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Farewell, Christian Book Expo, We Barely Knew Thee

posted by Tony Jones

It seems that the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association will not reprise the ill-fated CBE. As Marcia Nelson reports in Publishers Weekly, the ECPA is “pulling the plug” on the CBE, and hoping to clean up the quarter-million dollar debt they […]

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Maybe Phyllis Tickle’s Next Book Should Be about Politics

posted by Tony Jones

In Phyllis Tickle’s latest book, The Great Emergence: How Christianity Is Changing and Why, she writes of the “centering” of Christianity. In her famous quadrilateral diagram, she demonstrates how liturgicals, social justicers, pente-charistmatics, and doctrinal evangelicals are all swirling toward […]

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The Rise of the “Nones”

posted by Tony Jones

Yesterday, Pew released a follow-up to their much ballyhooed religion survey that showed a 10 percent rise in a decade in the number of Americans that, when asked their religious affiliation, declared, “None.” The original press reports declared, and the […]

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NeoCalvinist? No, NeoPuritan!

posted by Tony Jones

In the past, I’ve used this space to challenge advocates of Reformed theology to stand up to other advocates of Reformed theology. More specifically, my worry is that all of the press is going toward a particular version of “Reformed” […]

Pomomusings Is Talking Plurality

posted by Tony Jones

Adam has convened a great conversation at Pomomusings called Plurality 2.0. My friend, Phillip Clayton posted last week.  Money quote: I’m guessing that most readers of this post in fact already live in Pluralism 2.0. If you’re one of those […]

Fired for Forgiveness

posted by Tony Jones

Well, not exactly. Tad DeLay, a fan of things emergent, was a music pastor at an evangelical church plant. But he was fired for the direction his theology was taking.  He performed this song, indicative of his theological musings, a […]

From Black Pentecostal to Word of Faith to Emergent Protestant to Orthodox to Catholic — The Journey of the Ragamuffin Diva

posted by Tony Jones

A couple weeks ago, I hypothesized that Rod’s disdain for SSM has something to do with his conversion to Orthodoxy — actually, to the kind of personality that would convert to Orthodoxy. In response to that post, I was contacted […]

Doug Kmiec Is Right: Clergy Should Not Perform (Legal) Marriages

posted by Tony Jones

Last week, Doug Kmiec went on Colbert and became the next in a long line of people: Those who’ve gone on Colbert and said what I want to say on Colbert. Kmiec said what more and more of us are […]

Announcing Wikiklesia, Volume 2

posted by Tony Jones

From John La Grou: Volume Two of the Wikiklesia Project has been announced. Taking Flight: Reclaiming the Female Half of God’s Image. A Journey of Freedom and Reconciliation The award winning Wikiklesia Project (www.wikiklesia.org) broke new ground as a crowd sourced, collaborative […]

Fuller Seminary Offers D.Min. Credit…

posted by Tony Jones

D.Min. Students Take Note: Both of the events listed below are being offered for credit at Fuller Theological Seminary. Fuller is offering 4 credits for each event, and Tony Jones will be the professor of record. The course will consist […]

Getting Beyond the “Ick Factor” in the Gay Marriage Debate

posted by Tony Jones

In one of my early posts on same sex marriage, I wrote that I used to be in the “natural law” camp of persons who said that, thought there’s not an overwhelming amount of verses in the Bible about homosexuality […]

Calling Kevin DeYoung to Account [UPDATED]

posted by Tony Jones

You may recall that Kevin DeYoung, co-author of the book, Why We’re Not Emergent (By Two Guys Who Should Be), was on a panel discussion with me a few weeks ago at the Christian Book Expo in Dallas. I have […]

My Conversation with Bart Ehrman, Continued

posted by Tony Jones

The doods at Homebrewed Christianity have taken my conversation with Bart Ehrman about his book, Jesus, Interrupted: Revealing the Hidden Contradictions in the Bible (And Why We Don’t Know about Them). You can, of course, get it on iTunes, or […]

The New Christian on Wordle

posted by Tony Jones

I ran my book, The New Christians: Dispatches from the Emergent Frontier though Wordle. It’s 87.790 words, and this is what I got:

A Ph.D. Fable

posted by Tony Jones

Whilst I was at Furman University this week (which, I must say, is one of the most beautiful campuses I’ve ever seen), I received an email from Princeton Seminary granting me an extension till March, 2010, to finish my dissertation. […]

