Brian McLaren has made a writing and lecturing career out of being controversial. Sometimes I think he creates controversy where there is not enough so that he can be on the other side of it. As I've said in other posts, I like the questions McLaren asks. I don't necessarily agree with his conclusions, but… Continue reading Review – Find Our Way Again
What is the gospel? This is a question that McLaren has been asking for as long as I have been reading his works. I will agree with McLaren that the gospel is not the bullet-pointed, systematic plan to get out of Hell that most evangelicals reduce it to. To McLaren, we need to figure out… Continue reading A New Kind of Christianity – The Gospel Question
What is the over-arching story of the Scriptures? In Western Christianity, it has long been contended that the story of the Scriptures is the story of redemption through Jesus. Brian McLaren taught this position for a long time. He generalizes the idea in a sort of diagram that I will not reproduce here, but essentially… Continue reading A New Kind of Christianity – The Narrative Question
I am quite certain that the next few posts will offend many an uber-Christian out there in cyberspace. If you are one such offended individual, I wish to extend an apology in advance. If you wish to comment and provide useful dialogue on the topic of this post, feel free; but if you wish to… Continue reading A New Kind of Christianity, Introduction
Yesterday, I watched Brian McLaren present his view of the Gospel as “Your kingdom come to earth.” Brian is one of my favorite heretics. His beliefs are heavily influenced by deconstructionist views of Scripture, and always appear to be foundationally sound at first. Unfortunately, his presentation often obscures his view of Scripture. His view of… Continue reading Quoting Jesus Out of Context?