Moving for the Summer

For the summer, I’ll be blogging at Beliefnet, as will my great-great-grandfather, Professor A.W. Hawthorne.  You can find the new blog HERE.  I imagine I’ll be posting here, too, at least as cross-posts.

By the way, I chose to go with the friendly mutton chops.  My children are not happy about it.

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  • Wow…we need pictures.

  • lol I had a set of those one summer when I was in college!

  • Your children should at least be happy you didn’t go with the unfriendly mutton chops – I wouldn’t want to see those…

  • If you have trouble filling in the facial hair (as I do), you may also consider the friendly pork chops or, for our kosher bretheren, lamb chops.

  • yikes…

  • Steve Hulsey


    I’m an Presbyterian (USA) pastor (yes, mainline). I recently read your book, The New Christians. Thank you for your fresh and honest insights from the Emergent point of view. For several years now I have been keeping up with Brian McLaren’s work and have read all his books. I am a big fan of Brian as well as others who are thinking and writing from the Emergent perspective.

    I like what I am hearing from the Emergent corner of the kingdom. I commend you and your cohorts for challenging us mainliners to re-think and re-consider our assumptions about Reformed theology and ecclesiology. Your voice is refreshing and needed in today’s USAmerican church culture–on both sides of the isle as it were.

    I do have one concern. In your book you make what seems to me to be some overly generalized assumptions regarding the lectionary readings. I am a practitionier of the lectionary. I like being “grabbed” by the text rather than having to look for a text each week. But this fits my preference and where I am in my own spiritual formation.

    I do not think that the elipsis one finds in the readings necessarily represent an intentional avoidance of hard texts or sayings in order to promote a mailine agenda. Quite frankly I find this somewhat an unfair assessment of the intent of those who prepared the lectioanry readings.

    In the June 8 Gospel reading for example, the text goes from Matthew 9:9-13 to 9:18-26; thus skipping the issue of fasting. Now the theme of this text appears to me to be centered on the approach and attitude of Jesus to people who may be considered misfits, outcasts, marginal, etc, etc. People that are considered untouchables if for no other reason than being ritually impure or unclean. Now, the two exampels of this aside from Jesus calling a tax collector to discipleship (definitely an untouchable) on hte backside of the ellipses. This seems to me to be an appropriate use of Scripture, not an avoidance tactic.

    Tony, keep at it brother. I like what I’m hearing. But after 32 years of being embroiled in the often hotly contested theological divide (conservative vs liberal) I find the Emergent voice challenging, refreshing, and energizing. But do try to stay above the fray and not become involved in the conflictual rehetoric so characteristic of the conservative-liberal factions of past years. Peace, Steve