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...]

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...]

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...]

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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