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. …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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