My book review of Slow Church: Cultivating Community in the Patient Way of Jesus by C. Christopher Smith and John Pattison (IVP, 2014).
This post begins with a short video explaining the missional church -- people empowered and encouraged to be the church in their community, following Jesus and bearing witness to him wherever they work, play, and live. But as I've been thinking about this more, I wonder, for a church to be missional, must all of the arrows point outward? Is being the church and living out the good news only for the surrounding community and world? Is everyone who is part of the church a missionary, and every place outside the church a mission field?
In this post, I look back at my month of Making Manifest, and share a few lines of poetry, keeping in mind as writer and poet Dave Harrity writes, "Don't be shy -- everyone is on an even playing field. What you've just written is probably malformed junk, but you never know what might come from it."
Video. I loved everything about the new Robert Bateman Centre in Victoria, B.C. Most visitors to the Centre begin with this video which is a great introduction to this Canadian artist and naturalist and his concern for the environment.
Highlights from an interview with Wendell Berry at this year's American Academy of Religion and Society of Biblical Literature.
My visit to St. Boniface Cathedral, Winnipg, Manitoba was like a sacred pause, where "Ordinary time is suspended to make a little space for eternity to reveal itself" (quote from Going on Retreat by Margaret Silf).
Besides physical appearance, there are so many other qualities that make a beautiful person: intelligence, wit, a gracious spirit, an interest in other people, compassion, a sense of humour, to name just a few. [Video and links]
Sandra Heska King is a wonderful photographer and writer who describes herself as "seeking stillness and simplicity to see." In this guest post, she shares her words and photographs as sacred pause.