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Tag Archives: Brian McLaren

Who We Are Is Who We Will Be

Hell, No! Who We Are Is Who We Will Be Friday, September 17, 2021 My colleague Brian McLaren has long explored what it might mean to be a “new kind of Christian.” Brian once wrote a fictionalized story about a pastor asking questions at the edges of his faith. Dan, the book’s main character, strikes… Continue Reading Who We Are Is Who We Will Be

Living Inside God’s Great Story: Weekly Summary

Living Inside God’s Great Story Saturday, September 4, 2021 Week Thirty-Five Summary and Practice Sunday, August 29—Friday, September 3, 2021 Sunday I would gather my siblings and neighborhood friends and have them sit on a bench in the backyard. I would hold my penny catechism upside down since I couldn’t read yet, and I would… Continue Reading Living Inside God’s Great Story: Weekly Summary

The Cosmos Reveal God’s Great Love

Living Inside God’s Great Story The Cosmos Reveal God’s Great Love Thursday, September 2, 2021 Brian McLaren grew up, as I did, in a very religious home, where “our story” was defined by strict religious obligations, with clear insiders and outsiders. However, a mystical experience in nature opened Brian up to God’s Great Story. He… Continue Reading The Cosmos Reveal God’s Great Love

Mutual Indwelling

Great Themes of Scripture: New Testament Mutual Indwelling Friday, July 9, 2021 The whole movement of the Bible is toward ever-greater Incarnation and embodiment, until the mystery of mutual indwelling is finally experienced and enjoyed even here in this world, in this life, and in this body. It then becomes the banquet that we call… Continue Reading Mutual Indwelling

Paul: A New Creation

Great Themes of Scripture: New Testament Paul: A New Creation Thursday, July 8, 2021 Paul, the great apostle to the gentiles, is a unique figure in the New Testament. About half of the books in the New Testament bear his name, either because he actually wrote them or because other early Christians attached his name… Continue Reading Paul: A New Creation

Acts: Knowledge on Fire

Great Themes of Scripture: New Testament Acts: Knowledge on Fire Wednesday, July 7, 2021 In Luke’s Gospel, the Holy Spirit is fully bestowed on Jesus, the beloved Son who acts with God’s power, speaks with God’s authority, and loves with God’s love. Through the gift of the Spirit given to Jesus, God’s justice is announced… Continue Reading Acts: Knowledge on Fire

Luke’s Good News: God’s Justice

Great Themes of Scripture: New Testament Luke’s Good News: God’s Justice Tuesday, July 6, 2021 For Luke, while the ultimate meaning of the good news is still the nearness of God’s kingdom, he says it differently. He speaks not of God’s kingdom but of God’s justice, and he especially emphasizes the privileged position of the… Continue Reading Luke’s Good News: God’s Justice

Mark’s Good News: A Secret Message

Great Themes of Scripture: New Testament Mark’s Good News: A Secret Message Monday, July 5, 2021 At the beginning of Mark’s Gospel, he announces that he is proclaiming the good news about Jesus Christ, the Messiah, the Son of God (Mark 1:1). But in the first half of the Gospel, it is the evil spirits… Continue Reading Mark’s Good News: A Secret Message

Matthew’s Good News: The Kingdom of Heaven is at Hand

Great Themes of Scripture: New Testament Matthew’s Good News: The Kingdom of Heaven is at Hand Sunday, July 4, 2021 Independence Day in the U.S. This week I will continue to share portions from my early tapes and books on the Great Themes of Scripture. While these talks first launched my public teaching ministry in… Continue Reading Matthew’s Good News: The Kingdom of Heaven is at Hand

An Evolving Faith Includes Doubt

An Evolving Faith An Evolving Faith Includes Doubt Wednesday, June 2, 2021 In my mind, one of the markers of an evolving faith is an ability to integrate doubt—to hold the tension between what we’ve been taught and what we’ve come to know as true. When grounded in an experience of Love, doubt does not… Continue Reading An Evolving Faith Includes Doubt

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