About Brian McLaren

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

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: [Read More...]

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 [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 [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 [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 [Read More...]

Q&R: Repenting of Our Will to Power?

Here’s the Question: Many of us realise that we have tried to control God through our right theology and moral efforts but it has essentially been about self-determination. When we find ourselves embraced by the God who chooses to love us (and has a place for us in the new-creation plan), how can we articulate [Read More...]

What I Said at the White House

I was invited to be part of a forum on global human rights for LGBT persons on Tuesday. Short talks were presented by Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett and Ambassador Susan Rice. Later we were invited to the Vice President’s home, where he shared some additional comments. It was clear that the White House has a strong commitment to human [Read More...]

On Israel, Palestine, and Presbyterian Divestment

Tikkun magazine recently offered these two letters – both by Jewish people concerned about the occupation of Palestine. Quotable: First, we should note that under international and American law, Israel’s occupation of the West Bank is illegal. Any business involved in the occupation is therefore illegal too. That alone should be enough to keep American [Read More...]

We Can Refuse To Be Enemies

We can refuse to be silent. We can refuse double standards. We can refuse to be enemies. From my piece on TIME.com: Many of us have avoided facing the unsettling understanding that religious identity can be turned to violent ends in any religion: Muslim, Christian, Jewish, Hindu, Buddhist, atheist. To understand religious violence will require us [Read More...]

We Make the Road By Walking (Video)

We Make the Road by Walking: Song from brian mclaren onVimeo. This song explores themes that I also explore in my upcoming book (June 2014) of the same name. Please help spread the word. The book releases June 10. Thanks for your support! More information here. [Read more...]


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