Joe Jones, a retired and well-known systematic theologian, confesses he has a lover’s quarrel with the church. In wide-ranging
writings mostly dating since 2006, he forthrightly argues for a theologically sound understanding of the church. And he pursues a multi-faceted critique of the feckless ways in which actual churches—ministers and laity—balk and betray their rightful calling to witness in word and deed to God. He is especially critical of the practical ways in which congregations become no more than mirror images of their sociopolitical milieu, whether to the right or to the le. Hence the quarrel, trenchantly pursued in major essays, blogs, and spiritual reections on his own past. But it remains crystal clear to Jones in his learned and profound confession that it is his beloved church with which he quarrels and about which he still has extravagant hopes. A Lover’s Quarrel is a book appropriate for ministers and laity, students and professors, and learned skeptics.