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Tony Jones is the author of The New Christians: Dispatches from the Emergent Frontier and several other books on Christianity and prayer.

Comment of the Day

posted by Tony Jones

Brian has a warning for Mark Driscoll and other expanding evangelical ministries: Thanks for this post. This is depressing news. I don’t mean any disrespect to these folks personally. I know they can be very kind, good people in person. […]

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Blacklisted by Moody!

posted by Tony Jones

So, I’m on a panel with one of the authors of an anti-emergent book at the Christian Book Expo next month, and I emailed his publisher, Moody Publishing, to get a review copy of the book (no, I haven’t read […]

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The Death of Preaching?

posted by Tony Jones

Mark Driscoll watchdog, Bob Hyatt, has some concerns about a possible Mars Hill franchise coming to Portland. Please understand- If you want to listen to Mark’s podcast/watch his vodcast, I think you should go for it- I subscribe to his […]

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Comments

posted by Tony Jones

FYI, Captcha was disabled for about a week — we were listening to those of you who were frustrated with the Bnet comment interface.  As you might guess, we were inundated by spam comments during this time.  So, now we’re […]

More on (Virtual) Community

posted by Tony Jones

If you haven’t been following along there’s a great comment string under Monday’s post, Is Virtual Community True Community?, then you’re missing out. Particularly interesting, IMHO, are the comments from stay-at-home-moms Julie and Kristi about the great value of virtual […]

Was Paul Wrong?

posted by Tony Jones

Under Original Sin: Paul, Romans 5, and the Heart of the Issue, Emergent Pillage brings up a point that has vexed me for some time.  He (I assume EP is a “he”) baldly asserts that if you think that Paul […]

Comment of the Day

posted by Tony Jones

Under Original Sin: Paul, Romans 5, and the Heart of the Issue, Brian provides with a helpful primer to the various views of interpreting Romans: Romans is important to the conversation about the doctrine of “Original Sin” for several reasons. […]

Comment of the Day

posted by Tony Jones

Thanks, Brian, for this response to Mrs. Darwin Would Be Proud: Octavia Butler has written a couple of wonderful books called The Parable of the Sower and The Parable of the Talents. In these books she includes poetry about an […]

Gary Busey and Ed Young, Jr.

posted by Tony Jones

Separated at birth? You decide.

Is Virtual Community True Community?

posted by Tony Jones

Last week at the National Pastors Convention, Shane Hipps sat down with the guys from Out of Ur and talked about community, based on his new book, Flickering Pixels.  (Full disclosure: Shane is one of my very best friends — […]

Original Sin: Paul, Romans 5, and the Heart of the Issue

posted by Tony Jones

The Original Sin SeriesIntro-Intuition-Definition-Genesis-Jesus-Paul-Augustine-Calvin-Conclusion Well, now we get to the heart of the matter, and the passage that so many of my blogopponents have been waiting for: Romans 5.  It’s in this chapter that Paul writes most specifically about the […]

Quote of the Week

posted by Tony Jones

“Friendship is the only cure for hatred, the only guarantee of peace.” ~Buddha(HT: Tiny Buddha)

Mrs. Darwin Would Be Proud

posted by Tony Jones

Charles Darwin‘s wife, Emma, famously disliked her husband’s theories, and he actually wrote On the Origin of Species in a way that he hoped wouldn’t be offensive to her.  Well, it seems that a sesquicentury later, the two are still […]

The Limits of Blogging

posted by Tony Jones

Andrew Sullivan posted a graf from Alan Jacobs in which Jacobs argues that the “architecture” of blogs makes it impossible to honestly converse about important and weighty matters, like the existence of God.  This question is particularly compelling for this […]

Many, Many -mergents

posted by Tony Jones

Rick takes a break from telling us how the music that we love (read, Coldplay) actually sucks to round up many of the new hyphen-mergent groups: Relevemergent the fine line between Relevant magazine, cool churches with smoke machines, killer bands […]

Pope Barack?

posted by Tony Jones

That’s the dream of none other than esteemed Catholic theologian, Hans Kung.  At Religion Dispatches, Rosemary Ganley reports, To get right to the point, Kung in his article on February 3, wished Barack Obama were Pope. “The mood in the […]

