About Brian McLaren

Brian D. McLaren is an author, speaker, pastor, and networker among innovative Christian leaders, thinkers, and activists.

In Praise of Political Correctness (A Poem)

I don’t know if they know what they mean When they mock it, but I sure know what I mean When I praise it. It’s like gun safety, people. You don’t point a loaded sentence At someone. You never walk through a crowd without clicking The safety on your mouth. Certain words are like triggers. [Read More…]

Q&R: Hate the Sin and Love the Sinner?

Here’s the Question: I am a Canadian who attends [a contemporary evangelical church] in Toronto. We practice a third way of accepting LGBT people into our family with love and non judgement but do not conduct Same Sex marriages. My father came out to me a few years ago and my wife and I have [Read More…]

Q & R: Is There Any Part of Christianity That I Can Continue to Embrace?

How should we deal with the trade-ups that need to be made in the New Testament view of God and Jesus? It seems that even the character of Jesus and other parts of the New Testament (e.g., the symbolic yet extremely violent book of Revelation) might need a trade up. This is has been very disturbing to me, and I’m not sure where to go from here or if there’s any part of Christianity that I can continue to embrace. [Read more…]

We Make the Road Church-Wide Curriculum…and Beyond

When I wrote We Make the Road By Walking, I hoped that churches could use it either for a season or a whole year … as an “alternative lectionary” to frame sermons and worship, as a curriculum for small groups and youth groups, even as a framework for a kids ministry program. It has been [Read More…]

A Post-Easter Meditation

For many people, Holy Week is a time of triumphant faith. But for others, it raises all kinds of questions and doubts. Here is a meditation from Duane Clinker especially for the latter: http://loveandresist.blogspot.com/2016/03/an-apology-for-faith-in-love-by-duane.html Quotable: After his death, instead of being crushed as the empire expected, his followers actually grew and spread his words and [Read More…]

The Most Important Question Pastors Can Ask Before this Easter Sunday

My old friend Bruce Johnson is a savvy business consultant, and in a recent article, he challenges businesses to learn their NPS – Net Promoter Score. The key insight – that some business customers or clients will leave a business so thrilled that they’ll tell their friends – applies to churches as well. The article [Read More…]

Faith Can Change the Climate: The Rev. Jim Wallis

#faithandclimate In September 2015, I was honored to be among a group of multi-faith leaders who came together in Washington, DC, to amplify Pope Francis’ message to care for God’s creation. Videos of the gathering are now available, produced by Blessed Tomorrow. In sharing these materials through email and social media you will help keep [Read More…]

Faith Can Change the Climate: Rev. Dr. Susan Henry-Crow

#FaithAndClimate In September 2015, I was honored to be among a group of multi-faith leaders who came together in Washington, DC, to amplify Pope Francis’ message to care for God’s creation. Videos of the gathering are now available, produced byBlessed Tomorrow. In sharing these materials through email and social media you will help keep the [Read More…]

The Afraid People

My friend Darren Freeman-Coppadge wrote a poem that expresses what a lot of us have been feeling lately. You’ll enjoy reading it here: Quotable: I. Am afraid. I am afraid to go to the movie theater. Out to dinner. To school. To work. Anywhere. I am afraid when I see white vans parked by the [Read More…]

David Gushee gets it right on Wheaton College

Quotable: “Conservative evangelical institutions such as Wheaton are governed and supported, overwhelmingly, by people who are not just theologically conservative but also politically conservative. I would wager that the boards, top administrators, and biggest donors of most self-identified evangelical schools would vote Republican at around 95 percent. Recall that in every recent presidential election, 75 [Read More…]


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