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November 2008 Archives

Comment of the Weekend

posted by Tony Jones

Several commenters have questioned my inclusion of the “B” in GLBTQ, suggesting that bisexual persons don’t fit under the monogamy that I endorse.  But PSUdain clarifies on my behalf: There seems to be a running confusion here about the nature […]

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Advent I

posted by Tony Jones

As those of us who are Western Christians begin Advent, I want to encourage you and your church to consider joining the Advent Conspiracy: [UPDATE: Leadership Network has a nice history of the Advent Conspiracy. HT: Emergent Village.]

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The Wonders of Pandora

posted by Tony Jones

I have become a huge fan of Pandora, and, I must say, I believe it has changed my music-listening habits for good.  For those of you who don’t know, Pandora is part of the Music Genome Project — basically, it’s […]

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Other Voices on Same Sex Marriage

posted by Tony Jones

I won’t be blogging about same sex marriage this weekend, and I don’t know if Rod will nor not.  But, in the meantime, I thought I’d point you to a couple other spots where I’ve found some good thoughts: Eugene […]

Back to Gaylord

posted by Tony Jones

Having written yesterday’s essay on my childhood Thanksgivings in Gaylord, my spirit was tugged to drive out to the little town on the plains before all of the holiday festivities got underway.  So I climbed in my vehicle and drove […]

Thanksgiving in Gaylord

posted by Tony Jones

For years, it was always the same.  Around 8:45 in the morning, we’d pile in the station wagon and head over to church, greeted there by a couple high school students dressed as pilgrims and playing snare drums.  Inside, our […]

Comment of the Day

posted by Tony Jones

Rev Dave writes, “Keep rocking the quadrilateral” Ha! +1 tripp! As a transplanted Methodist, I had a similar thought (and we were just this week teaching the quad to our Confirmation class). Though I wasn’t brought up in that tradition, […]

Hitler Is Not Happy about the Changes at Emergent Village!

posted by Tony Jones

Twitters of Faith

posted by Tony Jones

There’s a new hashtag in the Twitterverse that’s attracting a lot of attention.  It’s called “Twitter of Faith,” the hashtag is #TOF, and the idea is that Tweeters would write out what they believe in 140 characters or less. If […]

Comment of the Day 2

posted by Tony Jones

I’m adding another one today since I found what BudCath had to say interesting: Thanks for your comments. I would love for America to be guided by golden rule, but it is not and never has been. Indians, slavery, jim […]

Comment of the Day

posted by Tony Jones

Sean gets right to the point — a point that Rod and I will explore much more in coming weeks. Nine biblical citations are customarily invoked as relating to homosexuality. Four (Deuteronomy 23:17, 1 Kings 14:24, I Kings 22:46 and […]

Comment of the Day

posted by Tony Jones

I’m going to start a new feature here at The New Christians.  Every day — well, almost every day — I’ll post what I consider to be a thoughtful comment that truly adds to the conversation, or a witty comment, […]

What Role Experience? Same Sex Marriage Blogalogue

posted by Tony Jones

Rod, thanks for your last post; actually I agree with you: our government does legislate morality.  In fact, that’s why I think that it’s imperative that we seriously consider the moral implications of denying same sex couples the right to […]

Blogalogue Round-Up

posted by Tony Jones

As we begin the week, here’s a round-up of the blogalogue entries so far: Tony’s Pre-Blogalogue Posts: Taking the Offline Online It’s Not about Me The Limits of Blogging Is It Inevitable? Emotions The Blogalogue Proper Tony: How I Went […]

Bad News: Stephen Baldwin Is Staying

posted by Tony Jones

I am sorry to report that Stephen Baldwin is staying in the United States.  Baldwin, a B-list celebrity and convert to conservative evangelicalism, had declared to Fox News that if Barack Obama won the presidency, he would move out of […]

A Note to Commentors

posted by Tony Jones

Hi there.  Welcome to my blog.  You may have found it because it’s been posted on some conservative website, and you feel it’s your duty to steer readers away from my false teaching.  Well, you’re welcome to do so. But, […]

The Government’s Business: Same Sex Marriage Blogalogue

posted by Tony Jones

Rod, it was great to meet you and sit on your front porch drinking coffee.  Actually, it was even more wonderful to meet Julie and the kids, your chickens, and your incapacitated dog.  I appreciated reading your story, and I’ll […]

Note from Beliefnet About Commenting

posted by admin

Dear New Christians Readers, Last week we implemented a small change to our blog commenting system – you now have to confirm that you are  a real person, and not a spammer, by typing in a few characters of text […]

A Lighter Moment: Same Sex Marriage Blogalogue

posted by Tony Jones

I met Rod yesterday, and we had a great time sitting on his porch, drinking coffee.  I can say, with all candor, that I thoroughly enjoyed his company and now consider him a friend.  I’m working on a post today […]

