THREE MILES AN HOUR cropped up in the 24 hour conference I’ve just got back from – in one presentation and in no fewer than five separate conversations I enjoyed. I vaguely remembered writing a blog piece a few years ago about the marvellous Kosuke Koyama’s Three Mile An Hour God. This is it:

Simon Marsh

MANY YEARS AGO I read and delighted in Kosuke Koyama’s Three Mile an Hour God. It was, even then, in the earliest days of my ordained pastoral ministry, an almost indescribable relief to read a theological work that spoke of our human need to slow down.

Love has its speed. It is a spiritual speed. It is a different kind of speed from the technological speed to which we are accustomed. It goes on in the depth of our life, whether we notice it or not, at three miles an hour. It is the speed we walk and therefore the speed the love of God walks.

I recall Joe, the tour guide I encountered on my first pilgrimage to the Holy Land. “Welcome folks”, he grinned, “you’re about to begin running where Jesus walked.” And he wasn’t joking. And I thought I’d be all burned out by the end of the…

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