Slow Church Cultivating Community in the Patient Way of Jesus

ISBN-10: 0830841148
ISBN-13: 9780830841141
Edition: 2014
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Description: Fast food. Fast cars. Fast and furious. Fast forward. Fast . . . church?The church is often idealized (or demonized) as the last bastion of a bygone era, dragging our feet as we're pulled into new moralities and new spiritualities. We guard our  More...

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Book details

List price: $17.00
Copyright year: 2014
Publisher: InterVarsity Press
Publication date: 6/6/2014
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 247
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.880
Language: English

Fast food. Fast cars. Fast and furious. Fast forward. Fast . . . church?The church is often idealized (or demonized) as the last bastion of a bygone era, dragging our feet as we're pulled into new moralities and new spiritualities. We guard our doctrine and our piety with great vigilance. But we often fail to notice how quickly we're capitulating, in the structures and practices of our churches, to a culture of unreflective speed, dehumanizing efficiency and dis-integrating isolationism. In the beginning, the church ate together, traveled together and shared in all facets of life. Centered as they were on Jesus, these seemingly mundane activities took on their own significance in the mission of God. In Slow Church, Chris Smith and John Pattison invite us out of franchise faith and back into the ecology, economy and ethics of the kingdom of God, where people know each other well and love one another as Christ loved the church.

Chris Smith is editor of The Englewood Review of Books, and a member of the Englewood Christian Church community on the urban Near Eastside of Indianapolis. Englewood is one of the churches whose experiences gave root to the concept of Slow Church. Chriss recent work has appeared in Books and Culture, Sojourners, The Christian Century and Indiana Green Living. Chris blogs at the Patheos site Slow Church.

Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove (M.Div., Duke Divinity School) is director of the School for Conversion in Durham, North Carolina, where he is a member of the Rutba House new monastic community. He is the author of To Baghdad and Beyond and coauthor of Inhabiting the Church: Biblical Wisdom for a New Monasticism. He is also the coeditor of School(s) for Conversion: 12 Marks of a New Monasticism. Catch up with him at newmonasticism.org.

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