John Pattison

John Pattison writes and speaks frequently on topics related to the church, the neighborhood, and the creative life. He is the coauthor of Slow Church (2014) and Besides the Bible (2010) and the founder of The Resourceful Community blog. His articles, essays, and reviews have appeared in Books & Culture, Relevant, Sojourners, and The Englewood Review of Books, among many other publications. John previously served as Managing Editor of CONSPIRE Magazine and Deputy Editor of the Burnside Writers Collective. He lives with his family in Oregon's Willamette Valley.


The Half-Life of Holiness, Part 2

By John Pattison

In Part 1 of this piece I talked a bit about my new project on the re-enchanting of ordinary life. I also reflected on whether faithful presence might leave a trace that can be felt many years later. Read More ›

The Half-Life of Holiness, Part 1

By John Pattison

I recently had the privilege of editing a manuscript for my friend, the artist and writer Kari Gale. Kari writes a lot about pilgrimage and her forthcoming book describes the ten weeks she spent on Iona, Read More ›

Reports of the Church’s Death Have Been Greatly Exaggerated

By John Pattison

I spent a lot of time on the road in 2016. Too much time probably, considering that I was out there talking about the virtues of slowing down and staying put. Read More ›

If Steve Jobs Translated the Beatitudes

By John Pattison

I can’t remember for sure how it started. I think I was just driving around in my car when a phrase suddenly came to mind: “Here’s to the weak ones…” Read More ›

Theoluminescent: On Seeing and Being Seen

By John Pattison

One of the topics I’m asked to speak about most often at churches and conferences and in workshops is how God is helping churches see their neighborhoods with fresh eyes. But lately I’ve also been drawn to another aspect of this relationship. In particular, what if it is within the context of the Neighborhood that the Church itself is best seen? Read More ›