Archives For Tony Jones


Today and Tomorrow are the last two days of the huge sale that Paraclete Press is running on their ebooks.

Over 130 ebooks have been marked down, and most of these are $2.99 or less!!!


Kindle users can browse the full list here:


If you prefer your ebooks in another format, Paraclete has those too: 
ePUB for Nook
or PDF ebooks


HOWEVER, if you don’t have the time or desire to browse the full collection, we have picked 12 essential ebooks that you should own and read:
(Sorry, links below go to Kindle ebooks only…)



[easyazon-image align=”none” asin=”B0044XV7HE” locale=”us” height=”110″ src=”” width=”74″ alt=”Paraclete Press”] 1) [easyazon-link asin=”B0044XV7HE” locale=”us”]The Wisdom of Stability: Rooting Faith in a Mobile Culture[/easyazon-link]  – Jonathan Wilson Hartgrove


Our 2010 Book of the Year — [ Read our review… ]

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2) [easyazon-link asin=”B002UKOKJU” locale=”us”]Jesus Creed: Loving God, Loving Others[/easyazon-link]  by Scot McKnight

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[easyazon-image align=”none” asin=”B002BDU85G” locale=”us” height=”110″ src=”” width=”72″] 3) [easyazon-link asin=”B002BDU85G” locale=”us”]Mudhouse Sabbath: An Invitation to a Life of Spiritual Discipline [/easyazon-link] by Lauren Winner

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A Rich, Organic and Conversational Vision
of the Local Church Community

A Review of
The Teaching of the Twelve:
Believing and Practicing the Primitive Christianity
of the Ancient Didache Community
by Tony Jones.

Reviewed by Chris Smith.

The Teaching of the Twelve:
Believing and Practicing the Primitive Christianity
of the Ancient Didache Community
Tony Jones.

Paperback: Paraclete Press,  2010.
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[ Click Here to Read an Excerpt from this book! ]

Tony Jones - The Teaching of the TwelveThe Didache was one of the first texts that sparked my interest in the life of the earliest church communities.  In the wake of 9/11 and the many signs of the church’s domestication to American culture, the Didache as a powerful reminder that another way was possible, a way that is not rooted in returning evil for evil, a way that leads to life.  Over the last decade, I have read a number of books on the Didache, but none has been so vibrant and accessible as Tony Jones’ new book The Teaching of the Twelve: Believing and Practicing the Primitive Christianity of the Ancient Didache Community.  Jones not only seeks to introduce the Didache to a broad audience – an excellent task by itself – but also to make a case for the significance of its message in these postmodern times that in many ways resemble the era in which the Didache was written.  He says in the book’s introduction:

The Didache offers something of an alternative to what many know of Christianity.  The real power of the Didache is its ability to remind us of what is truly important in  Christianity: showing the love of Jesus to the world. (11)

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Here are four video segments of Walter Brueggemann at the 2004 Emergent Conversation.  (The video is fuzzy, but the audio is pretty clear…)

Day One, Part One:

Day One, Part Two:

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Scot McKnight Starts a Conversation on
Jean Twenge’s GENERATION ME.

When it comes to grasping the big picture of what is doing on in culture, the single-most important book I have read in the last thirty years is Robert Bellah’s famous Habits of the Heart: Individualism and Commitment in American Life. (Robert Putnam’s Bowling Alone : The Collapse and Revival of American Communitycame next.)

But I have to put next to Bellah’s book the devastatingly insightful Generation Me: Why Today’s Young Americans Are More Confident, Assertive, Entitled–and More Miserable Than Ever Before by Jean Twenge. I spend my time reading this in two poses: totally engulfed in what she says and staring into space pondering the implications of her conclusions.

I believe every parent, every youth pastor, every college professor, and every pastor ought to buy this book, read it, and then hold a series of conversations with others about (1) what it says and (2) what we can do to change the course of culture. This book is that important.

