December 21, 2014

IM Book Review: Disarming Scripture

Disarming Scripture: Cherry-Picking Liberals, Violence-Loving Conservatives, and Why We All Need to Learn to Read the Bible Like Jesus Did Derek Flood Metanoia Books (2014) • • • Note from CM: This book review is part of a “blog tour” to which the author invited me. Occasionally, publishers will send me books or authors will […]

IM Book Review: A Jester’s Take on the Bible

. . . the insights of these textual experts must be welcomed, even if they shake the foundations of religious dogma. To the extent they are correct, they are further iterations of the truth. And the pursuit of that truth, not self-deception or willful ignorance, is the task of religious adulthood. • Jay Michaelson How […]

IM Book Review: Our Great Big American God

Our Great Big American God: A Short History of Our Ever-Growing Deity By Matthew Paul Turner Jericho Books (August 19, 2014) • • • Matthew Paul Turner sent me a preview copy of his new book last week (it’s now available – click the link above), and it ties right in with our emphasis in […]

IM Book Review: An Agnostic Apocalypse

What would happen in the world, in the church, in our lives, if an event like the Rapture took place, but the event was completely enigmatic? What if hundreds of millions of people around the globe suddenly disappeared, but there was no rhyme or reason as to who was “taken” and who was “left behind”? […]

IM Book Review: God Is Near

Note from CM: Clark Bunch is a regular reader and commenter here at IM. He taught with Michael Spencer at OBI, and has since returned to live and work in his hometown of Calhoun, GA. The local paper there recently featured him in a “Profiles in Faith” piece. We’re excited for Clark that he had […]

Slow Church Week 5: The Church of Word and Table

Slow Church Week 5 The Church of Word and Table Christian practice in matters of spiritual formation goes badly astray when it attempts to construct or organize ways of spirituality apart from the ordinariness of life. And there is nothing more ordinary than a meal. Abstract principles — the mainstay of so much of what […]

Slow Church Week 4: The Overflowing Church

Slow Church Week 4 The Overflowing Church Love is never abstract. It does not adhere to the universe or the planet or the nation or the institution or the profession, but to the singular sparrows of the street, the lilies of the field, “the least of these my brethren.” – Wendell Berry What Are People […]

Slow Church Week 3: The Contemplative Church

Slow Church Week 3 The Contemplative Church Wonder is the only adequate launching pad for exploring a spirituality of creation, keeping us open-eyed, expectant, alive to life that is always more than we can account for, that always exceeds our calculations, that is always beyond anything we can make. – Eugene Peterson Christ Plays in […]

Slow Church Week 2: The Neighborhood Church

Slow Church Week 2 The Neighborhood Church The ways employed in our North American culture are conspicuously impersonal: programs, organizations, techniques, general guidelines, information detached from place. In matters of ways and means, the vocabulary of numbers is preferred over names, ideologies crowd out ideas, the gray fog of abstraction absorbs the sharp particularities of […]

Slow Church Week 1: The Convivial Church

SLOW CHURCH WEEK 1 The Convivial Church Before this strange disease of modern life, With its sick hurry, its divided aims, Its heads o’ertax’d, its palsied hearts… – Matthew Arnold * * * In their revelatory new book, Slow Church, Chris Smith and John Pattison reflect upon the following important words from the beginning of […]