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ComingsoonA collection of writings from Jay Bakker, Rev. Dr. Monica Coleman, Dr. Rita Nakashima Brock, Rev. Dr. Robin Myers, Rev. Dr. Eric Elnes, Rev. Jose Morales, Christian Piatt, Rev. Carol Howard Merritt, Rev. Dr. Derek Penwell, Rev. Rich McCullen, Doug Pagitt, Adele Sakler and Rev. Tripp Fuller.

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churchisflatThe Church Is Flat is the first significant, researched study into the ecclesiology of the emerging church movement. Research into eight congregations is put into conversation with the theology of Jürgen Moltmann, concluding with pragmatic proposals for the the practice of a truly relational ecclesiology.

Tony Jones visited eight emerging church congregations (Cedar Ridge Community Church, Pathways Church, Vintage Faith Church, Journey Church, Solomon’s Porch, House of Mercy, Church of the Apostles, and Jacob’s Well), facilitating interviews, focus groups, and surveys.

After interpreting the data, Jones pulls out the most significant practices of these congregations and judges them relative to the relational ecclesiology of Jürgen Moltmann. Finally, Jones proposes a way forward for the emerging church movement, and the Protestant church writ large. Available on Amazon.

Posted by: In: Books by JoPa 04 Jan 2013 0 comments

questionsthathauntWhy would a perfect God create an imperfect universe?

Why didn’t Jesus rescue himself from the cross?

Will I retain my memories in Heaven?

Theologian Tony Jones tackles these and other questions — real questions from real people — in the first volume of his series, Questions That Haunt Christianity. Jones delivers thoughtful, commonsense answers and provokes serious conversation about issues from the most abstract to the commonplace. Available on Amazon.

Posted by: In: Books by JoPa 04 Jan 2013 0 comments

betteratonementFor a long time, I’ve felt uncomfortable with the conventional ways that many Christians understand the atonement — that is, why Jesus died on the cross. Or, more accurately, what was accomplished when Jesus died on the cross. The most common understanding of the atonement stems from the early church doctrine of “original sin,” which I take to be a wholly unbiblical doctrine. In other words, our common view of the atonement is a solution in search of a problem — the tail wagging the dog.

So, I went in search of other ways to understand the atonement. This book is what I found. It’s an easy read, written in a way that anyone can understand. I hope it will be helpful to you, as it has been to me, to understand the power of the crucifixion and resurrection. Available on Amazon.
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therearetwomarriagesAn essay by theologian Tony Jones on the nature of marriage in American society and the church. Jones argues that there are two marriages in America — civil marriage and sacramental marriage — and they serve two distinct functions in our lives. Thus, they should be separated.

Jones goes on to emphasize that the sacramental marriage recognized by a faith community has very little overlap with the legal marriage that is recognized and licensed by the state. “I’m asking conservative Christians to look at same sex marriage the same way: gays and lesbians are partnering, and they are increasingly raising children.  Regardless of whether you think gay sex is God’s ideal, it is happening.  So let’s incentivize and encourage monogamy among gay and bisexual persons the same way that we do among straight persons.” Available on Amazon.