It is fashionable for 40 somethings and 50 somethings and 60 somethings and up to 90 somethings to decry the condition of our youth. So, it would be a complete mistake to read this book looking for ammunition to judge the 20somethings and 30somethings. By the way, iGens are 18-35 yr olds. One of Twenge’s observations is that the Boomers, formerly called the Me Generation, produced iGens or Generation Me. What we did is what iGens will do — only they’ll probably ramp it up some and that’s not good.

Twenge could have done some scolding of Boomers and could have done some figuring out what to do about the problems we’ve got, but her approach is to describe and decry. And she does this very, very well … and that’s all we need in order to create a conversation.

Here’s why this book is so signfiicant: Twenge and her associates have done longitudinal studies on tests taken for the last forty or fifty years and she has been able to observe major trends and shifts in such things as self-perceptions. And the results are showing increases in self-importance, leading not only to self-esteem but also narcissism. Here is her major conclusion:

iGens “speak the language of the self as their native tongue. The individual has always come first, and feeling good about yourself has always been a primary virtue” (2). But it is also a time of “soaring expectations and crushing realities.”
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Generation Me: Why Today’s Young Americans
Are More Confident, Assertive, Entitled
–and More Miserable Than Ever Before
Jean Twenge.
Paperback: Free Press, 2007.
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The ORION review of Stephen Trimble’s

WHAT DRIVES individuals and corporations to erect mega-malls and luxury resorts in place of open meadows and sleepy communities? It is quite literally the million-dollar question. Money, however, is usually only part of the answer. As Stephen Trimble writes in Bargaining for Eden, “Caught between dreams, we are all greedy, and we are all generous. How then do we create a structure for our communities that expresses our altruism more than our self-interest?”

Eden focuses on Earl Holding, one of the nation’s largest landowners and a reclusive Salt Lake City mogul in charge of Sinclair Oil, Sun Valley ski resort, and the Little America hotel chain. A secretary once inquired if Holding was pleased about the acquisition of a parcel next to one of his ranches, to which he reportedly replied, “I won’t be satisfied until I own all the land next to mine.”

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Stephen Trimble.

Hardcover: U. of California Press, 2008.
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Tony Jones Overviews Charles Taylor’s A SECULAR AGE.

Taylor begins A Secular Age by acknowledging that secularity is difficult to define, hard to pin down.  It seem, he writes, that there are two leading candidates for describing secularism:


Secularity 1: Our relation to a transcendent God has been displaced at the center of social life and replaced by secularized public spaces and institutions.


Secularity 2: Faith in God has declined, as have the beliefs and practicies inherent thereto, in large part as a result of theories that originated with the Enlightenment.


Both of these, as I wrote above, Taylor sees as mistaken, for they tend to track a “decline” of religion.  But religion is not in decline.  Instead, Taylor argues, it is morphing.  What has ended is the age of “naive” faith in a transcendent God.  For the first time in human history, exclusive humanism is now a viable option, at least in the West.  And humanism sprang from Providential Deism, which itself grew out of orthodox Christianity.


It is the advent of exclusive humanism, however, that was the real watershed.  All belief systems are concerned with human flourishing, and most depend on a transcendent God to determine what it is to “flourish” (Buddhism being a notable exception).  “A secular age,” Taylor writes, “is one in which the eclipse of all goals beyond human flourishing becomes conceivable; or better, it falls within the range of an imaginable life for masses of people. This is the critical link between secularity and a self-sufficing humanism.” (19-20)


Thus, Secularity 3: New conditions of belief, consisting of a new shape to the experience which prompts and is defined by belief, in a new context in which all search and questioning about the moral and spiritual must now proceed. “The main feature of this new context is that it puts and end to the naive acknowledgement of the transcendent, or of goals or claims which go beyond human flourishing…Naivete is now unavailable to anyone, believer or unbeliever alike.” (21)

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Charles Taylor.

Hardcover: Belknap Press, 2007.
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