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Why You Should Get GENERATE

posted by Tony Jones

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 […]

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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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Looking Back on Christianity21

posted by Tony Jones

As other bloggers have noted, putting the Christianity21 experience into words is nearly impossible. In short, it went even better than Doug and I imagined it. All of the pieces came together beautifully. In fact, when people repeatedly stopped me […]

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Christianity21 — It’s All Over but the Shouting

posted by Tony Jones

Due to snow in the Twin Cities, several C21 participants got held over for another night here, allowing us to revel in the glories of the gathering for another day.  But today holds a couple more airport runs, some packing, […]

What, Exactly, Is an Evangelical?

posted by Tony Jones

Scot asked a good question last week: How come people who are clearly not evangelical keep getting upset about what evangelicals do? He asks this in response to the semi-furor around Rob Bell’s (seemingly off-handed) remark to a newspaper reporter […]

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 […]

A (Better) Taxonomy for the Emerging Church: The Innovators

posted by Tony Jones

I introduced Flory and Miller’s book,  Finding Faith: The Spiritual Quest of the Post-Boomer Generation, earlier this week.  As sociologists, Flory and Miller have no axe to grind, thus I find their taxonomy of the emerging movement inherently more honest […]

A New (and Better) Taxonomy for the Emergent Church

posted by Tony Jones

I’ve been generally unhappy with the existing taxonomies of the emerging/-ent church movement that are out there.  The most well known, I suppose, is Ed Stetzer’s triptych: Relevants: “They are simply trying to explain the message of Christ in a […]

Emerging Scientology

posted by Tony Jones

It seems that the “Church” of Scientology has jumped on the marketing language of the emerging church movement if their Google Ad Words campaign (on my blog feed!) is any indication. We have definitely jumped the shark. HT: Simon Willer […]

Looking Back on Cornerstone: Phyllis Tickle’s Emergence

posted by Tony Jones

My primary role at Cornerstone was co-presenting a three-part seminar with Phyllis Tickle, long-time friend and author of many books. We did a dog-and-pony show on the emergent/-ing/-ence movement that we’ve done before. IMHO, we work pretty well together, due […]

Death of Emergent Round-Up

posted by Tony Jones

Nick Fiedler: We didn’t want Emergent to become the new club, but we wanted it to organize so that through gatherings, cohorts, and online social networks it could create it’s own grouping and lovingly force some voices out into the […]

So, You’re Disappointed with Emergent…

posted by Tony Jones

Nick Fiedler is the latest to jump on the meme that emergent is fizzling, and he’s disappointed. I am loathe to respond to posts like his. In fact, I rarely read them because I find them utterly depressing, and they […]

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 […]

Why Christianity21?

posted by Tony Jones

Next fall, Doug and I are hosting a learning party in the Twin Cities for people who love Christ, love Christianity, and are interested in the future. The two of us have been given the microphone a lot in the […]

Ordination: Housekeeping

posted by Tony Jones

I’ve faithfully read your comments, and John’s post, and here are my rejoinders-by-bullet-point: Ontological Shibboleth: I’ve been accused of creating a straw man in suggesting that denominational ordination tends to grant ontological superiority to those in the clergy caste. I […]

Reconsider Ordination. Now.

posted by Tony Jones

I’ve got a bunch of people upset at me for encouraging my friend, Adam Walker-Cleaveland, to forsake the ordination process of the Presbyterian Church (USA) denomination. I even went so far as to post an online petition to attempt to […]

Let’s Ordain Adam

posted by Tony Jones

My friend, Adam Walker-Cleaveland, has once again been thwarted in his attempt to be ordained as a “minister of word and sacrament” in the Presbyterian Church (USA). First it was because his presbytery in Idaho objected that he asked his […]

Christianity21 Blogger & Networker Deal

posted by Tony Jones

At JoPa Productions we know how important leader networks and informal blog communities are for those working on new and emerging ways of Christianity. And, we know how important face-to-face meetings are in the development of these communities. So, we […]

How Would You Introduce Phyllis Tickle?

posted by Tony Jones

That’s the question that I tweeted yesterday. And then last night, before her talk, I introduced her by reading the tweets that came in. A couple people have asked me to post them, so here they are: As much as […]

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 […]

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 […]

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:

Conspire! Magazine Is Available

posted by Tony Jones

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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. […]

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? […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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.

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 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 […]

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 […]

My Video Response to Phillip Clayton

posted by Tony Jones

Here’s my response to Phillip’s call:

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.

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 […]

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 […]

The Official Band of Emergent

posted by Tony Jones

Rick is honing in on his finalists.  Hilarious: David Wilcox– white guy folk singer. Cannot do it. Of course, he deals with spirituality in a way that is emerging and is one of the only white earnest folkies I can […]

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, […]

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. […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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.

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

The Spiritual Lives of Children (Carla)

posted by cbarnhill

I’m fairly certain that most of what we attempt in the way of spiritual formation for children gets in the way of what God is doing in the way of spiritual formation for children. Thank you all for your thoughtful […]

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

posted by asmith

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

Probably Parenting (Carla Barnhill)

posted by cbarnhill

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

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 […]

Brian McLaren Interviews Peter Rollins

posted by Tony Jones

HT: Mike Morrell

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 […]

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.  […]

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 […]

The Great Emergence Tweets

posted by Tony Jones

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

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 […]

Hitler Is Not Happy about the Changes at Emergent Village!

posted by Tony Jones

A Eucharistic Community

posted by Tony Jones

That’s the best phrase I can come up with to describe Trinity Church, the folks with whom I spent the last three days.  Trinity is a funny place — I should say, they are an unlikely church in a strange […]

Mutual Admiration Society

posted by Tony Jones

The other night in Greenwich, Pete Rollins and I were asked to introduce one another.  Pete said some gracious things about me, and I did my best to express my love for him:

Peter Rollins Is Ironic

posted by Tony Jones

I’m in Greenwich, Connecticut for the next few days, speaking at various events at Trinity Church.  Trinity is an exceptional church — emergent by any measure — in an area not exactly known for innovative churches.  I’ve known a couple […]

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