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I’m going to start assembling some reading lists to accompany the Slow Church book… The book includes a Recommended Reading List as an appendix, but these lists I’m working on will go deeper than that, and will include books that have been released since the launch of Slow Church.

 
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Part 3: Stability (Rootedness in a place)
Previous Parts of this list:  [ Part 1 ] [ Part 2 ]

Chapter 3: Stability is the Benedictine concept of being rooted in a particular place. We argue that a healthy dose of this rootedness is essential for the well-being of our churches.

 

Here are some books that fit with this chapter:

The Wisdom of Stability: Rooting Faith in a Mobile Culture

Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove

*** If you can only read one other book, on stability, read this one.

*** Read our review

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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I’m going to start assembling some reading lists to accompany the Slow Church book… The book includes a Recommended Reading List as an appendix, but these lists I’m working on will go deeper than that, and will include books that have been released since the launch of Slow Church.

Haven’t read Slow Church?  Get a copy now… 

 

Part 2: Terroir
Previous Parts of this list:  [ Part 1 ]

 
Chapter 2: Terroir is our argument for a church that reflects the “taste of the place,” a church rooted not in ideas and practices copied from other churches, but from the people and ecology of that particular place.
 
 
Here are some books that fit with this chapter:
 

The New Parish: How Neighborhood Churches Are Transforming Mission, Discipleship and Community

Dwight Friesen, Tim Soerens, Paul Sparks

*** If you can only read one other book, on cultivating distinctively local churches, read this one.

*** Read our review
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Way back in June, at the Wild Goose Festival, Intervarsity Press filmed a video segment with myself and Tim Soerens, talking about our new books, and how they reinforce each other:

Slow Church: Cultivating Community in the Patient Way of Jesus
Chris Smith and John Pattison

[ ERB Review  Buy now:  [ Amazon ]  [ Kindle ]

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The New Parish: How Neighborhood Churches Are Transforming Mission, Discipleship and Community
Tim Soerens, Paul Sparks and Dwight Friesen

[ ERB Review ]   Buy now:  [ Amazon ]  [ Kindle ]

 

Tim and I had a lot of fun filming this video, and we are delighted to share it with you here…

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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 Living Gently in a Violent World (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  | 
Joy
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 Hannah’s Child… (Buy it now!)

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 Interdependence Day

Celebrate Interdependence Day!!!

Five years ago, some friends and I suggested that instead of celebrating Independence Day, Christians should celebrate INTERdependence Day!

Here’s a recent reflection that I’ve written on Slow Church and why we need Interdependence Day

Here are seven books that are essential reading
for helping our churches to embody interdependence…

Slow Church: Cultivating Community in the Patient Way of Jesus
Chris Smith and John Pattison

Paperback: IVP Books, 2014

[ Read our review ]  [ Read an excerpt ]

 

NEXT BOOK >>>>>>

What books have been helpful for you in thinking about interdependence in the Church?

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Our Latest Book Giveaway…

We’re giving away FIVE copies of the new book

SLOW CHURCH: Cultivating Community in the Patient Way of Jesus
Chris Smith [ERB Editor] and John Pattison

Paperback: IVP Books, 2013

Read John Nugent’s wonderful review of SLOW CHURCH.


 

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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
Buy now:  [ Amazon ]  [ Kindle ]

 

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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Mike Bowling

Here is the sixth and final audio recording from the Slow Church Conference that we hosted last month here at Englewood Christian Church.

Previously posted talks from the Slow Church conference:

Our aim for the conference was to foster conversation around the work of several key theologians whose work inspired the Slow Church book that John Pattison and I wrote.

[ Download a FREE sampler of the SLOW CHURCH book here… ]

Mike Bowling is pastor of Englewood Christian Church.
Chris Smith is a member of Englewood Christian Church, and co-author of the SLOW CHURCH book.

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Phil Kenneson

Here is the fifth of the audio recordings from the Slow Church Conference that we hosted last month here at Englewood Christian Church. (The sixth and final recording will be posted next week.)

Previously posted talks from the Slow Church conference:

Our aim for the conference was to foster conversation around the work of several key theologians whose work inspired the Slow Church book that John Pattison and I wrote.

[ Download a FREE sampler of the SLOW CHURCH book here… ]

Phil Kenneson is Professor of Theology and Philosophy at Milligan College in Eastern Tennessee.

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Carol Johnston

Here is the fourth of the audio recordings from the Slow Church Conference that we hosted last month here at Englewood Christian Church.

Previously posted talks from the Slow Church conference:

Our aim for the conference was to foster conversation around the work of several key theologians whose work inspired the Slow Church book that John Pattison and I wrote.

[ Download a FREE sampler of the SLOW CHURCH book here… ]

Carol Johnston is Associate Professor of Theology and Culture at Christian Theological Seminary (Indianapolis).

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