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About Scott Jones

Scott is a pastor (ascensionchurchpa.org), an avid karaoke singer (and former karaoke DJ), and was once a level 62 Hunter Elf in World of Warcraft. He is slugging through a dissertation in his free time. He lives with his best friend Lindy (to whom he's also married). They have two dogs named Lucas and Damien (one of them seems to thinks he's a human). Scott is the host of Mockingbird's podcast, the Mockingcast. He's also the co-host of New Persuasive Words (http://is.gd/G0ee5I), a podcast he does with his friend and co-beligerent Bill Borrer.

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    The Justification Of Faith

    The Justification Of Faith

    I recently had a conversation on the Mockingcast with evangelist-turned-humanist-chaplain Bart Campolo. Those who’ve listened know it was a provocative exchange, yet one that was really stimulating for me. To follow up, I thought I’d write a few posts on the nature of Christian faith in the modern world. These are not meant as a rejoinder or refutation of anything Bart (who I count as a friend) said, per se. They are just thoughts that don’t quite fit with my role as interviewer and are probably too long and dense (and maybe boring?) for the roundtable segment of our podcast. 

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    More Thoughts on Hodor: Felix Culpa and the Identity of God in Game of Thrones

    More Thoughts on Hodor: Felix Culpa and the Identity of God in Game of Thrones

    Will McDavid wrote the definitive summary, critical review and reflection on last Sunday’s episode of Game of Thrones, “The Door.” If you haven’t read it go directly there now. Do not pass go. Do not collect 200 hundred dollars. The short reflection that follows on the revelation of Hodor’s raison d’ etre is indebted to and dependent on Will’s insights. He did most of the heavy lifting already.

    In his Poetics Aristotle observes that we will forgive a good story told badly, but never a bad story wrapped up in even the best of prose. For Aristotle plot is everything. The story…

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    Faith, The Future & The Frightening Reality Of Online Dating

    Faith, The Future & The Frightening Reality Of Online Dating

    Human being is storied being. We find meaning in our present according to where we’ve been and where we’re going. This is why a condition like PTSD is so devastating. By making the traumatic past ever present it robs a person of the ability to narrate their own story or even sometimes to have much of one.

    A recent little piece by theologian Peter Leithart reminded me just how central the tug forward is for us if we’re to live anything like a meaningful life. Leithart points out the curious fact that, at the end of the book of Revelation, the heavenly city…

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    Resurrection & The Grace Of Doing Nothing

    Resurrection & The Grace Of Doing Nothing

    Towards the end of his first missive to the Corinthian church, the Apostle Paul offers a mini tour-de-force in defense of the veracity of the bodily resurrection of Jesus. For Paul this conviction is central not just to the future hope of the people of God but also to orient the pilgrim life of the faithful in this present broken age. “The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ” ( 1 Cor. 15:56-57). Then the argument concludes with something that,…

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    How Do You Preach to the Donald? (Or, Thoughts on the Afflicted and the Comfortable)

    How Do You Preach to the Donald? (Or, Thoughts on the Afflicted and the Comfortable)

    Donald Trump went to church last Sunday. Lots of people did. My guess is he doesn’t do that on the regular. Nor do most people who at one time or another have been religiously observant but for some some reason have been on a kind of hiatus. But you run for president and go back to church and people take notice.

    I suppose it’s the job of the press to take note of such things. I don’t begrudge them. There is a curious bi-product of this kind of reporting though. It poses a kind of religiously voyeuristic Twilight Zone question: what…

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