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...]

A Letter to Publix Owners and Management

Dear Publix Leadership, I should begin by saying that I am in almost all ways a big fan of your company. I often shop in a nearby Publix and shopping there truly is a pleasure. It is clean. The staff are friendly and helpful. The products are good and the prices reasonable. I’m especially impressed [Read More...]

Q&R: You, Rob Bell, Donald Miller, and Christianity Today

Here’s the Question: Kevin Miller wrote a piece in CT about you, Rob Bell, and Don Miller. It follows other negative articles about you, and them, in CT. Do you think the portrayal was fair, and if not, why not?” Here’s my Response: I read the article a couple times and the first thing that struck [Read More...]

Children and Youth Ministry People…

I’m really looking forward to being part of Faith Forward’s 2014 gathering in Nashville, May 19-22 (more info at faith-forward.net). I get to join an inspiring line-up of speakers and contributors who are working together to inspire and resource innovation in ministry with children and youth–including Phyllis Tickle, Andrew Root, Ivy Beckwith, Dave Csinos, Romal [Read More...]

Q&R: Which Denomination?

Here’s the Question: First off thank you for all your great work. You have deeply impacted me in many ways. I seem to think along very similar lines as far as I can tell from reading your posts, books, articles etc. I would like to pastor a church in the future, but I am in [Read More...]


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