Churches Behaving Badly

posted by Tony Jones

Help add to Brandon’s list of crazy stuff you’ve heard around church.  My faves: 1. Your message was good. You didn’t blaspheme the Holy Spirit or anything. 2. What is the deal with your weight? 9. Don’t you think your […]

Richard Mouw and Proposition 8

posted by Tony Jones

In this week’s edition of Newsweek, Richard Mouw, the president of Fuller Theological Seminary, penned an essay, “Less Shouting, More Talking,” in which he addresses the issues around Prop 8.  It’s clear that he wrote it, in part, as a […]

Comment of the Day

posted by Tony Jones

Thanks, Brian: The Quaker theologian Parker Palmer says it well: “Truth is an ongoing conversation about things that matter.”

What Would the Divinyls Do?

posted by Tony Jones

These Christians don’t….um…you know…

A Secular Age: Introduction

posted by Tony Jones

Charles Taylor’s A Secular Age, is magisterial in its scope, and timely in its topic.  It’s a massive book at over 800 pages, but I’m tackling it because several persons have said it will be invaluable to my dissertation.  The […]

Comment of the Day, Take Two

posted by Tony Jones

Brian gives some excellent context to the world the Jesus was born into, and unpacks the Hebrew background to the concept of sin: There is no such thing as original sin in the book of Genesis. Judaism has no such […]

Successful Surgery

posted by Tony Jones

Many thanks to all of my well-wishers.  My semi-laminectomy/microdiscectomy was a success.  The surgeon said that he removed 3 cm of herniated disc, one of the largest discectomies that he’s ever performed.  I am narced up, but I can tell […]

Comment of the Day

posted by Tony Jones

KE Alexander on Original Sin: The problem with a Reformation view of original sin is that it tends to free one from responsibility for one’s actions. That is not to say that our human faculties and/or affections have not been […]

Mike Stavlund reviews The Family

posted by Tony Jones

Over at Awakenings, Mike joins the chorus of which I am a part: Those who think that Jeff Sharlet’s The Family is a must-read: Sharlet’s writing is so good that a quick read is almost impossible. Skim this book, and […]

A “Believing” Philosopher

posted by Tony Jones

Occasional blogger and always philosopher, Kevin Corcoran, has written a bit about his experience on the emerging church panel at the recent Calvin Worship Symposium.  It seems that the panelists were asked about what beliefs are necessary to be a […]

Can Theology Transform the Church?

posted by Tony Jones

Yes. Theologian-Scientist-Believer Philip Clayton answers that question, and has some hard words for pastors.  He and I tend to agree that theology is latent in all human endeavors (see chapter 4, “The Theology, Stupid!”).

Comment of the Day

posted by Tony Jones

Dan H. brings up a point that raises a big question (which I’ve emboldened) in response to Original Sin: Jesus’ Ambivalence: Hmm. I would agree that Jesus never articulates an Augustinian understanding of ‘original sin’. But I would also agree […]

Tony & Tripp Want You!

posted by Tony Jones

Tripp Fuller and I are recruiting YOU to ask your biggest question about God via YouTube to some of the top theologians in the world. See the list of theologians who will attempt to answer your questions. BAM!

A Musical Marriage of My Dreams

posted by Tony Jones

In high school, I was the president of the Led Zeppelin Fan Club.  It was a small club, but we were zealots.  My best friend, Todd, and I must have watched The Song Remains the Same over 100 times — […]

Original Sin: Jesus’ Ambivalence

posted by Tony Jones

The Original Sin SeriesIntro-Intuition-Definition-Genesis-Jesus-Paul-Augustine-Calvin-Conclusion First, let it be said that Jesus is not recorded in the gospels as saying anything that can be construed as particularly supportive of the doctrine of Original Sin.  Jesus did talk about sin, to be […]

Quote of the Week

posted by Tony Jones

“We live in a condition where we cannot help but be aware that there are a number of different construals, views which intelligent, reasonably undeluded people, of good will, can and do disagree on. We cannot help looking over our […]

Microdiscectomy

posted by Tony Jones

That’s what awaits me next Wednesday, on the L4-L5 disc.

