About Brian McLaren

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

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...]

A Sabbatical…

About ten years ago, I completed 24 years in the pastorate to begin a new chapter in my life and ministry, working as an author, speaker, and activist. For these ten years, I’ve been on the road 80-100 days a year. That means I’ve had the great privilege of meeting and speaking to thousands of [Read More...]

Gradye Parsons to Donald Trump

A wise letter worth reading, for Donald and all of us, from the elected spokesperson of the Presbyterian Church, USA here. Quotable: Presbyterians profess a faith in Christ, whose parents were forced to flee with him to Egypt when he was an infant to save him from King Herod. Knowing our Lord was once a refugee, faithful [Read More...]

The Pope in America: Three Steps Forward!

Editors’ Note: This article is part of the Patheos Public Square on the Pope in America: Implications, Collaborations, Challenges. Read other perspectives here. As a nonCatholic who was born in the Vatican II era, I feel like I’ve lived most of my life in the “two-steps back” phase of Catholicism. The pattern is common in [Read More...]

Coming Together in Faith On Climate: A Multi-Faith Response to the Pope’s Historic Visit to Congress

Friends – I’m thrilled to be part of a team organizing a multi-faith response to the Pope’s historic visit to the US Congress, September 24. There will be a Press Event on Monday, September 21. (Details TBA) There will be a multi-faith gathering at the National Cathedral, Thursday evening, September 24, at 7:30 pm EDT [Read More...]

A Sermon from a 9 Year Old

During my recent trip to New Zealand, a mom shared a fascinating story with me about her daughter, in response to a talk I gave about my most recent book, We Make the Road by Walking. She followed up with this note: Below is the sermon I mentioned that my daughter did when we did a [Read More...]

Q&R: Church Futures?

Here’s the Question: From your perspective professionally and your position (of great privilege!) as a grandparent, will the followers of Jesus meet in a place called “church” when your grandchildren are grown? I’m sitting with how much time and effort is focused on (to) “keep” in the church….families, young people…and I really think it’s from [Read More...]

The Uprising Begins: An Easter Sunday Reflection

This is an excerpt from We Make the Road by Walking, Chapter 33: The Uprising Begins (Easter Sunday) Ezekiel 37:1–14 Luke 24:1–32 Colossians 1:9–29 Let’s imagine ourselves with the disciples on the first Easter Sunday. Here’s what we heard. At dawn, before the sun has risen, some women who are part of our movement went [Read More...]

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 [Read More...]


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