The New Christians

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: <a href=”http://twubs.com/c21″>#c21</a>

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…

According to Wikipedia, A euphemism is a substitution of an agreeable or less offensive expression in place of one that may offend or suggest something unpleasant to the listener, or in the case of Doublespeak, to make it less troublesome for the speaker. The deployment of euphemisms is a central aspect within the public application…

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 about why he abjures the “Evangelical” label. Like many others, Rob has felt disenfranchised from…

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 significantly on some theological issues like the nature of God and the nature of scripture.…

I’ve taken a month hiatus from this blog, primarily for personal reasons.  In fact, I haven’t even read a blog in a month (with a few exceptions, including Zach’s series on gays in the church).  I’ve tried to breathe deeply and find love.  It had been, for the most part, good for my soul. So,…

This week, I’ll be consumed by the 2009 Emergent Village Theological Conversation with Jurgen Moltmann, an event that my company, JoPa Productions, is producing.  Here’s the Twitter feed of the event, so you can look on with us. <a href=”http://twubs.com/moltmann”>#moltmann</a>

I’ve been influenced by the blog, Minimal Mac, to simplify my cluttered workspace, so I canceled cable TV and used the money I saved to buy a cheap-but-highly-rated Dell monitor. I’m trying to keep all paper off my desk and allow no clutter except the occasional coffee mug.

Christianity21_MediaRelease.pdf Event’s Line-Up Challenges Perceptions of Church Conferences JoPa Productions presents an event featuring more than 20 women speaking into the state of Christianity in the 21st Century–but it’s not a women’s conference Minneapolis, MN August 20, 2009 – Christianity21 [http://www.Christianity21.com] is poised as an event that offers an innovative, holistic, and communal experience. It’s…

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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.

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