Things Evangelicals Like

posted by Tony Jones

Jenell Paris has continues her provocative series. 6. Evangelicalism Likes Prioritizing the Superiority of Its Point of ViewI wrote about a man who moves from Christian faith to atheism, and evangelicalism worried that I was showing more credence for his […]

Faith & Leadership

posted by Tony Jones

Jason Byassee, late of the Christian Century, is now at the helm of a new online offering from Duke Divinity School: Faith & Leadership: Where Christian Leaders Reflect, Connect, and Learn.  It’s a good looking site, and it should have […]

The Tragedy of Tom Daschle

posted by Tony Jones

I was really, truly excited about Tom Daschle as HHS Secretary.  I think he is a fundamentally good person.  Larry Lessig agrees, but says that doesn’t excuse him: Daschle, of course, is the most innocent in this guilty system. His […]

Comment of the Day

posted by Tony Jones

Andrew weighs in on “Progressive” or “Liberal”: Maybe I’m just anal retentive but I think that the term “progressive” is a lot like the term “evangelical.” It’s just an easy way for folks to compartmentalize others (and maybe even themselves) […]

What, Exactly, Is a Progressive?

posted by Tony Jones

Philip Clayton (who is, by the way, da bomb!) tells us:

“Progressive” or “Liberal”

posted by Tony Jones

Over at GetReligion, Mollie dissects a WaPo story on the new Religious Left…um…er…the religious “progressives.” Progressive? Is this the best descriptor for religious groups who advocate for liberal political aims? I have used the term regularly in the past and […]

My Apologies

posted by Tony Jones

I had the best of intentions to post a “Mondays with Mark” and a reflection on Original Sin and Romans 5.  But, instead, I spent most of the day in doctors’ offices, at the pharmacy, getting another MRI, and being […]

Talking Original Sin with Todd Friel

posted by Tony Jones

I’ll be on Todd Friel’s “Wretched Radio” program today at 3pm EST to talk about my recent posts on Original Sin.  His show is on Sirius Radio and online. Call in! UPDATE: Not going on the show today.  Todd and […]

Comment of the Weekend

posted by Tony Jones

Scott M drops some historical and biblical context on Original Sin: For that matter, Ethan, I could have pointed to the very first controversy that resulted in the council of Jerusalem in Acts 15. I didn’t do so because the […]

Pay No Attention to the Publisher behind the Curtain

posted by Tony Jones

Andrew Sullivan weighs in on that question. Traditional newspapers are dying, to be sure (although I think that some of them will have a future as non-profits).  Andrew thinks that traditional publishing (ink-on-dead-trees) is in a similar state.  Money quote: […]

Ted Haggard: Neither Gay nor Straight

posted by Tony Jones

Is Ted Haggard gay or straight?  Neither.  Few of us are.  Most of us, instead, are on a spectrum between the two, as Becky knight explains.  Money Quote: What was missing from the conversation was the awareness that sexual orientation […]

Quote of the Week

posted by Tony Jones

“Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson

More Fun with Maps

posted by Tony Jones

Pro-Slavery vs Anti-Slavery States2000 Electoral College

Original Sin: Halftime

posted by Tony Jones

The Original Sin SeriesIntro-Intuition-Definition-Genesis-Jesus-Paul-Augustine-Calvin-Conclusion I’ll take a break on substantive posts on this topic over the weekend, and launch back in by tackling Romans on Monday.  (It is interesting how many commenters on the last post were unwilling to deal […]

St. Gayle Haggard

posted by Tony Jones

Last night, I watched the HBO documentary, The Trials of Ted Haggard, and then caught the second half of Ted and Gayle Haggard’s appearance on Larry King Live. I went in quite skeptically.  I know a couple persons who knew/know […]

Comment of the Day

posted by Tony Jones

Why does a close examination of the doctrine of Original Sin matter? Because it is the “foundation” upon which much other Western doctrine is based. Scott M, take it away: Hmmm. Part of the problem may be that we have […]

