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Reviews and Such Books

Reading for the Common Good

Last week, Chris Smith, the editor of the Englewood Review of Books, celebrated his birthday by offering review copies of his latest book, Reading for the Common Good: How Books Help our Churches and Neighborhoods to Flourish. Slow Church, Smith’s previous book written with Jon Pattison is one of my favourite books of the last few years. So, I eagerly accepted the offer to read through Smith’s latest offering. Reading For the Common Good – Main Argument The basic argument Smith puts…Continue readingReading for the Common Good

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Reviews and Such Books Common Eating Recipes theology

More With Less, Memories, Milestones

This year is a milestone year for me. On October 12 I hit the big 5-0. In accordance with such a momentous event, it is a national holiday in Canada (as it should be every year). 2015 marks a couple of other notable events in my life. It was 25 years ago that I spent a summer in Southern Ontario on a course sponsored by the now defunct Student Mission Advance. The course was called World Christian Leadership Development. 2015…Continue readingMore With Less, Memories, Milestones

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Common Eating Community Food

Bell Tower Community Cafe

It’s a typical scene that you see at many food banks. People come in the door, line-up and wait as they proceed along to the table, where they register to receive a food hamper. However, it’s what happens after they’ve registered that make this food bank a little different. This food bank is the Bell Tower Community Cafe, operating out of Westminster United Church. Once the clients have registered they are encouraged to go and grab a bowl of soup,…Continue readingBell Tower Community Cafe

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Common Eating theology

Slow Church-Taste and See

Over at bubsblurbs.com I’ve just finished a review of a book entitled Slow Church.  In the book, the authors make the contention that we need to slow down in our approach to the way and which we practice our church life.  They fear that the church has succumbed to “McDonaldization” and needs to recover a practice of “Slow Church,” much like many in the food world are saying we need to recover a practice of “Slow Food.” Chris Smith and Jon…Continue readingSlow Church-Taste and See