Bacon on the Bookshelf

Savory picks for the free range reader

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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May 22, 2019
by jenniferpuryear

Something In The Water: Guest Post by Todd Jones

Book Title: Something in the Water

My friend Todd Jones stops in at Bacon today to recommend a novel that is part Downton Abbey, part psychological thriller, deliciously dread-inducing, big-question-asking, AND set in Bora Bora… anyone need a summer read? Bonus: it’s now in paperback!

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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