Religion and Politics by State

posted by Tony Jones

Gallup has a new map up, rating each state by religiosity.  Respondents answered whether religion is an important part of their lives, and the map reinforces some of the usual stereotypes about the religiosity of the Deep South and the […]

I’ll Be Watching Haggard Tonight

posted by Tony Jones

My friend, Patton Dodd, has a piece up on Slate in advance of Alexandra Pelosi’s HBO documentary, The Trials of Ted Haggard, premiering tonight.  Patton used to work for Haggard and New Life Church, primarily as a writer and editor, […]

Original Sin: The Genesis of a Doctrine

posted by Tony Jones

The Original Sin SeriesIntro-Intuition-Definition-Genesis-Jesus-Paul-Augustine-Calvin-Conclusion Let me start with some throat-clearing.  At least one friend and not a few commenters were bothered by the fact that I wrote about my own intuition before I started reflection on the biblical passages at […]

Comment of the Day

posted by Tony Jones

Noah, a self-described conservative, makes a calm and helpful comment under Same Sex Marriage Blogalogue: Press Pause, To be really honest, the comment section makes me sad. It is sad to me that people become so ugly when discussions arise […]

Original Sin: A Definition

posted by Tony Jones

The Original Sin SeriesIntro-Intuition-Definition-Genesis-Jesus-Paul-Augustine-Calvin-Conclusion Some commenters are concerned that I’m setting up a straw man — that is, I’m leaving the doctrine of Original Sin undefined so that I can then dispute an unformed doctrine.  So I will defer to […]

Comment of the Day

posted by Tony Jones

Scott M points out some of the most significant intellectual problems with the doctrine of Original Sin: There are many ways in which this peculiarly Western variation of Christian belief distorts the faith. I mentioned one, the fate of infants […]

Same Sex Marriage Blogalogue: Press Pause

posted by Tony Jones

Several of you have been dropping comments under other posts, asking why this much-pimped series petered out so quickly.  Well, here’s the deal: Rod chose to stop the blogalogue very shortly after it started. Both of us were inundated by […]

Come Let Us Argue Together

posted by Tony Jones

“Come Let Us Reason Together” is the governing document of a group attempting to bridge the chasm between evangelicals and political progressives.  I signed on, not because the document is a comprehensive statement of all ways that these two groups […]

Original Sin: My Intuition

posted by Tony Jones

The Original Sin SeriesIntro-Intuition-Definition-Genesis-Jesus-Paul-Augustine-Calvin-Conclusion Well, much to the chagrin of my biblicist commenters, I’m not going to start this series of reflections on Original Sin with the Bible, but with my own intuition.  (Don’t read too much into this.  I […]

Comment of the Day

posted by Tony Jones

So many great comments under Original Sin: A Depraved Idea, so I’ll just highlight Virgil’s.  Do yourself a favor and go read the others. There is very little that is “traditional” about the doctrine of original sin, until we get […]

Google Reader Fix

posted by Tony Jones

All of the Beliefnet blogs have been dropped from Google Reader because of some silliness with Feedburner.  If you, like me, are a Google Reader user, please resubscribe by clicking on this: http://blog.beliefnet.com/tonyjones/rss.xml

Pandering Pope?

posted by Tony Jones

In a move that I bet the Vatican wanted to happen with no media attention, Benedict  XVI un-excommunicated four ultra-conservative bishops over the weekend.  But it turns out that one of the bishops had recently gone on a radio program […]

Original Sin: A Depraved Idea

posted by Tony Jones

The Original Sin SeriesIntro-Intuition-Definition-Genesis-Jesus-Paul-Augustine-Calvin-Conclusion When I was growing up in a moderate, centrist church — somewhere between mainline Christianity and evangelicalism — Original Sin was a given.  I first learned about it in youth group, and we regularly talked about […]

Mondays with Mark

posted by Tony Jones

Here’s the next installment of an on-going conversation with Mark Patrick, my spiritual director. Tony: Mark, I wonder if you’re willing to tell us a bit about the last ten years of your life.  It seems like it’s been quite […]

Quote of the Week

posted by Tony Jones

“The power of accurate observation is commonly called cynicism by those who have not got it.” -George Bernard Shaw

Got Books?

