Reading for the Common Good

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Recently I began reading the newest release of Christopher Smith, Reading for the Common Good: How Books Help our Neighborhoods and Churches Flourish. Thanks to IVP for a review copy! Smith is also the co-author of Slow Church.

The book, and its somewhat unique thesis, flows from the practice of Smith’s own church in Indianapolis. What’s the main premise? Continue reading

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The American Liturgy On Display

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Americans have a liturgy.

Matter of fact, today is a major marker in the liturgical calendar of the American story. We call it the Super Bowl. In fact, this is the 50th annual premier football event, holding a most dear place within the American liturgical calendar.

But what is liturgy?
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Misconceptions About Community

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I came across an article today at Relevant Magazine about the 5 misconceptions we have about community. It’s brief and written with a young adult audience in mind. But, suffice it to say, it has some points that I think many folk, especially younger folk, aren’t willing to think through about actual community.

As the article mentions, “community” is such a buzzword. Still, I’m not always certain we know what it means. At best, we think community is primarily about finding a place that makes me feel comfortable and fits my individual needs, rather than seeking a place that is primarily about transformation and me submitting my individual needs (including gifts & dreams) to the larger collective. This, I believe, should be part of the greater focus of a solid collective community.

That being said, check out the 5 misconceptions at the article. Below are some great summary words: Continue reading

Kill Consumerism or Be Killed

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There are not a few tragedies in the history of the church. The Crusades, the killing of those who do not line up with the Christian faith (or one particular branch of the faith), mixing the Christian faith with colonialism, particular church denominations aligning themselves with particular political parties, the despising of 2,000 years of church history…and we could probably go on and on.

But one of the great tragedies of the church today is simply this: Consumerism. Continue reading