Is ‘slow church’ good or bad?

The book Slow Church ought to be an interesting read. (See notice of it here.) We’d likely agree with much of it. The mega-church to us appears a creation of something far from Scripture. Jerusalem in the beginning might have been called a mega-church, but it did not long remain so. Even at that, it did not then have the marks of the massive overhead and top-heavy beasts of today.

Having forecast our agreement with the basic idea of the book (I say forecast, since we’ve not read it), the name of slow church doesn’t seem to be a good one. At least one of the authors works with a post-mega-church, after the deflation occurred. One wonders if the book isn’t something of a justification or defense of going from 1000+ to 180 members. Continue reading

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Book: The Spirituality of Fund-raising

This 40-page booklet by Henri J. M. Nouwen was once offered for free, back when I ordered it, but not now. I suppose they thought it more spiritual to charge an absurd $13.50 for it. I benefited from it, but probably wouldn’t pay that price for that few pages, especially considering that there’s only about 27 pages of actual text. OK, so it is a slick, full-color print job on every page.

If you don’t have a good handle on what I’d call the theology of fund-raising, it might be a good investment as you begin or seek to sustain your missionary task. I’ve heard a few brethren raising funds who desperately need to read it, but they probably think they have a handle on how to do it.

The booklet is the transcript of a speech Nouwen gave to a foundation. He has good words. If it provides you with a context for fund-raising, that might just justify the price since it could leverage your efforts.

Here’s a short quote from the booklet. Continue reading

I AM: a book with missionary spirit

On the Forthright Press site, we noted the release of HCU’s book, I AM: A Study of the True and Living God. It bears noting here that the book was written with the needs of India in mind.

Bill Bagents wrote that the book

“was born out of a desire to aid evangelism in India. Indian evangelist P.R. Swamy believes that such a foundational book will not only help in evangelism, but that it will also help ground new Christians. He is having the book translated into Tamil.”

Obviously, this book, whose subject thrills me to see, will have great use in the U.S. and other parts of the world. Though I’ve not seen it, I know the people who wrote, edited and published it, so I am sure it deserves a wide distribution and translation into many languages.