posted by Tony Jones

Do you like to read theology? And you’ve got a blog?  Then check this out from Tripp Fuller: I am helping to organize a series of conferences as part of a grant at school called Transforming Theology.  We will have […]

Comment of the Day

posted by Tony Jones

Mike Morrell got off his ROM long enough to serve up this beauty under Announcing Queermergent: Well, I’m coming in on this discussion late – which is probably merciful. I think that, before posting on such things, we need to […]

Lousiville, KY

posted by Tony Jones

I’m in Louisville today, meeting with others who’ve won grants this year from the Louisville Institute (mine is to allow me to finish my dissertation, ahem).  Relfections to be written on the flight home tonight.

Is Motherhood a “Calling”?

posted by Tony Jones

My dear friend, Carla, and her co-blogger Caryn over at TheMommyRevolution answer with a robust No!  Money Quote: It boarders on idolatry. Dave made a statement that troubles me to no end. It is just the kind of statement that sends […]

Interfaith Heroes Month

posted by Tony Jones

Geez, I had no idea.  It’s actually Interfaith Heroes Month, at least according to David Crumm, late of the Detroit Free Press and now the editor of ReadTheSpirit.com.  Today he asks one of my favorite persons in the world, Sheryl […]

Obama Inauguration Recap

posted by Tony Jones

Billions of words have already been written and spoken yesterday and today regarding the inauguration, everything from the Justice Roberts oath flub to Michelle Obama’s ball gown.  I’ve got opinions, of course, but nothing particularly new to say.  So, instead, […]

Comment(s) of the Day

posted by Tony Jones

As usual, lots and lots of mean-spirited commentary around GLBT issues here yesterday, but a couple of poignant comments stuck out under yesterday’s Comment of the Day and Sunday’s Announcing Queermergent. First, Kristi: done talking? done listening? i don’t understand […]

Comment of the Day 2

posted by Tony Jones

Peter Rollins and Stephen Shields have begun a bit of a back-and-forth under the post, Ten Years of Emergent/ing.  Here’s Pete’s response to Stephen, and here’s hoping they’ll continue the conversation (here or elsewhere): Hey there Would love to chat, […]

Join Us on the (Internet) Radio

posted by Tony Jones

I’m a regular commentator on Doug Pagitt’s daily radio show, The Question. (Yes, I believe that is a velour shirt.) His show runs from 10-11am Central Time on Blogtalkradio, and I join him most Tuesdays from 10:30-11:00 to talk about […]

Comment of the Day

posted by Tony Jones

Preson takes issue with my post, Announcing Queermergent, as did many others.  What’s interesting is that I merely pointed out this new group, with no editorial comment.  Yet my even publicizing it raises the ire of many. I guess that […]

“We Are Caught in an Inescapable Network of Mutuality”

posted by Tony Jones

Over the past several years, on my various blogs, I’ve pointed to or republished the Letter from a Birmingham Jail, written to the white clergymen of that city, to honor the memory of Martin Luther King, Jr.  Here it is […]

Comment of the Weekend

posted by Tony Jones

Well, there’s a lot to choose from this weekend.  Several of the Methodist ministers who were at the contentious conference last week weighed in on What Happened in Missouri. Of course, it’s disheartening to read on Susan Cox-Johnson’s blog that […]

Announcing Queermergent

posted by Tony Jones

Adele Sakler, whom I’ve known for a few years, has started yet another “hyphenated” group within the emergent network-of-networks.  She’s calling it “Queermergent,” and, as you might guess, it’s focused on GLBTQ issues.

