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Social Media for Pastors

posted by Tony Jones

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 […]

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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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Ending Christian Euphemisms: “The Lord Laid It on My Heart”

posted by Tony Jones

I received loads of great comments about what Christian euphemisms we should drag, kicking and screaming, into the light of day in an attempt to euthanize them. I won’t be able to tackle them all, but I’ll highlight some of […]

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A Poem for the Weekend

posted by Tony Jones

“I Took It as a Sign” Someone sent a band to my house,And it started playingAt five in the morning. I took this as a signGod wanted me to sing! Then the moon joined inAnd a few of the tenor-voiced […]

Who Cut Off Van Gogh’s Ear?

posted by Tony Jones

Apparently, Paul Gauguin, in a dispute over a prostitute.

Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!

posted by Tony Jones

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

How Clean ARE You?

posted by Tony Jones

The Washlet.  Does it creep you out?  And seriously, how many euphemisms can you use to avoid saying, “This thing shoots hot water up your ass, then dries you.”?

What Is the Credit Crisis?

posted by Tony Jones

Here it is, in about 11 minutes: The Crisis of Credit Visualized from Jonathan Jarvis on Vimeo. (HT: Presentation Zen)

Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss

posted by Tony Jones

As a co-alumnus of Dartmouth College, I feel a special connection to the good Doctor.  In fact, he started signing his works “Seuss” while at Dartmouth. In honor of his birthday, here’s a link to a free PDF compiled by […]

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 […]

Gary Busey and Ed Young, Jr.

posted by Tony Jones

Separated at birth? You decide.

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 […]

What Would the Divinyls Do?

posted by Tony Jones

These Christians don’t….um…you know…

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 […]

Microdiscectomy

posted by Tony Jones

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

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 […]

God Swag

posted by Tony Jones

God Spam has some suggestions for inauguration apparel.

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 […]

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 —–> […]

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 […]

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…

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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

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 […]

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 […]

One Last Hunt

posted by Tony Jones

Yesterday and today, I’m at the Minnesota Horse and Hunt Club on an annual outing hosted by my uncle. My dad had knee surgery last week, so he’s absent, as is my brother, Andrew. But my brother, Ted, is here, […]

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Social Media for Pastors
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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 ...

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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 ...

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