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Rick Advises Pastors

posted by Tony Jones

I think that Rick Bennett is one of the most under-appreciated emergbloggers around.  Today he’s decided to dole out some advice to pastors.  He and his family have been looking for a church, so he knows of what he speaks.  […]

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Do People Still Hit their Kids?

posted by Tony Jones

Yes, they do.  It’s called “spanking.”  Here’s the premise: In order to improve your children’s behavior, you hit them.  Makes virtually no sense, right?  Well, that’s exactly what a new study confirmed: Children who were spanked tend to be more […]

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Emerging Church Round-Up

posted by Tony Jones

There’s been some pretty good stuff floating around the interwebs recently on emergent/ing church movement.  I wrote about my experience at the Christian Book Expo last week.  Meanwhile, there was an historic meeting of over 900 at the first-ever Catholic-Emergent […]

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What Is Practical Theology? Part Eight

posted by Tony Jones

After an all-to-lengthy excursion into interdisciplinary method, it’s time to get back into the four core tasks of practical theology. Having been through the descriptive and empirical moments, the third moment of PT is the normative moment. It is now, […]

What Is Practical Theology? Part Seven

posted by Tony Jones

OK, this is the final part of what was meant to be a brief tangent. But Jimmy brings up an important caveat in his comment below. My not-so-hypothetical situation of a troubled teen in the school counselor’s office was sanitized […]

Christian Book Expo: My View

posted by Tony Jones

I’d been waiting for Publisher’s Weekly to file a report on the Christian Book Expo of last weekend, and now they have.  Marcia Nelson begins with this ominous lede, Stacks of unsold books and glum publishers stood for three days […]

What Is Practical Theology? Part Six

posted by Tony Jones

OK, I’ll start with a concrete situation in order to illustrate the promise of “tranversal rationality.” [UPDATE: This is a hypothetical situation; the “boy” is meant to represent a concrete situation or problem. Another analogy could be, for instance, all […]

Are Academic Theologians Useless?

posted by Tony Jones

I’ve posted on that question over at Religion Dispatches. We’re at a turning point, right now, because of a confluence of two events: 1) the MSM has finally figured out that 3/4s of American’s are religious, and 2) the Religious […]

A Conversation at the Christian Book Expo

posted by Tony Jones

Following my panel discussion, about which I will report soon, I was approached by a well-dressed guy wearing name badge that identified him on the staff with the Institute for Creation Research, an organization with which I was not familiar.  […]

What Is Practical Theology? Part Five

posted by Tony Jones

How does one navigate the pluralism of our world today? There’s a lot at stake in this question. Currently, there are only a few options available to Christians in a globalized/pluralistic/postmodern society: liberal accomodationism, conservative retreatism, Hauerwasian sectarianism, and the […]

What Is Practical Theology? Part Four

posted by Tony Jones

OK, I was all brewing up a great intermezzo post with a provisional definition of PT, then I got this anonymous comment that blew me away: Practical theology is that theological discipline which is concerned with the Church’s self-actualization here […]

What Is Practical Theology? Part Three

posted by Tony Jones

Practical Theology is a self-consciously hermeneutical enterprise. Now, if you’re a regular reader of this blog, you know that I think that all of life is, essentially, a hermeneutical endeavor. Each of us is an interpreter, of our surroundings, our […]

What Is Practical Theology? Part Two

posted by Tony Jones

Practical theology (PT), as a discipline, takes a great deal of interest in empirical information. In fact, there is an entire school of thinking within PT — found mainly in the Netherlands and Germany — that’s called “Empirical Theology.” Practical […]

What Is Practical Theology? Part One

posted by Tony Jones

Among my most popular posts from my old blog were those on my working definition of practical theology.  As I am engaged in the section of my dissertation in which I establish my version of practical theology, I’ll repost the […]

One Day News Boycott

posted by Tony Jones

So, I happened to turn the news on in the middle of the night, and I caught wind of President Obama’s bad joke about bowling being like the Special Olympics. We all now what’s coming: a media onslaught of replays […]

Emergent Village Podcast & Generate Magazine

posted by Tony Jones

Two announcements this morning: 1) The Emergent Village podcast relaunches with an interview of Daniel Harrell, author of Nature’s Witness. 2) Generate Magazine launches — it’s by and about the emerging church conversation, broadly conceived.

