Articles By: John Pattison

John Pattison is the co-author of BESIDES THE BIBLE: 100 BOOKS THAT HAVE, SHOULD, OR WILL CREATE CHRISTIAN CULTURE (2010) and the upcoming SLOW CHURCH, both from IVP. He is a frequent contributor to RELEVANT Magazine and is a member of the National Book Critics Circle. He lives in Oregon's Willamette Valley with his wife, Kate, and daughter Molly. He blogs HERE and HERE.

Somewhere Beyond the Barricade

Somewhere Beyond the Barricade
Kate and I saw Les Miserables tonight, the new film starring Hugh Jackman, Anne Hathaway, and Russell Crowe. It is a truly stunning movie. The director, his crew, and these talented actors were able to take the spectacle of the stage show and translate it into a remarkably intimate story. Kate and...
December 27th, 2012 | Featured, Film | Read More

Eating, Talking, and Plotting Goodness

Eating, Talking, and Plotting Goodness
 Conspire! magazine is a project of The Simple Way and a growing number of “co-conspiring communities” around the country. Each themed issue includes great writing and visual art, all with an eye toward building relationships and exploring “the questions of faith that arise from living...
October 24th, 2011 | Featured, Food and Drink | Read More

Blue Like Jazz: The Movie – Official Trailer

Blue Like Jazz: The Movie – Official Trailer
June 6th, 2011 | Essays, Featured | Read More

Chance to Win a Book

Chance to Win a Book
Our friends over at the Englewood Review of Books are giving away five free copies of Ragan Sutterfield’s Farming as a Spiritual Discipline. I read something like seventy books last year. And Ragan’s book, which I finished in the waning days of 2010, was my favorite of all of them. This...
April 21st, 2011 | Books, Featured | Read More

Praise Him for the Pudding River in Flood

Praise Him for the Pudding River in Flood
Yesterday I calculated that in 2010 – including grants, essays, articles, book reviews, and my final few essays for Besides the Bible – I wrote over 400,000 words. That level of output, along with the strain of being the sole proprietor of my grant writing business, is wearing me down....
March 22nd, 2011 | Essays, Featured | Read More

BtB Excerpt: “Strength to Love,” by Martin Luther King, Jr.

BtB Excerpt: “Strength to Love,” by Martin Luther King, Jr.
[Editor's Note: Today is Martin Luther King Day. To mark the occasion we are publishing John Pattison's essay on Dr. King's essential book, Strength to Love. This essay originally appeared in Besides the Bible: 100 Books that Have, Should, or Will Create Christian Culture, which was co-written by Dan...
January 17th, 2011 | Essays, Featured | Read More

Advent: Haunt of the Wild Heart

Advent: Haunt of the Wild Heart
Mt. Angel Abbey is a Benedictine monastery located about four miles from my house. The abbey was built by 19th-century Swiss monks on a butte in Marion County, Oregon. On a relatively clear day, it’s possible to sit on a bench next to the retreat house and look out over hundreds of square miles...
December 13th, 2010 | Essays, Featured | Read More

Interview with Dan Gibson, John Pattison and Jordan Green

Interview with Dan Gibson, John Pattison and Jordan Green
We warned you we’d be pimping this book thing pretty hard.  If you didn’t get the memo, the three of us wrote a book called Besides the Bible – 100 Books That Have, Should, or Will Change Christian Culture.  It’s being heralded the greatest book about books ever written, or...
December 2nd, 2010 | Books, Burnside Sells Out, Featured | Read More

BtB Excerpt: The Long Loneliness, by Dorothy Day

BtB Excerpt: The Long Loneliness, by Dorothy Day
(Editor’s Note: Continuing our policy of basically giving away the entire contents of our book before it’s released next week, here is our fourth excerpt from Besides the Bible – 100 Books That Have, Should or Will Change Christian Culture.  We have also started a Besides the Bible blog that...
November 12th, 2010 | Books, Featured | Read More

BtB Excerpt: Silence, by Shusaku Endo

BtB Excerpt: Silence, by Shusaku Endo
(Editor’s Note: This is our third excerpt from Besides the Bible – 100 Books That Have, Should or Will Change Christian Culture.  This time, John Pattison writes on Shusaku Endo’s Silence. You can learn more about our book, Besides the Bible, here and here. You can buy it here.) Francis...
November 2nd, 2010 | Books, Burnside Sells Out, Featured | Read More