The New Christians: Dispatches from the Emergent Frontier

The New Christians: Dispatches from the Emergent Frontier

by Tony Jones


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ISBN-13: 9781506454955
Publisher: Augsburg Fortress, Publishers
Publication date: 01/01/2019
Pages: 200
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)

About the Author

Tony Jones ( is the author of many books on Christian ministry and spirituality, including The Sacred Way: Spiritual Practices for Everyday Life. He is a theologian-in-residence at Solomon's Porch in Minneapolis and a doctoral fellow in practical theology at Princeton Theological Seminary. Tony is a sought-after speaker and consultant in the areas of emerging church, postmodernism, and Christian spirituality. Tony has three children and lives in Edina, Minnesota.

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Table of Contents

"A Living Way: Emergent Visions" Series Foreword     xiii
Preface     xv
Introduction: What Is "Emergent"?     xvii
Leaving the Old Country     1
"Church Is Dead"     4
Signs of Death-and Life     5
The Problem on the Left     7
A Case Study: Go Where I Send Thee     10
The Problem on the Right     11
A Case Study: Don't Ask Us About the Chickens     13
The Real Problem: Left Versus Right     18
Caught in the Crossfire     21
Dispatch from the Blogosphere: Musings of a Postmodern Negro     24
Dispatches from the Frontier of the American Church     31
An Allegory     31
An Alternative Ending     33
Geological Musings     35
What Exactly Is Emerging?     37
The Beginnings     41
"The Bible Is Propaganda"     43
The New Kind of Christian Effect     49
Meanwhile, Across the Pond     52
Then till Now     55
The Church's Choice     57
Dispatch from the Rocky Mountains: Katie and Kristen     60
Who Are the Emergent Christians?     67
Hunches and Intuitions     68
Influencing Culture or Influenced by Culture?     72
An "Envelope of Friendship"     76
An Emergent Voters' Guide     80
Dispatch from I-35: The Terrific Tale of Trucker Frank     86
The Theology, Stupid     95
Dartmouth Days     96
What, Exactly, Is Theology?     104
Theology on the Rise     106
Going Deep     111
Skiing the Slippery Slope     115
So, a Biblicist and a Relativist Walk into a Pastors' Conference ...     123
The Expurgated Lectionary     130
Dispatch from Seminary: Legalisms of the Left     134
After Objectivity: Beautiful Truth     139
The Thrill of Interpretation     140
Reading the Whole Bible     143
"Sonny, It Ain't Nothing till I Call It"     148
Truth (a.k.a. God)     152
After Objectivity: Dialogue     155
Beautiful, Messy, Incarnational Truth     157
Paradoxes     162
Dispatch from the End of a Three-Mile Dirt Road: Recovering "Church"     170
Inside the Emergent Church     175
It's a Great Day at Jacob's Well!     175
Wikichurch     180
Tightly Knit: Journey      192
Binitarians     201
The People's Liturgy: Church of the Apostles     203
Time to Rethink Seminary     209
MyChurch: A Paean to Solomon's Porch     210
Epilogue: Feral Christians     219
Appendices     221
"Emergent Village Values and Practices"     222
"A Response to Our Critics"     227
"Disastrous Statements"     233
Notes     237
Acknowledgments     253
The Author     255
Index     257

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