Liberal, Conservative, Evangelical, Mainline, Progressive

posted by Tony Jones

Last week at the Transforming Theology confab, these terms came up again and again.  And, as usual, much frustration was expressed about the lack of meaning in these words. One debate was over the words “liberal” and “progressive.” Some in […]

America’s Next Top Theologian?

posted by Tony Jones

So, if theologians squared off on a reality show, would a brawl endue, like on America’s Next Top Model?  Probably not. But Jonathan L. Walton (who, I must say, was very impressive at Claremont last week) takes up the challenges […]

When Brad Cecil Talks, I Listen (especially when he talks about Mark Driscoll)

posted by Tony Jones

In my latest book, The New Christians, I cast Brad Cecil as the unheralded protaganist of the emergent movement .  In many ways, he was.  Coming from an ultra-conservative world of youth evangelism, he volunteer-pastored at a Texas mega-Bible church.  […]

Transforming Theology: Emergence for Emergents, Part Two

posted by Tony Jones

Here’s part two of the video conversation between theologian/philosopher of science, Phillip Clayton, and me.

How Clean ARE You?

posted by Tony Jones

The Washlet.  Does it creep you out?  And seriously, how many euphemisms can you use to avoid saying, “This thing shoots hot water up your ass, then dries you.”?

Transforming Theology: Emergence for Emergents, Part One

posted by Tony Jones

Phillip Clayton and I sat down on Friday night for a conversation about emergence science and emergent church.  Here’s part one of the video: Thanks to videographer Ryan Parker.

Transforming Theology Wrap-Up: Everything You Think About Progressive Theology Is Wrong

posted by Tony Jones

Well, my time here at Claremont is just about up. I’m sitting in Mudd Auditorium, listening to the second of two public panels.  Here are my reflections, looking back on the last three days. First, I have to note that […]

Liveblogging Transforming Theology – Day 3

posted by Tony Jones

Starting Day 3 here at Claremont School of Theology, we’re having panels about whether progressive theology can transform society. 9:26am – Jack Fitzmier, who leads the American Academy of Religion, is intense and challenging.  He says that the right people […]

Liveblogging Transforming Theology – Day 2

posted by Tony Jones

I’m at the inaugural Transforming Theology gathering: Rekindling Theological Imagination: Transformative Thought for Progressive Action.  Today we’re talking about the church. 9:16am – Harvey Cox, of Harvard, is giving his 5-minute statement.  He thinks there is an epochal shift coming […]

SoCal Readers Take Note

posted by Tony Jones

Tonight and tomorrow night there are live, public, free events in Claremont with some of the leading progressive theologians in the world.  And tonight’s event is followed by a TheoPub at which you can sit, have a beer, and talk […]

This Week

posted by Tony Jones

This week has been a light blogging week.  I even removed a post that I wrote yesterday about this because an emailer told me it was too inflammatory and mean-spirited. But, I’m flying off to SoCal today to participate in […]

Comment of the Day

posted by Tony Jones

Sara weighs in on Original Sin: And now it’s time for a woman’s perspective on “original sin.” Eve, the woman, fell for the snake’s deceit. Eve, the woman, was a deceived transgressor, not Adam (1 Timothy 2:14). Eve, the woman, […]

Comment of the Day

posted by Tony Jones

I’m with Larry: Actually, the mere existence of soccer is proof of total depravity.

Comment of the Day

posted by Tony Jones

Rick brashly flaunts my prohibition: To prove total depravity, I only need to look at the following: 1. NFL officiating, especially when the Steelers involved in the Super Bowl. 2. Terrel Owens picking up a new contract. 3. The 14 […]

Transforming Theology — This Week!

posted by Tony Jones

Later this week, I’ll be in Southern California at the Transforming Theology for the Church consultation.  A couple of the events are public, so I encourage you to come if you live in SoCal.  But if not, there are lots […]

Original Sin: Calvin’s Conundrum

posted by Tony Jones

The Original Sin SeriesIntro–Intuition–Definition–Genesis–Jesus–Paul–Augustine–Calvin-Conclusion When we last heard from our intrepid doctrine, Augustine had taken Paul’s interpretation of Genesis 2-3 in Romans 5 and taken that to mean that Adam’s sin conferred not only death on the entire human race, […]

Comment(s) of the Weekend

posted by Tony Jones

Paul asks, Hey does Tony ever post replies to the comments. I’m a long time lurker here at his blog and I notice he doesn’t really reply to criticism of his opinions here. What’s up with that? Cody replies, Paul- […]

