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...]

Good Friday Meditation

This is from my book Everything Must Change: The cross is an even more dramatic narrative reversal. . . . Rome uses crosses to expose and pronounce a death sentence on rebels; Jesus uses the cross to expose Roman violence and religious complicity with it, while pronouncing a sentence of forgiveness on his crucifiers. His cross [Read More...]

Contraception, Hobby Lobby, and Abortion

Baptist Christian ethicist David Gushee recently wrote a helpful summary and analysis of the Hobby Lobby case that is before the Supreme Court, with a decision anticipated in June. He summarized his conclusion: This case is the perfect storm: it brings into one case passions many Americans feel about President Obama, health care reform, sexuality, government, women, [Read More...]

Q&R: Emerging? Progressive?

Here’s the Question: Brian, it seems to me that Emerging Christianity and Progressive Christianity are similar in many ways. What are the unique distinctions and is there any thought of a convergence, in spite of what differences there may be? Here’s my Response: As with many questions, the best answer to this one is “it [Read More...]


CLOSE | X

HIDE | X