Slow Church Paperback

Cultivating Community in the Patient Way of Jesus

by C. Christopher Smith, John Pattison;


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Slow Church

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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, travelled together and shared in all facets of life.

"The only way the church can be the church as God wants it is when the people of the church slow down enough to become the church. Good themes, excellent quotations, compelling stories and solid research mark what is one of the freshest alternatives to church life as it is today."

Centred 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.

Slow Church by C. Christopher Smith, John Pattison was published by IVP (USA) in July 2014 and is our 15312th best seller. The ISBN for Slow Church is 9780830841141.

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Contents

Foreword
Introduction

1 A Theological Vision for Slow Church

FIRST COURSE: ETHICS
2 Terroir: Taste and See
3 Stability: Fidelity to People and Place
4 Patience: Entering into the Suffering of Others

SECOND COURSE: ECOLOGY
5 Wholeness: The Reconciliation of All Things
6 Work: Cooperating with God?s Reconciling Mission
7 Sabbath: The Rhythm of Reconciliation

THIRD COURSE: ECONOMY
8 Abundance: The Economy of Creation
9 Gratitude: Receiving the Good Gifts of God
10 Hospitality: Generously Sharing God?s Abundance
11 Dinner Table Conversation as a Way of Being Church

Conclusion
Recommended Reading
Notes

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Page last updated 12th November 2016
Author / Artist
Book FormatPaperback
PublisherIVP (USA) (July 2014)
Weight259g
Number of Pages247
Thickness18 mm
Height208 mm
Width140 mm
ISBN9780830841141
ISBN-100830841148
Product Code4279806
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