Let’s Be the Change

posted by Tony Jones

One of the theme’s of BO’s campaign for president that was most enthralling for me was the potential he holds to really bind our country together for the good of the whole.  Whether it be the massive investment into roads, […]

Ten Years of Emergent/ing

posted by Tony Jones

Next Wave E-Zine has a ten year retrospective of the emergent church movement by Stephen Shields that is, as we would expect from Stephen, comprehensive and even-handed. Money Quote: And so the tenth anniversary of Next-Wave arrives at a critical […]

Quote of the Week

posted by Tony Jones

Eskimo: “If I did not know about God and sin, would I go to hell?” Priest: “No, not if you did not know.” Eskimo: “Then why did you tell me?” -Annie Dillard

Can We End the “Culture Wars”?

posted by Tony Jones

If so, Third Way, a think tank in Washington, D.C. might be a good place to start.  I have signed their “Come Let Us Reason Together Governing Statement.”  If you are interested in civility in our cultural conversations about abortion, […]

The Minnesota Boy from Milk

posted by Tony Jones

In the movie, Milk, there is a poignant scene in which Harvey Milk answers the phone and on the other end of the line is a wheelchair-bound boy who says that his family is abusing him because of his same […]

What Happened in Missouri

posted by Tony Jones

Back when Patton Dodd asked initially asked me to consider blogging for Bnet, he wanted to play on the “Dispatches” subtitle of my book.  That is, he wanted to take advantage of my frequent travels to write about how the […]

Comment of the Day

posted by Tony Jones

Bob is not going to be happy, but I’m posting robroy’s response to my Rick Warren vs. Gene Robinson, and I’m doing so because I think, regardless of robroy’s rudeness, it shows a particular perspective on why Gene Robinson (and […]

God Swag

posted by Tony Jones

God Spam has some suggestions for inauguration apparel.

Jinxed

posted by Tony Jones

I’m sitting in an airport, reading in the USA Today that it’s now been two years since a commercial airline crash, the longest crash-free period in aviation history, and I’m watching on TV as rescuers fish passengers of a downed […]

Rick Warren vs. Gene Robinson

posted by Tony Jones

A while back, I mused at the exceptionally long news cycle of the story that BO had asked Rick Warren to deliver the invocation at his inauguration.  That story had a lot of legs, in the blogosphere and in the […]

Comment of the Day

posted by Tony Jones

Dan dissents regarding the post, Is Mysticism Gnostic?: Tony writes: “In my Monday post, I mused that the “secret knowledge” vibe expounded by some conservative Christians opens them to the charge of gnosticism. Some commenters mentioned that the other primary […]

What’s It Like to Worship at Solomon’s Porch?

posted by Tony Jones

Matt Cleaver, a seminary student who visited last Sunday, has a good take.  Money quote: I thought this would be a cool opportunity to see in real life all that I had been reading and hearing about, and it was […]

Is Mysticism Gnostic?

posted by Tony Jones

In my Monday post, I mused that the “secret knowledge” vibe expounded by some conservative Christians opens them to the charge of gnosticism.  Some commenters mentioned that the other primary characteristic of gnosticism is a strict, platonic dualism.  This, too, […]

Comment of the Day

posted by Tony Jones

Darren King weighs in on the post, Are Conservatives the Real Gnostics?: Tony, I agree. And I’ve often thought about this in terms of how we handle parts of scripture – such as the epistles of Paul. Rather than seeing […]

Jack’s Last Hunt

posted by Tony Jones

One of my favorite dogs in the world, MOL‘s Jack, just completed his final duck hunt.  I’m missing Beaumont these days, so I’ll share a Jack video to assuage the grief: In Search of Jack’s Last Duck Part 3 from […]

Mission: Missouri Ministers’ School

posted by Tony Jones

I’ve arrived on the shores of the beautiful Lake of the Ozarks in Osage Beach, Missouri, where I’ll be addressing a couple hundred Methodist ministers over the next three days.  Updates forthcoming…

Mondays with Mark

posted by Tony Jones

Mark Patrick is my spiritual director, though we don’t act like a traditional director-directee pair.  I’ve had other spiritual directors, and Mark is different. For one thing, we usually meet at a cigar shop. He’s been a pastor, therapist, and […]

Comment of the Day

posted by Tony Jones

Eric Glover continues the discussion of the Trinity: First I just want to say that I’m not arguing for or against the traditional understanding of the trinity in this post, I just merely want to engage the applicability of the […]

Are Conservatives the Real Gnostics?

posted by Tony Jones

More than once, my Google Reader has shot me a link to a conservative blogger who’s accused me of gnosticism.  Here’s one from a few years ago that makes that claim, and there have been several more since. Gnosticism is […]

