Advertisement

The New Christians

The New Christians

December 2008 Archives

Singing the blues with Mr. Kanye West (Anthony Smith aka Postmodern Negro)

posted by asmith

“Find God in all things” – Saint Ignatius of Loyola “the blues is an impulse to keep the painful details and episodes of a brutal experience alive in one’s aching consciousness, to finger its jagged grain, and to transcend it, […]

Advertisement

Marilyn McCord Adams on the Pragmatics of Hell (Keith)

posted by kderose

I’m hoping to get more substantial posts on the pragmatics of hell up soon, but for now, a–somewhat dated, and quite brief–report, based on her pastoral experience, from Marilyn McCord Adams (author of Horrendous Evils and the Goodness of God […]

Advertisement

Probably Parenting (Carla Barnhill)

posted by cbarnhill

Filling in for Tony this week means I have to charge up a few parts of my brain that have been in sleep mode for about a decade. I will post a more involved blog later today, but I wanted […]

Advertisement

No Pragmatic Downside? (Keith)

posted by kderose

This post will be a quick explanation of what originally got me thinking about the pragmatics of belief in traditional doctrines of hell and also of why I think it’s valuable to discuss the issue.

The Pragmatics of Belief in Hell (Keith DeRose)

posted by kderose

I’m Keith DeRose. I’m a philosopher who blogs a bit on the side. Rather than giving any more introduction to myself here, I’ll just send those who are interested in reading about me to my web page, where I have […]

A Week Unplugged

posted by Tony Jones

I cannot remember the last time that I unplugged completely, but that’s just what I’m doing starting today, though next Sunday.  No blogging; no tweeting; turning off my Facebook page, my email, and my phone. When I get back, I’m […]

Quote of the Week

posted by Tony Jones

“God has no religion.” -Mahatma Gandhi

Top 10 New Blogs

posted by Tony Jones

Of course, it’s the time for Top 10 lists.  Here’s my contribution, a listing of the best new blogs I discovered (or re-discovered) this year: 10. Gmail Blog: Of course you use Gmail, so of course you want the latest […]

Taking a Deep Breath

posted by Tony Jones

Well, if Andrew can take a week off, then any of us can.  I’ll be blogging lightly through the weekend, focusing instead on time with my kids.  Then, next week, I’ll unplug entirely, for the first time since I-can’t-remember-when.  I […]

The First Christmas Sermon Ever Preached

posted by Tony Jones

By St. John Chrysostom, December 25, 386, in Antioch I behold a new and wondrous mystery! My ears resound to the Shepherd’s song, piping no soft melody, but chanting full forth a heavenly hymn. The Angels sing! The Archangels blend […]

Comment of the Day

posted by Tony Jones

Panthera, Larry, Celsus, and others continue to have at on yesterday’s COTD, but it’s Christmas Eve, so I’m going to refrain from re-posting one of theirs here — they’re not particularly gentle. However, here’s a comment by Panthera on yesterday’s […]

The Sad, Sad Case of Ted Haggard

posted by Tony Jones

The AP’s fine religion reporter, Erik Gorski, this weekend dropped a story about the re-emergence of Ted Haggard, once-powerful president of the National Association of Evangelicals, now struggling insurance salesman.  Much to the chagrin of his former church, Haggard, his […]

Comment of the Day

posted by Tony Jones

The Comment of the Weekend, continuing the conversation on homosexuality, has drawn a bit of response.  Larry and Panthera exchanged comments that hovered just on the border of civility and then, I’m afraid, crossed that border.  We join the conversation […]

Album of the Year: Bon Iver’s “For Emma, Forever Ago”

posted by Tony Jones

When Justin Vernon’s band and love relationship both broke up, he moved from Raleigh, NC, back to Eau Claire, Wisconsin, and for three months he took up residence in his father’s cabin in the woods — three cold months: December […]

Comment of the Weekend

posted by Tony Jones

Over the weekend, I wrote a post giving three options as to why the story of Rick Warren’s inauguration prayer has hung on so long (and, as far as my blog reading this morning, it’s not going away just yet).  […]

Spiritual / Religious Book of the Year

posted by Tony Jones

Steve Waldman asked each of the Bnet bloggers to nominate the best spiritual or religious book we’ve read this year.  He’ll post them all in the next week or so. I confess that I’m ending the year having read much […]

Don’t Get Twitter?

posted by Tony Jones

Then do yourself a favor and read the Zen Habits post about Twitter.  Even if you never join, you won’t look like such a fool at dinner parties. (BTW, you can see my latest tweet on the right sidebar —–> […]

Advent IV

posted by Tony Jones

From the poem, “Advent, 1955″ by John Betjamen: The world seems traveling into space, And traveling at a faster pace Than in the leisured summer weather When we and it sit out together, For now we feel the world spin […]

