Reading Guides, Volume 9

Slow Church Reading List #1 – Theological Roots

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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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I will begin today with this first list that fleshes out many of the books that helped us understand the scriptural story (and the historical witness of the church) in a way that laid a theological foundation for Slow Church…

[easyazon_image align=”left” height=”333″ identifier=”0814659284″ locale=”US” src=”” tag=”douloschristo-20″ width=”222″] [easyazon_link identifier=”0814659284″ locale=”US” tag=”douloschristo-20″]Does God Need the Church?: Toward a Theology of the People of God[/easyazon_link]

Gerhard Lohfink

*** This book was without a doubt the most helpful in articulating the theology behind Slow Church.

*** Read an excerpt from this book

[easyazon_image align=”left” height=”333″ identifier=”0800618025″ locale=”US” src=”” tag=”douloschristo-20″ width=”216″] [easyazon_link identifier=”0800618025″ locale=”US” tag=”douloschristo-20″]Jesus and Community[/easyazon_link]

Gerhard Lohfink

An earlier and shorter work than DGNTC? which some readers might find more accessible.

[easyazon_image align=”left” height=”333″ identifier=”0310277671″ locale=”US” src=”” tag=”douloschristo-20″ width=”222″][easyazon_link identifier=”0310277671″ locale=”US” tag=”douloschristo-20″]A Fellowship of Differents: Showing the World God’s Design for Life Together[/easyazon_link]

Scot McKnight

Released since Slow Church, McKnight offers a superb account of which diversity is essential to our local church communities. Borrowing from slow/organic farming, we had an intuition about the similar importance of “biodiversity” in our churches, but McKnight fully fleshes out what was for us just a hunch.

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