Phyllis Tickle: Evangelist of the Future

Phyllis Tickle: Evangelist of the Future

by Tony Jones

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Phyllis Tickle has had a significant impact on the religious landscape in America over her 50-year career. As a college dean, a publishing gadfly, and an advocate of the church's emergence, she has garnered a loyal following in the tens of thousands. Among those she's influenced are influential church leaders themselves, including Diana Butler-Bass, Brian McLaren, Nadia Bolz-Weber, Peter Rollins, Doug Pagitt, Jon M. Sweeney, Jana Reiss, Lauren F. Winner, and others. In this volume, they reflect of Phyllis's influence, and on the challenge that Phyllis's work poses the future church.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781612614410
Publisher: Paraclete Press
Publication date: 02/01/2014
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 220
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Tony Jones is the national coordinator of Emergent-U.S. ( and a doctoral fellow and senior research fellow in practical theology at Princeton Theological Seminary. He is the author of Postmodern Youth Ministry: Exploring Cultural Shift, Cultivating Authentic Community, Creating Holistic Connections, The Sacred Way: Spiritual Practices for Everyday Life, The Teaching of the Twelve: Believing and Practicing the Primitive Christianity of the Ancient Didache Community, The Most Difficult Journey You'll Ever Make: The Pilgrim's Progress and You Converted Me: The Confessions of St. Augustine. Tony Jones has spent the last two decades working with young Christians as a pastor, missionary, and theologian. Tony lives with his three children in Edina, Minnesota.

Table of Contents

Introduction Tony Jones 1

Part I Phyllis's Gifts to Publishing and the Church

1 Before Amazon: The Two Women Who Changed Religious Publishing Jon M. Sweeney 15

2 "She Just Sticks her Arms Out, No Matter Who's Coming": Phyllis Tickle and the Practice of Holy Envy Jana Riess 31

3 What Lies Beneath: Phyllis Tickle's Voice in Poetic Chancel Drama Sister Danielle Dwyer 49

Part II Phyllis's Challenges to Mainline, Evangelical, and Emergence Christians

4 Life in the Bridge: Stirring Mutual Transformation in the Anglican Institution and the Emergent Frontier Stephanie Spellers 61

5 Evangelicals on a Journey to Emergence: What to Take, What to Leave Behind Ryan K. Bolger 77

6 Emergence as Conversation, Network, and Movement Brian D. McLaren 93

Part III Phyllis's Legacy as Midwife, Friend, and Pray-Er

7 Mothering an Author Through the Birth of a Book: Phyllis Tickle as Doula Sybil MacBeth 109

8 Bob Barker, Phyllis Tickle, and Friendship in the Future Doug Pagitt 121

9 Prayer is a Place: Reflections on Praying with Phyllis Tickle Lauren F. Winner 131

Afterword: Diana Butler Bass 147

Annotated Bibliography of the Works of Phyllis Tickle Kelly Pigott 151

About the Contributors 175

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