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In Honor of Marcus Borg

What a pleasure to have known Marcus Borg. What a kind and beautiful human being. What a loss to us all.I originally heard of Marcus through his association with the Jesus Seminar, which, in the Evangelical circles I hail from, was not a good thing. My first direct encounter with his writing came through a dialogue book he did with N. T. Wright. Again, my background predisposed me to disagree with him and dislike him, but he made it hard to do either, especially the latter. Hardly the … [Read More...]

An Open Letter to the New Congress: Care for the Earth

My friend Cameron Trimble and I have a letter in The Hill today. You can read it here, or it is included below. Please share it widely … +++++++ We are two Christian leaders, one a 50-something from an Evangelical background and the other a 30-something from a Mainline Protestant background. We have both served as local pastors and now national leaders who consult with multi-denominational Christian leadership around the United States. You have a majority in Congress now, and nearly all of yo … [Read More...]

Are You Saying the Entire Christian Faith Has Been Wrong?

Quite often when I'm speaking to conservative Christian groups, whether the subject is evolution, the meaning of John 14:6, equality for women or LGBT people, the doctrine of inerrancy (papal or biblical), or related topics, people will say it is arrogant of me to suggest that the mainstream of the Christian church has been so wrong for so long. Certainly that could be the case. I wish I were a greater stranger to arrogance than I am. But to refuse to acknowledge the possibility that a … [Read More...]

Peter Enns on the Bible, Part 3

Peter Enns and I both released important books about the Bible this year. Peter's book is called The Bible Tells Me So, and mine is called We Make the Road by Walking. We decided to interview each other about our books and what they say about the Bible. This is Part 3 of 3.+++++ Brian: What is your biggest hope for the book? What would success look like?Peter: Besides getting me interviewed by Brian McLaren and the book having a bright canary yellow cover I can use as a night-light, my b … [Read More...]

Peter Enns on the Bible, Part 2

Peter Enns and I both released important books about the Bible this year. Peter's book is called The Bible Tells Me So, and mine is called We Make the Road by Walking. We decided to interview each other about our books and what they say about the Bible. This is Part 2 of 3.+++++Brian: I often say that for 500 years Protestants have been trying to prove to Catholics that a religion can exist with an infallible book rather than an infallible pope. But now the question remains - can a re … [Read More...]

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Peter Enns on The Bible , Part I

Peter Enns and I both released important books about the Bible this year. Peter's book is called The Bible Tells Me So, and mine is called We Make the Road by Walking. We decided to interview each other about our books and what they say about the Bible. This is Part 1 of 3.+++++Brian: Peter, I loved your book. I don't know many if any theologians who can make serious points with as much humor as you. You theologize like a stand-up comic, which, in light of the seriousness of your subject … [Read More...]

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Dear Charisma Media…

Dear Steve Strang, Jennifer LeClaire, Shawn Akers, and Lee Grady,We all make mistakes. As editors of Charisma Media, you may agree that you made one by posting a vicious Islamophobic article last week. It was good of you to take the post down. [For people who want to read it, it is available here.]Now, many are calling for you to apologize. (For example, here's one petition that's being circulated, asking for you to do so.) I'm sure a lot of your customer base loved the article and would … [Read More...]

Israel, Gaza, Sanity, and Insanity (Part 2)

In a previous post, I tried to address an important issue: that we need to address our precritical approaches to the conflict. If our line of approach is misguided, we will find it easier to be unhelpful. If we repeat conventional polarized/paralyzed rhetoric about the conflict, we will intensify misunderstanding and contribute to the descending spiral of violence … violence that escalates in nightmarish ways. People on each side of the conflict tend to see their counterpart as intellectually in … [Read More...]

Israel, Gaza, Insanity and Sanity (Part 1)

This is not a post about who is right and wrong in Israel-Palestine.This is a post about how the rest of us talk about who is right and wrong in Israel-Palestine.Conventional discourse on the subject goes like this: X is right, good, values life, wants peace, is a victim, and is sane. Y is wrong, bad, doesn't value life, doesn't want peace, is a villain, and is insane. Then, data is selected and presented (and other data ignored or discredited) to prove the proposition. I suppose the … [Read More...]

Q&R: Famous Niebuhr Quote — What Do You Think? (Part 1)

Here's the Question: Hi Brian. I continue to appreciate your facebook postings. They are always thought provoking. I also appreciate your efforts to build bridges between different points of view. As I look at theological trends, especially of mainline protestantism, I am reminded of a quote from H Richard Niebuhr, descibing his assessment of liberal theology. He writes, "a God without wrath brings men without sin into a kingdom without judgment through a ministry of a Christ without a cross." … [Read More...]


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