Review: Did God Kill Jesus?

Meet the Author I have quoted Tony Jones on this blog a few times (Proposed Inaugural Benedictions, The Future of Seminary Education, and Incarnational Christian) over the years.  Tony is is an ordained minister in the National Association of Congregational Christian Churches with a Ph.D. from Princeton Seminary (2011) best known for his role in helping launch what has become known as the emergent church movement.  Currently he serves as theologian-in-residence at Solomon’s Read More …

Proposed Inauguration Benedictions

The inauguration benediction offered later today has received considerable attention.  More specifically, the spotlight has been on the one who will voice those words - including why Louie Giglio stepped aside and Luis Leon was chosen as a replacement. Paul Brandeis Raushenbush, senior religion editor for the Huffington Post, recently shifted the focus to what words could be spoken with a blog post featuring his own proposed benediction alongside two dozen additional submissions by religious Read More …

The Future of Seminary Education

During the months of October and November, Patheos is providing a unique look into the future of seminary education.  They have invited 25 leaders to write blog posts exploring the topic.  In reviewing the October contributions, I found the following remarks of considerable interest: Jim Burklo: "I envision a time when seminaries are better known as retreat centers for lay people than as schools for professional pastors.  If seminaries have a much wider cultural focus and impact, I believe Read More …

Incarnational Christian

Tony Jones, author of The New Christians: Dispatches from the Emergent Frontier and theologian-in-residence at Solomon's Porch in Minneapolis, MN, recently began calling himself an "incarnational Christian."  In making the declaration, he suggests that others who use the term should understand it is not about being evangelical and the term should not be capitalized, politicized or commoditized. In a second blog post that explores the theology behind the term, he writes: to say that I am Read More …