this treatise on patience today, on the anniversary of St. Cyprian’s martydom…

Download a FREE PDF ebook of

St. Cyprian’s On the Advantage of Patience

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“Vitality that can never be Killed off”

A Review of

Unfamiliar Fishes.
By Sarah Vowell.

Reviewed by Chris Smith.

Unfamiliar Fishes - Sarah VowellUnfamiliar Fishes.
Sarah Vowell.
Hardback: Riverhead, 2011.
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Although Sarah Vowell’s name might not be a familiar one, you will likely recognize her voice, AND especially if you are an avid NPR listener.  Vowell was a contributing editor for the wildly popular NPR show This American Life for over a decade (1996-2008); she also provided the voice for Violet in the animated Pixar movie The Incredibles.  Although she might be most recognized for her distinctive voice, Vowell is also a gifted writer and avowed history buff.  She has previously written five books, and in each of them, history plays a significant role.  Her sixth book, Unfamiliar Fishes, has recently hit the shelves of bookstores, and it follows in the footsteps of her previous books, crafting in a way, a sort of people’s history of Hawaii that depicts the story of how the island land was colonized by New England missionaries and of the eventual fall of the monarchy and the annexation by the United States.  Although its focus is on a different context, the book is an unexpected but fitting follow-up to her 2008 book about the Puritans, The Wordy Shipmates.  Several generations after the Puritans settled in New England, their ancestors were sending out missionaries all over the world, including – of course – Hawaii.

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by Gerard Manley Hopkins

PATIENCE, hard thing! the hard thing but to pray,
But bid for, Patience is! Patience who asks
Wants war, wants wounds; weary his times, his tasks;
To do without, take tosses, and obey.
Rare patience roots in these, and, these away,
Nowhere. Natural heart’s ivy, Patience masks
Our ruins of wrecked past purpose. There she basks
Purple eyes and seas of liquid leaves all day.

We hear our hearts grate on themselves: it kills
To bruise them dearer. Yet the rebellious wills
Of us we do bid God bend to him even so.
And where is he who more and more distils
Delicious kindness?–He is patient. Patience fills
His crisp combs, and that comes those ways we know.