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...]

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...]

Q&R: Multiple Religious Identities?

Here’s the Question: Hope you’re doing well! I caught your Q&A this morning on Facebook, about why you continue to identify as a Christian. In it, you make reference to the fact that Christianity is your heritage. This is an issue I’ve been wrestling with lately, and was hoping if you found a couple extra [Read More...]

Q&R: Calling Myself a Christian

Here’s the Question: Just a short question: I have a Christian background, but the way I understand the message of Jesus and the Hebrew Bible makes me to avoid calling myself a Christian, mainly for similar reasons as described in your book A New Kind of Christianity. Instead of saying good-bye to the whole Bible, [Read More...]

Q & R: Just Some Vague Hope in the Distant Mysterious Future?

Here’s the Question: i have read several of your books, the most recent one being ‘a new kind of christianity.’ i love your take on how to view the future, but what do you really think about Jesus’ returning again? will it happen? or is just some vague hope in the distant mysterious future? i [Read More...]

“How Was Worship Yesterday?”

That Monday-morning question kind of makes me cringe. It might be innocent enough, but it also might express how we see church gatherings these days – a consumer product that we evaluate as we do any other product: “How was the game?” or “How was the movie?” or “How was your vacation to Disney World?” [Read More...]

Praying for Peace on Saturday

I’ll be joining many others in praying for the situation in Syria on Saturday because I think it’s time we realize that Dr. King was right: we can’t cure violence with violence. Mirroring violent behavior sets vicious cycles of offense and revenge in motion. We need a more creative response – not passivity, not inaction, [Read More...]

Q&R: How Do you Find a Community of Open-Minded Christians?

Here’s the Question: Just finished your book. It REALLY spoke to me. It’s where I’m headed in my life’s journey. That said I fear that I may be quite alone the closer I get to this transformation. The church i attend is nowhere close to such a paradigm shift (and they are far from mainstream). Living out [Read More...]


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