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"A LIVING WAY: Emergent Visions" Series Foreword. PREFACE. INTRODUCTION: What Is "Emergent"? CHAPTER 1: Leaving the Old Country. "Church Is Dead". Signs of Death-and Life. The Problem on the Left. A Case Study: Go Where I Send Thee. The Problem on the Right. A Case Study: Don't Ask Us About the Chickens. The Real Problem: Left Versus Right. Caught in the Crossfire Dispatch from the Blogosphere: Musings of a Postmodern Negro. CHAPTER 2: Dispatches from the Frontier of the American Church. An Allegory. An Alternative Ending. Geological Musings. What Exactly Is Emerging? The Beginnings. "The Bible Is Propaganda". The New Kind of Christian Effect. Meanwhile, Across the Pond Then till Now The Church's Choice Dispatch from the Rocky Mountains: Katie and Kristen. CHAPTER 3: Who Are the Emergent Christians? Hunches and Intuitions. Influencing Culture or Influenced by Culture? An "Envelope of Friendship" An Emergent Voters' Guide Dispatch from I-35: The Terrific Tale of Trucker Frank. CHAPTER 4: The Theology, Stupid. Dartmouth Days. What, Exactly, Is Theology? Theology on the Rise. Going Deep. Skiing the Slippery Slope. So, a Biblicist and a Relativist Walk into a Pastors' Conference... The Expurgated Lectionary. Dispatch from Seminary: Legalisms of the Left. CHAPTER 5: After Objectivity: Beautiful Truth. The Thrill of Interpretation Reading the Whole Bible "Sonny, It Ain't Nothing till I Call It". Truth (a.k.a. God) After Objectivity: Dialogue Beautiful, Messy, Incarnational Truth Paradoxes Dispatch from the End of a Three-Mile Dirt Road: Recovering "Church". CHAPTER 6: Inside the Emergent Church. It's a Great Day at Jacob's Well! Wikichurch. Tightly Knit: Journey. Binitarians. The People's Liturgy: Church of the Apostles. Time to Rethink Seminary. MyChurch: A Paean to Solomon's Porch. EPILOGUE: Feral Christians. APPENDICES. Appendix A: "Emergent Village Values and Practices". Appendix B: "A Response to Our Critics". Appendix C: "Disastrous Statements". NOTES. ACKNOWLEDGMENTS. THE AUTHOR. INDEX.

About the Author

Tony Jones is the national coordinator of Emergent Village (www.emergentvillage.org), and a doctoral fellow in practical theology at Princeton Theological Seminary. He is the author of many books, including The Sacred Way: Spiritual Practices for Everyday Life. Jones is a sought-after speaker and consultant in the areas of emerging church, postmodernism, and Christian spirituality. Tony lives with his wife, Julie, and their three children in Edina, Minnesota.


"Jones (The Sacred Way) provides the single best introduction to the Emergent Church movement, of which he is a prominent leader." (Publishers Weekly, January 14, 2008)

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