Quote of the Week

posted by Tony Jones

Love seeks one thing only: the good of the one loved. It leaves all the other secondary effects to take care of themselves. Love, therefore, is its own reward. -Thomas Merton

Rick Warren’s Long Cycle

posted by Tony Jones

Methinks the biggest story this week is not BO’s choice of Papa Rick to give the inaugural invocation.  The biggest story this week is how big this story is.  It won’t go away.  I’m sure BO’s people thought it might […]

Comment of the Day

posted by Tony Jones

To my post, Penn Gillette Loves Him Some Gideons, PerpetualDreamer replies, Even though I’m no longer a Christian, I find the Gideon bibles very useful – they’re free and very effective getting missionaries off my property when I threaten to […]

Beware the Overeducated, Loud, Brash White Man

posted by Tony Jones

Christianity Today, never a great fan of the emergent movement, seems to think that said movement is in need of revitalization, at least according to the subhead of their article on my exit as national coordinator of Emergent Village.  Final […]

Penn Gillette Loves Him Some Gideons

posted by Tony Jones

The first time I saw the little green version of the Gideon’s Bible was in college.  (Not a Bible really.  More like 1/3 of a Bible.  It’s got the New Testament, Psalms, and Proverbs.)  I was driving my car along […]

Pollan plays Cornhole with Vilsack

posted by Tony Jones

This morning, on NPR, Michael Pollan expressed his deep ambivalence about Obama’s Ag Sec pick, Tom Vilsack.  Contrary to what one commenter expressed on my earlier post about this, I have and will continue to criticize BO when I disagree […]

Comment(s) of the Day

posted by Tony Jones

Well, color me astonished.  Mega-commenter A Walker shows us all that he’s not just a one-trick (SSM) pony.  He’s not only familiar with Walter Rauschenbush, but he favorably quotes the social gospeler in response to my Rick Warren post of […]

Food Fight! Beliefnet Bloggers Debate Rick Warren

posted by Tony Jones

There’s a bit of an in-house dust-up here at Bnet over Steve Waldman’s extensive interview with Rick Warren (VIDEO / TRANSCRIPT). Steve’s posted on it a few times, as have others around the blogosphere. But here in the friendly confines […]

Playing Cornhole with Vilsack

posted by Tony Jones

Let me agree with Rod, Ezra, and Matt that Tom Vilsack is a very disappointing pick by Obama for Secretary of Agriculture.  As someone who lives in corn-producing state, I’ve seen my otherwise level-headed governor pander time and time again […]

Whatever Happened to the SSM Blogalogue?

posted by Tony Jones

Some of you have asked what happened to the Same Sex Marriage Blogalogue between me and Rod Dreher.  Well, between Thanksgiving, an email snafu, Rod’s vacation and lingering stomach flu, then my stomach bug, we’ve taken a month hiatus. I’m […]

Comment of the Day

posted by Tony Jones

From Basil, responding to Quote of the Weekend: I appreciate the civil tenor of all of these comments. I am a gay man, who is exploring my own religious beliefs, via Quakerism, and enjoy my worship greatly. I am very […]

Stand By Me

posted by Tony Jones

I was emailed this beautiful YouTube last week, and I only just watched it today: A note about the creator of this short music video: Filmmaker Mark Johnson traveled around the globe getting street musicians and others to record part […]

Worshipping at the Porcelein Altar

posted by Tony Jones

I’m calling in sick this morning to the blogosphere.  I’ll try to rally by this afternoon…

Schuller’s Son Booted, then Leaves

posted by Tony Jones

File this in the “could’ve seen this coming” file.I remember watching the Hour of Power on TV in January, 2006, and seeing, amid great pomp and ceremony, Robert Schuller pass on the gold medal (?!?) that signifies leadership of the […]

I Want my Green M&Ms

posted by Tony Jones

As someone who travels to speak 2-3 times per month, I have a simple memorandum-of-understanding that I ask my hosts to sign.  It covers things like travel and reimbursements. When I was a youth pastor, I also booked a couple […]

Quote of the Weekend

posted by Tony Jones

To the post, The Newsweek Same Sex Marriage Kerfuffle, Dr. O’Hanlan writes, Galileo (science) was right and the Catholic Church was wrong and we finally had to admit it 500 years later. Science has some weighty evidence for us and […]

Brian McLaren Interviews Peter Rollins

posted by Tony Jones

HT: Mike Morrell

Advent III

posted by Tony Jones

Rowan Willams has the honor of leading us in an Advent meditation:

Minnesota Men Say the Darndest Things

posted by Tony Jones

According to Men’s Health Magazine, men from Minnesota rank highly in the 25 Meanest Things Ever Said by Men and the 11 Smartest Things Ever Said about Fatherhood.  Included in the lists, Minnesotans Prince, Hubert Humphrey, Harmon Killebrew, and Garrison […]

