Bacon on the Bookshelf

Savory picks for the free range reader

February 10, 2021
by jenniferpuryear

Aggravations and Consolations, feat. Todd Jones

Yesterday was full of aggravations and concerns. The Lenten roses – in their humility, peacefulness, and acceptance of their particular geography – seemed to understand something I didn’t. The pansies, on the other hand? We were on the same page. I was reminded – as if one needs reminding – that almost every single thing is out of my control. Including each person I love …

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December 22, 2019
by jenniferpuryear

A Top Pick of 2019: Guest Post by Todd Jones

Book Title: The Dearly Beloved

  Todd Jones, former senior pastor at First Presbyterian Church, Nashville, offers a meditation today on one of the best novels he’s read this year – The Dearly Beloved, by Cara Wall. Was it the best book he read this year? “Honestly, I read too many good novels on our transatlantic cruise to say any particular one was THE favorite. I’ve been like a kid …

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April 14, 2017
by jenniferpuryear

Good Friday Special: On Suffering

The empty tomb is stunning, transcendent – also hard to imagine – not impossible. The death and anguish of Good Friday? Not hard. Suffering and death we GET – though that doesn’t mean we don’t ask why. It seems a good time to share a post by Dr. Todd Jones, pastor of First Presbyterian Church in Nashville, on What Shall We Say? Evil, Suffering and The Crisis of …

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July 10, 2014
by jenniferpuryear

Guest Post: Todd Jones on Six Presidents

Book Title: 1920: The Year of the Six Presidents

You can tell when Todd Jones enters the room.  All of a sudden, things get livelier.  People are more animated and warmer.  They’re following his lead.  You won’t see many yawns when he’s in the pulpit most Sundays at First Pres!  If I could invent a minister from scratch, I’d hope to come up with Todd Jones. Todd was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  He …

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