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Ending Christian Euphemisms: “Fundamentalist”

posted by Tony Jones

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 […]

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Ending Christian Euphemisms: “Unbiblical”

posted by Tony Jones

In our attempt to exterminate Christian euphemisms from our vocabulary, Nathan nominated thusly: “Unbiblical” when what the situation really is is “I really, really DON’T like that” OR “I disagree” OR “Your words challenge my deepest held idolatries posing as […]

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Are Evangelicals (Slightly) Masochistic?

posted by Tony Jones

I was having a conversation with a friend about the evangelical interest in Jim Belcher’s book, Deep Church.  Jim’s written a good book, and I was happy to endorse it — albeit with the caveat that he and I disagree […]

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Video Response: Natural Law, Gays, and the Church

posted by Tony Jones

Video Response: Those Pesky Six Verses about Homosexuality

posted by Tony Jones

Me on Patheos on Gays

posted by Tony Jones

An interview with me on the issue of gays and the church just went live on the new interfaith website, Patheos. Q: In a now famous post, you came to the conclusion that GLBTQ folks can “live lives in accord […]

Get a Deal on One of My Books

posted by Tony Jones

Today and tomorrow only (July 14th and 15th): TODAY ONLY Receive a copy of Ask, Seek, Knock: Prayers to Change Your Life for only $5 (plus free shipping)! Visit www.navpress.com and use the promo code H20E2M3X6 at checkout. Ask, Seek, […]

One Last Post on the Lectionary

posted by Tony Jones

More good comments under the second lectionary post (and here’s the first). So here are my concluding thoughts (for now). When I began working as a pastor at Colonial Church in 1997, David Fisher had just introduced the Revised Common […]

Praying the Bible – Praying with Paul

posted by Tony Jones

Paul’s pivotal life experience is referred to as the Calling of Paul or the Damascus Road Experience–the day Jesus confronted Paul. Luke recorded the original incident in Acts 9: “Saul, Saul, why are you out to get me?” [Paul] said, […]

Praying the Bible – Praying with the Disciples

posted by Tony Jones

The next prayer we’ll investigate is straightforward enough, but the action the apostles took seems curious to us. Shortly after Jesus “was taken up and disappeared in a cloud” (Acts 1:9, technically called the Ascension), and some time before Pentecost, […]

Praying the Bible – Praying with Jesus

posted by Tony Jones

I can hardly imagine a person praying during his torture and execution. I find it even more difficult to imagine that person praying for his executors. But Jesus was no ordinary person. He loved people to the end, and he […]

Unexpurgating the Lectionary (Bringing Judas Back)

posted by Tony Jones

In The New Christians, I wrote a section chastising liberals for censoring the Bible in the Revised Common Lectionary. Although liberals often criticize conservatives for cherrypicking Bible verses, liberals do just the same thing when they leave verses out of […]

Praying the Bible – Praying with Solomon

posted by Tony Jones

Near the beginning of Solomon’s reign, he does what we hope any ruler would do. In 1 Kings 3, he asks God for wisdom. After Solomon marries his queen, he travels to Gibeon to worship at the shrine (before the […]

Praying the Bible – Praying with Deborah

posted by Tony Jones

Some years after Moses led the people of Israel out of Egypt and after Joshua took them into the land that God had promised Abram, Israel was led by a series of judges. Moses picked the first judges, people who […]

Praying the Bible – A Working Definition

posted by Tony Jones

Last week, I ran some excerpts of a book I’ve written on the ancient practice of lectio divina. This week, I’ll be posting excerpts from another book called Ask Seek Knock, in which I wrote about how we can use […]

Praying the Bible – The Contemplation of Lectio Divina

posted by Tony Jones

Praying the Bible Intro – lectio divina – reading – meditating – praying – contemplating Writing about contemplation is strange. It’s weird because the fourth step of lectio divina is so unlike our everyday activities. The first three steps of […]

Praying the Bible – The Wrestling of Lectio Divina

posted by Tony Jones

Praying the Bible Intro – lectio divina – reading – meditating – praying – contemplating In the movie The Apostle, Robert Duvall plays Sonny, a preacher-evangelist who has made a few mistakes in his life, one of them a big […]

Praying the Bible – The Meditation of Lectio Divina

posted by Tony Jones

Praying the BibleIntro – lectio divina – reading – meditating – praying – contemplating Depending on what version of the Bible you use, the word meditate appears about fifteen times in the Old Testament. (It’s not used at all in […]

Praying the Bible – The Reading of Lectio Divina

posted by Tony Jones

Praying the Bible Intro – lectio divina – reading – meditating – praying – contemplating One of the best meals I’ve ever had was in an upscale restaurant, Daniel’s Bistro, in New York City. My entrée was called the DB […]

Praying the Bible – The Ladder of Lectio Divina

posted by Tony Jones

Praying the Bible Intro – lectio divina – reading – meditating – praying – contemplating Though dates differ, Guigo II lived from about 1115 to 1198. His official title was the Ninth Prior of the Grand Chartreuse of Carthusians. That’s […]

Stanley Fish Is Right about Faith, Again

posted by Tony Jones

Recently, Stanley Fish wrote about the problems with the way the liberal intelligentsia thinks about religion vs. science — or reason vs. faith. He was, of course, slaughtered in the comment section of his NYTimes blog by, um, the liberal […]

Why It Matters that Jesus REALLY Rose

posted by Tony Jones

Last week, I spent time with some new friends in Canada. Most of them were church leaders in the United Church of Canada, the result of a denominational merger in 1925. The United Church is unabashedly liberal in its social […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 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 […]

What to Give Up for Lent

posted by Tony Jones

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Comment of the Weekend

posted by Tony Jones

I’m glad to see that my weekend quote of Dante stirred up some commentary.  Here’s one, from Ben, followed by a response from me. (My apologies for Ben’s masculine language.) I’m not sure how to understand Dante’s use of “free […]

A New Translation of Romans 5

posted by Tony Jones

For the sake of our discussion of Original Sin, commenter Brian has translated Romans 5 [UPDATE: it seems to be Romans 14-15] on our behalf.  Thanks, Brian!  (N.B., mean-spirited comments about his translation will be immediately deleted.  Thoughtful, albeit critical, […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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