Quote of the Week

posted by Tony Jones

We’re starting a new weekly feature here at The New Christians.  It’s the Quote of the Week.  Nominations are always welcome — just post them in the comment section. Our inaugural quote: “God is both the shit and the fan.” […]

The Newsweek Same Sex Marriage Kerfuffle

posted by Tony Jones

Newsweek editor Jon Meacham gambled this week, and he gambled big.  In what is, by any measure and extraordinary piece of journalism, Newsweek religion editor Lisa Miller wrote a cover story that basically says, the Bible does not define marriage […]

Comment of the Day

posted by Tony Jones

Sam comments on my Rich Cizik post: I thank God for Rich Cizik’s courage. He was just out here at Azusa Pacific University where I now work and spoke some good words. I am like him, for civil unions for […]

Richard Cizik Shifts His View on SSU and Is Asked to Resign

posted by Tony Jones

On Fresh Air with Terry Gross, National Association of Evangelicals vice president of governmental affairs Rich Cizik admitted that his views on same sex unions are shifting.  While he made it clear that he does not favor same sex marriage, […]

An Anglican Shofar?

posted by Tony Jones

When I was a youth pastor, my church occasionally hosted an “ecumenical” worship service that moved around the Twin Cities in an attempt to unite Christians in worship.  (Truth be told, the monthly service was dominated by Pentecostals who danced, […]

Texas Redacts the Gays

posted by Tony Jones

From Harpers Magazine, 2005:

An Interview at The High Calling

posted by Tony Jones

Last summer, Marcus Goodyear interviewed me for The High Calling, an online magazine of Laity Lodge in Texas.  (In fact, I can remember exactly where I was: sitting next to Michael Toy‘s pool during a day off from the Church […]

Adam on E-Friendship

posted by Tony Jones

Adam Walker-Cleaveland’s posts have lessened in both frequency and profundity since he graduated from Princeton Seminary and entered the workaday world of church ministry.  But occasionally he drops a gem that reminds us of why Pomomusings charted the course for […]

Merton on PBS

posted by Tony Jones

Thanks to David Crumm for the heads-up that most PBS stations will this weekend show Soul Searching: The Journey of Thomas Merton.  Today, Crumm interviews the filmmaker, Morgan Atkinson at Read the Spirit.  Money Q&A: DAVID: People talk about The […]

Comment of the Day

posted by Tony Jones

“Duh-sciple” has quickly become one of my favorite commenters.  under the post, Is Rick Warren a Centrist, s/he writes, Remember that when we draw the line between “us” and “them” between the “pure” and the “depraved” between the “saved” and […]

An Advent Meditation by Christine Sine

posted by Tony Jones

Christine Sine, medical doctor, futurist, new monastic, mustard seeder, has produced a little Advent meditation that’s worth three minutes of your time: HT: Bob Robinson

CONSP!RE Magazine Seeking Submissions

posted by Tony Jones

From Darin Peterson this morning: Call for visions and voices in our premier issue. DATE:  Spring 2009 (March) GENERAL THEME:  Resurrection Stories WHAT WE’RE LOOKING FOR: At the core of all Christian belief is this bizarre, astonishing, and absurd claim:  […]

Free Emergent Music

posted by Tony Jones

Church of the Beloved is an Anglimergent church in North Seattle and a daughter church of Church of the Apostles.  They’ve produced a wonderful album called Hope for a Tree Cut Down, and it’s available for free on their website.  […]

Comment of the Day

posted by Tony Jones

Two in a row for Dr. Science! Wow, I just checked back to see if the old thread had died, and what do I find! Thank you, Tony. BTW, the pronoun used for me is “she”, not “he”. “A Walker” […]

Recap of The Great Emergence National Event

posted by Tony Jones

Friday and Saturday of last week marked the inaugural event of JoPa Productions, a partnership between Doug Pagitt and me.  Doug and I are involved in the publishing industry both as authors and as editors/consultants/gadflies.  And just when it seems […]

Comment of the Weekend

posted by Tony Jones

To my post regarding Zach Lind’s support of SSM, over against the arguments Dan Kimball noted that it may lead to the legalization of polygamy, Dr. Science writes, Civil marriage is a legal contract between two persons. Same-sex marriage acknowledges […]

Is Rick Warren a Centrist?

posted by Tony Jones

Many seem to think so, especially in light of works of compassion in Africa, but Andrew is not falling for it.  It seems that Rick went on Fox News and agreed with Sean Hannity that Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad should […]

The Great Emergence Tweets

posted by Tony Jones

Here are the assembled Tweets from The Great Emergence National Event:

