Stanley Hauerwas

Today is the birthday of theologian Stanley Hauerwas!

Although I don’t always agree with him, Stanley Hauerwas’s work (and that of his many students, e.g., Phil Kenneson and others associated with The Ekklesia Project) has been absolutely vital to the Slow Church book that John Pattison and I co-wrote.

In honor of his birthday, I pick out 10 brief video clips of Hauerwas talking about key virtues and practices related to Slow Church. If you want to read one book by Stanley Hauerwas that is most compatible with Slow Church, I suggest Living Gently in a Violent World (co-written with Jean Vanier).

Several of these clips were made by Travis Reed of The Work of the People. Be sure to visit his website, check out other extraordinary videos he has created and contribute generously to his work!
*** Check out the full catalog of TWOTP’s Stanley Hauerwas videos

Enjoy these short videos with Stanley Hauerwas:

Prayer/Waiting | Presence | Church Growth Movement
Patience | Formation in the Church  | The Whole Church  | 
Hope is Presence | Engaging Evangelicals  | Community and Conflict

Prayer and Waiting:

“If prayer has taught me anything, it has taught me how to wait.”



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Image Credit: From the cover to Hauerwas’s memoir Hannah’s Child… (Buy it now!)

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“We complain of the increased tempo of our lives, but our frenetic lives are just reflection of the economic system that we have created.”
-Stanley Hauerwas
Born on this date, 1940

*** Books by Stanley Hauerwas
Poem of the Day:
by Liberty Hyde Bailey
(Because every day is INTERdependence Day)
*** Our intro to Bailey’s life & work.

Kindle Ebook Deal of the Day: 
The Divine Embrace: Recovering the Passionate Spiritual Life
by Robert Webber

Only $2.51!
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The Wake Up Call – July 24, 2014

Medieval Christianity

This is the latest post in a series that will, in effect, create a library of classics that are available as free ebooks.

Check out the full library to date here….

This week we focus on Medieval Christianity. We have selected the following books as recommended reading.

We are encouraging our readers to mix up their reading habits, and read (or re-read) classics in addition to new books, such as the ones we review here in the ERB.

Broadly speaking, a classic is any book that is not a new book, or in other words that is worth reading five, ten or even one hundred years after its initial publication. ERB Editor Chris Smith has an article on The Huffington Post website arguing for reading a mix of classics and new books.

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“I think that to a very great extent we are partners with the divine in this enterprise called history.”
- Chaim Potok, novelist
who died on this date, 2002

*** Books by Chaim Potok

Poem of the Day:
Against Acedia
by David Wheeler

Kindle Ebook Deal of the Day: 
The Book of Bebb: 4 Novels
by Frederick Buechner

Only $2.99!
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The Wake Up Call – July 23, 2014

“Great art is the outward expression of an inner life in the artist”
-Edward Hopper
born on this day, 1882

*** Books about Edward Hopper

Poem of the Day:
A Revolver
by Carl Sandburg,
who died on this day in 1967
“nothing in human philosophy persists more strangely than the old belief that God is always on the side of those who have the most revolvers.”
Kindle Ebook Deal of the Day: 
The Future of Faith
by Harvey Cox
Only $2.99!
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The Wake Up Call – July 22, 2014

Here are a few new book releases from this week that are worth checking out:

(Where possible, we have also tried to include a review/interview related to the book…)

See a book here that you’d like to review for us?
Contact us, and we’ll talk about the possibility of a review.

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Being Christian: Baptism, Bible, Eucharist, Prayer

by Rowan Williams

Read an interview with the author from RNS

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“Politics will eventually be replaced by imagery. The politician will be only too happy to abdicate in favor of his image, because the image will be much more powerful than he could ever be.”
- Marshall McLuhan
born on this day, 1911

Poem of the Day:
Bard’s Epitaph
by Robert Burns,
who died on this day in 1796

Kindle Ebook Deal of the Day: 
Exiles: Living Missionally in a Post-Christian Culture
by Michael Frost
Only $3.03!
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The Wake Up Call – July 21, 2014

Steven P. MillerCan Evangelicalism be Born Again?

A Review of

The Age of Evangelicalism: America’s Born Again Years

Steven P. Miller

Hardback: Oxford UP, 2014
Buy now: [ Amazon ]  [ 
Kindle ]

Reviewed by Betsy Shirley


I nearly choked on my sandwich. A remake of the movie Left Behind? In 2014? I was sure my friend had misread something.


But a quick Google search and there it was, incontrovertible evidence: due in theaters October 3, starring Nicholas Cage, with a budget that one Wall Street Journal blogger simply described as “expensive.”


What does it mean, when Hollywood produces a 2014 remake of a 2000 movie based on a bestselling 1990’s book series? Is Left Behind is simply the newest offspring of Hollywood’s desperation for profit coupled with our infatuation for remakes and sequels, like so many installments of Transformers and X-Men before it?

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James K.A. SmithWe Are All Secular

How (Not) To Be Secular: Reading Charles Taylor

James K.A. Smith

Paperback: Eerdmans, 2014
Buy now:  [ Amazon ]   [ Kindle ]

Reviewed by Brad Fruhauff
James Smith sets out to accomplish two main things in his short book. First: to paraphrase and condense Charles Taylor’s magisterial 2007 A Secular Age as “an homage and a portal” to the larger book. Second: to translate some of Taylor’s philosophical musings into practical questions for reflection for Christians in ministry or leadership contexts. It’s important to keep in mind that, unlike some accounts of secularism, this isn’t primarily about disarming the logic of secularity or explaining why the New Atheists are wrong. Nor is Smith about to use to Taylor to sound an altar call back to some foundational truth of Christianity as an antidote to secularity. It is neither polemic nor didactic in that way. It is, however, always intriguing and often illuminating. Thus it succeeds as an “homage.”

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Amazon is running sales on a number of great novels!

These Kindle Fiction Bargains would make for excellent summer reading!

Kindle Fiction Bargains 1) The Book of Bebb: Four Novels by Frederick Buechner

2) Walk Two Moons: A Novel – Sharon Creech
$1.99   (A Newbery Medal Winner)
3) Eleanor & Park: A Novel by Rainbow Rowell
$3.99  (A 2014 Printz Award Winner!)

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