About Brian McLaren

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

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…]

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…]


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