Comment of the Weekend

posted by Tony Jones

Wow.  There was a slew of great comments from which to choose this weekend.  The best comment string, methinks, is under The Orthodoxy of Down Syndrome.  But the top comment goes to Steve D., who commented under Is the Trinity […]

Quote of the Week

posted by Tony Jones

“Everything should be made as simple as possible, but no simpler.” -Albert Einstein

War & Torture: Foggy & Hellish

posted by Tony Jones

Last night I watched The Fog of War, in which Robert McNamera reconsiders his participation in LBJ’s escalation of the Vietnam War by the addition of ground troops to the campaign of air bombing approved by JFK.  Of course, there’s […]

The Orthodoxy of Down Syndrome

posted by Tony Jones

Garret asks a good question in regards to Who Decides Orthodoxy? Tony, Thanks for asking good questions and getting us to think. I deeply appreciate it. Maybe another part could be added on to your statement discussion and consensus on […]

Comment(s) of the Day

posted by Tony Jones

Several readers, when considering the Trinity, Mormonism, and orthodoxy, are wondering about the authority of Nicaea. Master Doyle: The two arguments I’ve heard most often to explain why Mormons aren’t Christian are 1) they believe in extra-Biblical scriptures, namely the […]

Beck Responds to DeRose

posted by Tony Jones

Over at Experimental Theology, Richard Beck has responded to Keith DeRose’s post, “Really Believing in Hell.” Money Quote: Going back to Keith’s post, my hunch is that hell is most terrifying for children in the Concrete Operations stage. In this […]

Who Decides Orthodoxy?

posted by Tony Jones

Yesterday I posted about the optionality of the Trinity.  A good debate ensued, which is exactly what I hoped.  And that brings me to my thought for the day: I think those of us committed to the social web will […]

Comment of the Day

posted by Tony Jones

Seth R., a practicing Mormon, weighs in on the Trinity and, in particular, my chosen trinitarian formulation: Tony, it’s interesting in the same article where you conclude that Mormons are not Christians, you admit that you yourself are a “Social […]

On Blurbing

posted by Tony Jones

Scot had a nice post on blurbing last week.  My own endorsement requests have dropped significantly of late.  I guess “blogger” doesn’t have as much cache as “national coordinator of Emergent Village” on the back cover. In general, I agree […]

Pomomusings Reviews Jack Rogers

posted by Tony Jones

After his much debated post, The Bible & Homosexuality: Enough with the Bible Already, Adam Walker-Cleaveland is now tackling Jack Roger’s book, Jesus, The Bible, and Homosexuality: Explode the Myths, Heal the Church chapter-by-chapter. (Rogers is a polarizing figure in […]

Is the Trinity Optional?

posted by Tony Jones

Over the holidays, my mother was attempting to explain Mormonism to a 14-year-old boy who lives with her and my dad.  He’s got a Mormon friend and he was wondering about that faith, especially because he’s in confirmation class this […]

Comment of the Day

posted by Tony Jones

A fine dissent from Mike to my still-debated post, How I Went from There to Here: Same Sex Marriage Blogalogue: I think the conclusion from this is that you have “caved to the mushy inclusivity of pluralized nothingness” from the […]

Our Biggest Weakness: Same Sex Marriage Blogalogue

posted by Tony Jones

Rod, Happy New Year!  I’m glad that we’ve decided to get back into our blogalogue this month.  I know that lots and lots of readers want us to tackle the biblical evidence one way or another regarding same sex marriage.  […]

The All New TonyJ.net

posted by Tony Jones

Thanks to the brilliance of Jon White, TonyJ.net has undergone an overhaul.  Once I decided to blog here at Bnet, it became clear that my own domain would serve a significantly different purpose, so Jon and I have worked together […]

Muchas Gracias, Keith, Carla, and Anthony

posted by Tony Jones

My deep, deep thanks to my guest bloggers last week: Keith DeRose, Carla Barnhill, and Anthony Smith.  They may continue to post this week to run out the string on their thoughts.  And I hope to have them back in […]

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 […]

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 […]

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.]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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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

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The Most Important Cartoon of the Year
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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

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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

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