Slow Church

Slow Church

Cultivating Community in the Patient Way of Jesus

Book - 2014
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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 to leave franchise faith behind and enter 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.
Publisher: Downers Grove, Illinois : IVP Books, [2014]
ISBN: 9780830841141
Branch Call Number: 253 Smit
Characteristics: 246 pages ; 22 cm
Contents: A theological vision for slow church
Terroir : taste and see
Stability : fidelity to people and place
Patience : entering into the suffering of others
Wholeness : the reconciliation of all things
Work : cooperating with God's reconciling mission
Sabbath : the rhythm of reconciliation
Abundance : the economy of creation
Gratitude : receiving the good gifts of God
Hospitality : generously sharing God's abundance
Dinner table conversation as a way of being church
Additional Contributors: Wilson-Hartgrove, Jonathan 1980-


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