Bad News for Those of Us in Publishing

posted by Tony Jones

My editor extraordinaire at Jossey-Bass, Sheryl Fullerton, pointed me to a depressing post from Chip McGregor (a well-known literary agent) on the Black Friday (December 3) in the publishing industry. Some of the lowlights: Simon & Schuster cut 35 people […]

Comment of the Day

posted by Tony Jones

The conversation continues my most-read Beliefnet post to date: Same Sex Marriage Blogalogue: How I Went from There to Here.  Ben contributed this: Yes, The Holy Bible is very clear on a lot of things. Circumcision, for instance. And what […]

Episcopal Divorce

posted by Tony Jones

On the eve of our Great Emergence National Event in Memphis comes news of a new denomination of breakaway Episcopal dioceses.  While this is no surprise, it is unfortunate, methinks.  It’s also a sign of the death of denominations, which […]

Zach Lind Stands Firm on the Slippery Slope

posted by Tony Jones

The next thing I hope tackle with Rod in our Same Sex Blogalogue is the “slippery slope,” which keeps coming up in the comments.  The argument usually goes like this: if we allow gay marriage, the next thing we know, […]

Memphis Bar-B-Que

posted by Tony Jones

As I wrote this summer on the Church Basement Roadshow, every place south of the Mason-Dixon line seems to think that they have the best BBQ.  IMHO, Kansas City and Memphis lead the pack (although Texas Brisket deserves a spot […]

Comment of the Day

posted by Tony Jones

There’s a really fascinating string of comments under Tuesday’s post, Are You an MIE (Multi-Issue Evangelical)? regarding abortion.  It’s hard to pick just one comment, but RJohnson’s stood out to me as particularly thoughtful: “A fetus should not legally be […]

Are You an MIE (Multi-Issue Evangelical)?

posted by Tony Jones

I’ve never claimed to be an evangelical, which will make many evangelicals happy.  However,  others do pin that term on me, including my friend, Keith DeRose.  Keith is a philosopher at Yale and a Class-A blog lurker and commenter (he […]

Off to Memphis

posted by Tony Jones

I leave Minneapolis today for Memphis, Tennessee, in advance of The Great Emergence National Event with Phyllis Tickle.  My posts in the next few days will likely be focused on bar-b-que.  And, I suppose, on the content of the event […]

Comment of the Day

posted by Tony Jones

Dr. Science weighs in on the question, Is There a Religious Left? As “Your name” demonstrates, the answer to Tony’s question is “Yes”. Back in November 2004, Jeff Sharlet confessed it quite clearly, talking about questions he and Peter Manseau […]

Is There a Religious Left?

posted by Tony Jones

Not yet, according to Jeff Sharlet.  Sharlet was recently asked to contribute to a book on the supposed Religious Left, and he has posted the draft of his chapter at The Revealer (to which you all should subscribe). This is […]

Calming Post-Election Words from a Pastor

posted by Tony Jones

Over at Presbymergent, Leon Bloder has posted an open letter to his congregation, First Presbyterian of Eustis, Florida.  In it, he urges calm among congregants who are either ecstatic or in despair over BO’s election victory.  Money quote: As the […]

Previous Posts

My Blog Has Moved
Dear Readers, After a year with Beliefnet, I've decided to move to my own domain for my blogging.  It's been a fine year -- some things worked, other things didn't.  But in the end, I'll be a better blogger on my own.  My thanks to the Bnet editorial staff; they've been very supportive. Ple

posted 12:13:57pm Nov. 13, 2009 | read full post »

The Most Important Cartoon of the Year
By Steve Breen, San Diego Tribune, October 18, 2009

posted 8:51:22am Oct. 25, 2009 | read full post »

Social Media for Pastors
Following up on Christianity21, we at JoPa Productions are developing a series of boot camps for pastors who want to learn about and utilize social media tools like blogging, Twitter, and Facebook.  These are one-day, hands-on learning experiences, currently offered in the Twin Cities and soon

posted 10:45:52am Oct. 22, 2009 | read full post »

Ending Christian Euphemisms: "Fundamentalist"
I've taken some heat in the comment section for using yesterday's post on "unbiblical" and a "higher view of scripture" as a thin foil for my own disregard of biblical standards. To the contrary, I was pointing to the use of the word unbiblical as a stand-in for a particularly thin hermeneutic. Ther

posted 10:15:41am Oct. 21, 2009 | read full post »

Why You Should Get GENERATE
Last week at Christianity21, GENERATE Magazine debuted. With the tag line, "an artifact of the emergence conversation," it fit perfectly at the gathering. When I actually got around to reading it last weekend, I was truly surprised at how good it is.There have been several efforts to begin a paper j

posted 3:14:37pm Oct. 20, 2009 | read full post »

Advertisement


Report as Inappropriate

You are reporting this content because it violates the Terms of Service.

All reported content is logged for investigation.