St. Paul Lutheran welcomes author and theologian Tony Jones – Nov. 13

Tony Jones
Tony Jones

DAVENPORT, Iowa (KWQC) — St. Paul Lutheran welcomes author and theologian Tony Jones on Sunday, November 13, 2016.

St. Paul Lutheran Faith & Life Series presents author and theologian Tony Jones

Jones’ two presentations will be Sunday, Nov. 13

Davenport, Iowa – Author and theologian Tony Jones, whose most recent book is Did God Kill Jesus?, is the 2016 St. Paul Faith & Life Series speaker.

Jones will present twice on Sunday, Nov. 13, at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 2136 Brady St., Davenport, Iowa. Both presentations are free and open to the public.

* Sunday morning learning hour, 10:45 a.m., Did God Kill Jesus?

* Community-wide lecture, 4 p.m., Jesus’ Crucifixion – The Ultimate Political Act.

Each fall, St. Paul hosts the community-wide Faith & Life Series. The church brings people of national stature to the Quad Cities, sparking new ideas about what it means to live faithfully. The event is free and open to the public.

The presentation Did God Kill Jesus?, based on Jones’ book, seeks to rescue Christians from the shame and guilt of being “sinners in the hands of an angry God/” That viewpoint was an invention of the medieval church and became enshrined as orthodox Christianity, Jones says.

“When we dig a little deeper,” Jones writes, “we find that the answer to this question reveals what we think about the very nature of God. Finding love in the death of Jesus is the ultimate test of our Christian faith.”

Jones served as a pastor and non-profit executive for two decades before earning his Ph.D. in practical theology from Princeton Theological Seminary. He also holds a B.A. from Dartmouth College, a Masters of Divinity from Fuller Theological Seminary.

He’s written a dozen books, including The New Christians: Dispatches from the Emergent Frontier and The Sacred Way: Spiritual Practices for Everyday Life. He has taught at Fuller Theological Seminary and St. Cloud State University.He is currently a theologian-in-residence at Solomon’s Porch in Minneapolis. His work has been awarded grants from the Lilly Endowment and the Templeton Foundation.

Jones is married, has three children, and lives in Edina, Minnesota. For more information, contact Ann McGlynn at ann@stpaulqc.org.

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