Celebrating Life on the Long, Patient,
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.