Tag Archives: Brian McLaren

Our Priority Is Love

Jesus: Modeling an Evolving Faith Our Priority Is Love Thursday, January 3, 2019 Brian McLaren, a dear friend and fellow public theologian, shares my concern and hope that Christianity can evolve. In his book The Great Spiritual Migration, he writes: For centuries, Christianity has been presented as a system of beliefs. That system of beliefs… Continue Reading Our Priority Is Love

Reflecting on CONSPIRE 2018

LS Alumni and Students Reflect on CONSPIRE 2018 Mark Longhurst (’15) CONSPIRE 2018 dared to open a thematic gateway to challenging terrain that few spirituality conferences tread: the path of descent as the path of transformation. As Fr. Richard Rohr said in his conference video invitation, “Failure, relapse, death, and woundedness are our primary teachers.… Continue Reading Reflecting on CONSPIRE 2018

A View from the Bottom

Justice: Week 2 A View from the Bottom Sunday, June 17, 2018 Jesus’ basic justice agenda was simple living, humility, and love of neighbor. We all have to live this way ourselves. From that position, God can do God’s work rather easily. Unfortunately, even many who claim to follow Jesus have deviated from this path.… Continue Reading A View from the Bottom

Continuing Conversion

From the Bottom Up: Summary Continuing Conversion Tuesday, December 26, 2017 My friend Brian McLaren expertly maps the process of rebuilding Christianity in his book The Great Spiritual Migration. In the introduction, Brian explains how humans are people in motion, as evidenced by anthropology, the biblical Exodus, and Jesus’ disciples who were to “go into… Continue Reading Continuing Conversion

Emerging Church: Weekly Summary

Emerging Church Summary: Sunday, November 26-Friday, December 1, 2017 Reformation is the perpetual process of conversion that is needed by all individuals and institutions. (Sunday) I believe the “emerging church” is a movement of the Holy Spirit. Movements are the energy-building stages of things, before they become monuments, museums, or machines. (Monday) The emerging church,… Continue Reading Emerging Church: Weekly Summary

Rooted and Grounded in Love

Emerging Church Rooted and Grounded in Love Friday, December 1, 2017 Brian McLaren, a longtime friend and speaker at many CAC conferences, has been a leading presence in the Emerging Church movement. Today I share a favorite passage from his recent book, The Great Spiritual Migration: The only thing that matters is faith expressing itself… Continue Reading Rooted and Grounded in Love

Faith Expressed as Love

Faith and Belief Faith Expresses as Love Monday, July 17, 2017 Today Brian McLaren continues reflecting on faith and belief: We could say that Christian faith (like many other faiths) was an engine of human cultural evolution when it came on the scene. It introduced new beliefs into human consciousness that liberated millions from older… Continue Reading Faith Expressed as Love

A System of Beliefs or a Way of Life?

Faith and Belief A System of Beliefs or a Way of Life? Sunday, July 16, 2017 The terms belief and faith are often used synonymously. Yet they are very different. As David Benner says, “Belief is conviction of the trustworthiness of a proposition. . . . Faith, on the other hand, can never be reduced… Continue Reading A System of Beliefs or a Way of Life?

Wolf in the Henhouse

Tradition Wolf in the Henhouse Wednesday, January 18, 2017 The word catholic comes from the Greek kata (meaning “through” or “throughout”) and holos (meaning “whole”). This word was originally used by Ignatius of Antioch as early as the year 100 to precisely include all Christians, and it is a shame that it later was used… Continue Reading Wolf in the Henhouse

Bias from the Bottom

From the Bottom Up: Introduction Bias from the Bottom Friday, January 6, 2017 (Feast of the Epiphany) Another aspect of the phrase “from the bottom up” has to do with the biblical and Franciscan emphasis on the path of descent. Most of religion is ideological: it defines reality from the top down. It begins with… Continue Reading Bias from the Bottom

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