Why Pastors and Priests Are Leaving the Church (Part 1)

A lot of people have been talking and writing about the departure of Millennials from the ranks of the churched. I think people would be surprised to know how many pastors and priests have either left already or are thinking about leaving. I meet them in my travels constantly. Take Clarke, for example. Here’s what [Read More…]

The Conservative Evangelical Project: An Unexpected Grief

I just took my first sabbatical. Turning 60 seemed like a good time to get off the road, quiet down, take stock, recharge. It was all I had hoped for. I rested. Walked. Rode my bike. Fished. Played my guitar. Finished a book. Stayed out of airports. Binge-watched a couple TV series with my wife. [Read More…]

Q & R: Why Celebrate a Swing of the Pendulum?

Here’s the question: A friend quoted you recently as saying a) that you see a shift in society from a view of God that’s violent and judgmental to one of grace and acceptance, and b) that this shift is a good thing. Why should we celebrate another swing of the pendulum? Did Jesus call us [Read More…]

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…]

Announcing: “The Great Spiritual Migration”

From the publisher: The Christian story, from Genesis until now, is fundamentally about people on the move—outgrowing old, broken religious systems and embracing new, more redemptive ways of life. It’s time to move again. Brian McLaren, a leading voice in contemporary spirituality and religion, argues that— notwithstanding the dire headlines about the demise of faith [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…]

Join “The Great Spiritual Migration” Book Tour!

“The Great Spiritual Migration” Book Tour with Brian McLaren September 20 – 30 November 1 – 7 If you live in or near one of the cities below and would like to explore hosting a stop on Brian McLaren’s “Great Spiritual Migration” tour from September 20-30 and November 1-7, please contact us ASAP here. New [Read More…]