Quote of the Week

posted by Tony Jones

Where shall the word be found, where will the word Resound? Not here, there is not enough silence. -T.S. EliotAsh Wednesday (1930)

My Video Response to Phillip Clayton

posted by Tony Jones

Here’s my response to Phillip’s call:

What Is Emergence Science?

posted by Tony Jones

Phillip Clayton explains:

What Is the Credit Crisis?

posted by Tony Jones

Here it is, in about 11 minutes: The Crisis of Credit Visualized from Jonathan Jarvis on Vimeo. (HT: Presentation Zen)

Phillip Clayton Wants Me…and You

posted by Tony Jones

Scientist/Theorist/Philosopher of Emergence Biology, Phillip Clayton, speaks directly to me and you.  Honestly, the importance of what he’s saying cannot be overstated.  Watch it…twice.  Then go to YouTube to see my response.

Is There an Evangelical Center?

posted by Tony Jones

In the Washington Times, Julia Duin ponders that question in her article, “Evangelicals ponder Dobson’s successor: New generation looks for leader.” It has been interesting watching the shift in power: Franklin Graham is no Billy Graham; the Coral Ridge Hour […]

When I Turned the Other Cheek

posted by Tony Jones

There’s been a tasty little discussion here at The New Christians about turning the other cheek, and I was reminded of a moment in 10th grade — the only time I know when I actually did it.  I was in […]

Comment of the Day 2

posted by Tony Jones

More on the Sermon on the Mount, now from Mark Van Steewyk: Hrmpfh. I could write volumes in response to the different assumptions and assertions already popping up here. But I’ll try to keep it brief. First of all, the […]

Comment of the Day

posted by Tony Jones

Angela, on the Sermon on the Mount and martial arts: People are always telling me that when Jesus said “turn the other cheek” he meant “within reason,” that when he said to carry the pack an extra mile, he meant […]

Proof of Systemic Sin

posted by Tony Jones

I’ve been walking with my friend, Adam Walker-Cleaveland, through his tumultuous process of ordination over the past few months.  And I’ve often urged him to abandon what I consider to be a broken and probably sinful system. Well, now he […]

The Sermon on the Mount Is an Ideology?

posted by Tony Jones

The right-wing Christian Post picked up on the Dallas youth pastor fight club silliness, and did a follow-up interview with the Keysi Fighting Method instructor, Jeff McKissack.  CP picks up on my blog post,* then gets this odd defense from […]

Comment of the Day

posted by Tony Jones

Drew Tatusko drops a very thoughtful comment Re: Mark Driscoll. Postmodern and post-structuralism aside (since this will sound to some like that but is not), gender is different than sex due to its psycho-social construction. Since it is this, anyone […]

Sebelius + HHS = Fewer Abortions

posted by Tony Jones

This morning, I have signed a last-minute petition supporting the appointment of Kansas Governor, Kathleen Sebelius, as the Secretary of Health and Human Services.  Some on the Right are raising a stink about Sebelius’s pro-choiciness, but if you take the […]

Beck Defends Driscoll, While Knitting

posted by Tony Jones

The always thought-provoking Richard Beck defends Mark Driscoll’s attempt to masculinize the church. Here’s my point. People tend to confuse gender role interest and agenic personality motives. If “Joe Six Pack” shows up at church and gets the vibe that […]

Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss

posted by Tony Jones

As a co-alumnus of Dartmouth College, I feel a special connection to the good Doctor.  In fact, he started signing his works “Seuss” while at Dartmouth. In honor of his birthday, here’s a link to a free PDF compiled by […]

Comment of the Weekend

posted by Tony Jones

stormtrooper #274.52 objects to Brian’s apologia for Pelagius: wow. I can’t express how strongly I disagree with Brian’s support for Pelagius’ teachings. I find such theology to be soul-crushing, gospel-destroying, and faith-squelching. In my eyes, it truly amount to no […]

Youth Pastor Fight Club!

posted by Tony Jones

In Dallas, youth pastors are being trained in street fighting techniques in order to, um, “take care of their flock.”  Jeff McKissack is spreading the Batman gospel to youth pastors in Dallas and across the country. He hopes to convert […]

Quote of the Week

posted by Tony Jones

The Road goes ever on and on Down from the door where it began, Now far ahead the Road has gone, And I must follow if I can, Pursuing it with eager feet, Until it joins some larger way Where […]

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