My Interview with Bart Ehrman

posted by Tony Jones

Earlier this week, I interviewed Bart Ehrman, New Testament scholar at UNC. We talked about his latest book, Jesus, Interrupted: Revealing the Hidden Contradictions in the Bible (And Why We Don’t Know about Them). Among the other topics: philosophical hermeneutics, […]

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posted by Tony Jones

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A Straw Man on the Cross?

posted by Tony Jones

Some of my favorite commenters (like Annie) have accused me of “straw man” arguments this past week. I disagree. That would mean that I had overinflated the arguments of my theological opponents and then popped their balloons.  But, in fact, […]

Do I Deny Penal Substitution?

posted by Tony Jones

No. I simply deny it pride of place.  Here’s what I wrote in October, 2006 about my lunch with John Piper: One thing that won’t surprise anyone who knows about these things: John Piper basically equates a penal substitutionary understanding […]

The Irony of the Young, Restless Reformers

posted by Tony Jones

So, I wrote a couple of posts over the weekend — “Why Jesus Died” and “Why Jesus Rose” — that affirmed a traditional and orthodox understanding of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.  But because I don’t afford the […]

Got a Question for Bart Ehrman?

posted by Tony Jones

I’ll be interviewing Bart Ehrman tomorrow for Bnet regarding his latest book, Jesus, Interrupted: Revealing the Hidden Contradictions in the Bible (And Why We Don’t Know about Them). If you’ve got a question you think I should ask, leave a […]

The Official Band of the Emergent Church Is…Who?

posted by Tony Jones

Leave it to Rick to finish his countdown of emergent music by naming a band that no one has ever heard of as the official band of emergent Christianity. OK, I suppose that some people have heard of Arcade Fire. […]

Why Jesus Rose

posted by Tony Jones

I’m on no quest to reject the penal substitutionary theory of the atonement (PSA). (I merely intend to dethrone it.)   In fact, that’s the understanding of Jesus’ death that was taught to me in my youth group as a […]

Why Jesus Died

posted by Tony Jones

It’s Good Friday, the day that we Christians “celebrate” — actually, commemorate — Jesus’ crucifixion. For the last several years, in my little corner of Christianity, there’s been lots of talk about the atonement — that is, about what exactly […]

In Dallas for Good Friday?

posted by Tony Jones

Then consider DART Stations of the Cross. “Holy Railin’” in the Oak Cliff Advocate.

I (Heart) Baylor

posted by Tony Jones

For the third year in a row, I’ve spent the past few days in Waco, TX at Baylor University.  As a yankee, I hear all sorts of stereotypes about things and places Southern.  But, with the exception of some rather […]

Listen Live at 1pm CDT

posted by Tony Jones

I’ll be on Think with Krys Boyd on KERA in Dallas, and available online.  You can call in with questions, too. 1pm: How is religion changing in America and how does the new Christian practice differ from the traditional church? […]

A Reader Writes about Orthodoxy

posted by Tony Jones

Claudia, AKA Ragamuffin Diva, read my post in which I proposed that Rod’s opposition to SSM is related to his conversion to Orthodoxy — actually, that certain persons are attracted to EO…  Here’s what she wrote: Dear Tony, I was […]

My Talk at Baylor Chapel

posted by Tony Jones

If you’re a PC user and have Real Player, you should be able to see it here. In any case, I really like Baylor.  It’s continued to be a moderate place, and the people I know there are genuine and […]

Breaking News: Rod Will Debate Same Sex Marriage

posted by Tony Jones

It just turns out that he won’t debate it with me. Last fall, Rod and I agreed, at the behest of our then-editor, Patton Dodd, to hold a friendly “blogalogue” on same sex marriage.  It was in the aftermath of […]

Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!

posted by Tony Jones

It’s National Poetry Month, so here’s my favorite poem, first introduced to me by my Brit Lit teacher, Bud Jensen, during my senior year in high school.  Good words for all of us — emergent, evangelical, Reformed, Democrats, Americans — […]

Video of Christian Book Expo Panel

posted by Tony Jones

I’ve already blogged about this a couple times, but here’s the video artifact of the panel at the Christian Book Expo.  If you’ve got 90 minutes to spare, you can decide for yourself about whether Scot’s (and my) charges of […]

What Is Christianity21?

posted by Tony Jones

Christianity21 is an event that JoPa Productions is producing next October 9-11.  And it’s the first event of its kind — historic, you might say. You see, we have invited 21 of the most compelling voices we can find to […]

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

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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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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

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