Tony Jones and Rod Dreher Discuss the Issue: Same Sex Marriage Blogalogue

posted by Tony Jones

How I Went from There to Here: Same Sex Marriage Blogalogue

posted by Tony Jones

Rod, as I mentioned to you in an email, I thought it might be interesting to start our same sex marriage blogalogue by telling a bit of our stories — about how we came to our respective positions on the […]

Same Sex Marriage Blogalogue: Prolegomena 4 – Emotions

posted by Tony Jones

Same sex marriage is an emotional issue to begin with, and the stakes have been significantly upped by the passage of Prop 8.  So I have no doubt that my blogalogue with Rod (which I intend to start tomorrow, on […]

My Blogging Rules

posted by Tony Jones

I imagine that I’ve got a smattering of new readers now that I’ve moved to Bnet, so let me reiterate my blogging rules, which I first iterated at theoblogy.blogspot.com and then at tonyj.net. 1) I do not edit my posts, […]

Yes, Rod, Barack Obama Is a Christian!

posted by Tony Jones

My soon-to-be-blogalogue partner, Rod Dreher, has today questioned Barack Obama’s profession of Christian faith based on a snippet of a 2004 interview in which BO refers to Jesus as a “bridge between God and man.”  Of course, BO is not […]

Getting Dooced for Obama

posted by Tony Jones

If you don’t know it, getting “dooced,” means getting fired for blogging something that your employer finds odious.  It’s a term coined by Heather Armstrong, who now blogs full time at dooce.com.  Today, Scot McKnight blogs an email from a […]

Same Sex Marriage Blogalogue: Prolegomena 3 – Is It Inevitable?

posted by Tony Jones

One question I’ve been asked repeatedly is whether the issue of same sex marriage is inevitably shifting toward cultural acceptance.  Yes, it is. As Kevin Drum pointed out last May in Washington Monthly, the American populace is shifting on same […]

Same Sex Marriage Blogalogue: Prolegomena 2 – The Limits of Blogging

posted by Tony Jones

I’m a real fan of the blogging medium, and I’m actually becoming more so.  But I think it’s only one medium in a panoply of media that help us to engage an issue like same sex marriage.  Blogs are good, […]

Same Sex Marriage Blogalogue: Prolegomena 1 – This Is Not About Me

posted by Tony Jones

In advance of my blogalogue with Rod Dreher, I want to get something off my chest.  I will write about this once and only once.  That is, this conversation about same sex marriage is not about me.  I am heterosexual, […]

Same Sex Marriage: Taking the Offline Online

posted by Tony Jones

Like a lot of Christians, I’ve been thinking about, praying about, and talking to others about my response to the passage of Proposition 8 in California.  Beginning next week, I’ll be entering into a Beliefnet blogoalogue about same sex marriage […]

Are We a Centrist Country?

posted by Tony Jones

There’s been lots of talk in the last couple weeks in the punditocracy about the the above question.  The talking heads seem to have come to two consensi (with, of course, notable exceptions): The United States is a “center-right” country […]

Dysfunction Junction

posted by Tony Jones

Last Saturday night, rain and general fatigue scuttled my plans to head into Manhattan, so my hosts and I went to see the film, Rachel Getting Married at the wonderfully quirky and historic Avon Theater in downtown Greenwich, Connecticut.  Several […]

A Eucharistic Community

posted by Tony Jones

That’s the best phrase I can come up with to describe Trinity Church, the folks with whom I spent the last three days.  Trinity is a funny place — I should say, they are an unlikely church in a strange […]

Mutual Admiration Society

posted by Tony Jones

The other night in Greenwich, Pete Rollins and I were asked to introduce one another.  Pete said some gracious things about me, and I did my best to express my love for him:

Peter Rollins Is Ironic

posted by Tony Jones

I’m in Greenwich, Connecticut for the next few days, speaking at various events at Trinity Church.  Trinity is an exceptional church — emergent by any measure — in an area not exactly known for innovative churches.  I’ve known a couple […]

Spot On

posted by Tony Jones

HT: Andrew Sullivan

“He Won It in the Suburbs”

posted by Tony Jones

So said Chuck Todd this today on Morning Joe.  Consider my hometown Exhibit A. I live in Edina, Minnesota, a quintessential suburb.  Southdale, the first-ever enclosed shopping mall was built here in 1956.  During that same era, when my mom […]

An Historic Day

posted by Tony Jones

I awoke early today, as I often do.  About 4:30am.  I had hoped to sleep longer since this is a tough stretch of travel for me.  I spoke at the National Youth Workers Convention this weekend — after 10 years […]

One Last Hunt

posted by Tony Jones

Yesterday and today, I’m at the Minnesota Horse and Hunt Club on an annual outing hosted by my uncle. My dad had knee surgery last week, so he’s absent, as is my brother, Andrew. But my brother, Ted, is here, […]

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