Timothy Paul Jones

Timothy Paul Jones
C. Edwin Gheens Professor of Christian Family Ministry; Associate Vice President for the Global Campus

Jones oversees doctoral studies while also teaching in the areas of apologetics and family ministry and serving as editor of the Journal of Discipleship and Family Ministry. Before coming to Southern, he led churches in Missouri and Oklahoma as pastor and associate pastor. Jones has received the Scholastic Recognition Award and has authored or contributed to more than a dozen books, including PROOF; Conspiracies and the Cross; Perspectives on Family Ministry; and Christian History Made Easy. In 2010, Christian Retailing magazine selected Christian History Made Easy as the book of the year in the field of Christian education. He is married to Rayann and they have three daughters: Hannah, Skylar, and Kylinn. The Jones family serves in SojournKids children’s ministry at Sojourn Community Church.

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Do the Gospels Borrow from Pagan Myths?

Connections between pagan practices and later patterns in Christian worship or holiday celebrations may be interesting—but these links have nothing to do with whether New Testament accounts of the life of Jesus are historically accurate.

Can I Trust the Bible?

Can you be a Christian without believing the Bible? What about the reliability of the Bible—can we trust it? Timothy Paul Jones answers these and other popular and vital questions about the Word of God.

5 things you need for better apologetics

Apologetics is the reverent, reasonable, and humble defense — through our words and through our lives — of the hope we have in the risen Christ.

Is it wrong to preach for conversions?

As long as there are persons who have yet to embrace the gospel, there is a need for preaching — and not just any preaching. What is needed is gospel-centered preaching that boldly appeals to lost men and women to turn to Jesus Christ.

Author Interview: Timothy Paul Jones & Michael Wilder, “The God Who Goes Before You”

Timothy Paul Jones & Michael Wilder converse about their new upcoming book, “The God Who Goes Before You”.

The possibilities of online education

What can quickly be forgotten in this rush toward online education is that the Scriptures and our theological confessions should shape not only the content of our courses but also their design and delivery.

Inerrancy preserved

Why we can still trust the Bible, despite manuscript differences

Servants not Sovereigns

Can we really trust the Bible if the manuscripts have mistakes?

3 reasons second century scribes don’t make me doubt the Bible’s inerrancy.

Your church is not your platform

The church is not a platform to serve a pastor’s visionary ideals, social stature, or emotional well-being. The church is the blood-bought property of God. For a pastor to treat the people as his platform is an act of treasonous theft, stealing for himself that which Christ our great high priest has purchased at the cost of his own blood.

How to train parents to disciple their kids

If we want our family ministries to be effective, we need to involve parents.

How Should We Define Family Ministry?

We in the family-equipping movement are specifically seeking practices of family ministry that are driven and defined by a Scripture-saturated plan for equipping parents to embrace primary responsibility for their children’s discipleship.

The Family-Equipping Model for Family Ministry: Transforming Age-Organized Ministries to Co-Champion the Family and the Community of Faith

In many ways the family-equipping model represents a middle route between the family-integrated and family-based models.

The Family-Based Model for Church Ministry: Activities and Emphases to Empower Parents within Age-Segmented Structures

The family-based model seeks to merge a comprehensive-coordinative vision for parents with the segmented-programmatic perspective that remains prevalent in many contemporary churches.

The Family-Integrated Model for Church Ministry: A Complete Break from Age-Segmented Structures

The family-integrated approach represents a complete break from the “neo-traditional” segmented-programmatic church.

The Problem and the Promise of Family Ministry

After decades on the back burner of congregational life, family ministry has suddenly become a hot topic.