The New Christians

The New Christians

Looking Back on Christianity21

posted by Tony Jones

C21 Sketch.jpgAs 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 in the hallways on the first day to say how well they thought it was going, I found myself giving the same response over and over: “The energy in that room is amazing.”

If you want to find out about the nuts and bolts of C21, see this link for mui links, names, books, etc.

And you can read about all of the presenters here.  I dare not single out any of the presentations, since so many of them were so, so good. I’d rather write about my overall impressions of the event.

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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, and beginning to decide what’s next for JoPa

At Jay Bakker’s request, I will be posting about the event, at length, in the next couple days.  Until then, enjoy the images of Courtney Perry:

Christianity21 Feed

posted by Tony Jones

I’m busy the next couple days, co-producing Christianity21 — a gathering that promises to be unique on the Christian event landscape.  Here’s the Twitter feed for the event, a great way to listen in on what we’re doing:

Ending Christian Euphemisms: Unteachable Spirit

posted by Tony Jones

We’re currently battling Christian euphemisms here on the blog.

Here’s a passage from my book, The New Christians, about my experience with one Christian euphemism while in college:

Back on campus, I chafed under some of the policies of Campus
Crusade. First, a glass ceiling inhibited women from ever achieving the coveted
position of campus director. When I asked about this, I got fuzzy arguments
from scripture–it turns out that Crusade doesn’t necessarily bar women from top
leadership positions, but the general discomfort with women’s leadership is a
part of a particular angle on biblical interpretation. This was lost on me at
the time, since I’d grown up at a church with ordained women ministers.

Second, we were being trained in so-called cold-call evangelism.
What that meant was, once per month, we left the MnM rally and spread across
campus to evangelize the unbelievers. A partner and I (because Jesus sent out
his followers two by two) went to the dorm we were assigned and began knocking
on doors. When a door was answered, we’d ask, “Are you willing to take a short
survey?” to which any undergrad who’d like to avoid homework answered, “Yes.”

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