With Love, From Brian McLaren

I love Brian McLaren (above you will find a recent video of him leaving a note to pastors). Over the past few years Brian has been such a champion of The Marin Foundation’s work. He continually puts the Foundation’s work, and my book, in front of as many people as he possibly can (media and otherwise) - just one example being the most recent post on his blog

Brian has been one of the few people in this world to know what it’s like to be absolutely disdained by masses of folks, most of whom are actually Christian. And through it all he continues to conduct himself, publicly and privately, with more soft-spoken and sincere grace than I could ever imagine for a person in his position. I am humbled to know Brian. I am humbled that he cares enough about my well being to just check in and see how I’m doing. I am humbled that I know someone in the public eye who is legitimately genuine, and every bit of the man in Christ he strives to be. I am humbled to call him a friend. Thank you Brian.

In case you’re not sure who Brian McLaren is, he could keep you busy reading his challenging words for months on end.

Much love.


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About Andrew Marin

Andrew Marin is President and Founder of The Marin Foundation (www.themarinfoundation.org). He is author of the award winning book Love Is an Orientation (2009), its interactive DVD curriculum (2011), and recently an academic ebook titled Our Last Option: How a New Approach to Civility can Save the Public Square (2013). Andrew is a regular contributor to a variety of media outlets and frequently lectures at universities around the world. Since 2010 Andrew has been asked by the United Nations to advise their various agencies on issues of bridging opposing worldviews, civic engagement, and theological aspects of reconciliation. For twelve years he lived in the LGBT Boystown neighborhood of Chicago, and is currently based St. Andrews, Scotland, where he is teaching and researching at the University of St. Andrews earning his PhD in Constructive Theology with a focus on the Theology of Culture. Andrew's research centers on the cultural, political, and religious dynamics of reconciliation. Andrew is married to Brenda, and you can find him elsewhere on Twitter (@Andrew_Marin), Facebook (AndrewMarin01), and Instagram (@andrewmarin1).

  • Steve Hayner

    I'm know that you are right about the disdain that many have for Brian, but there are lots and lots of us out here who, like you, have great admiration for Brian, too. He is a wise, humble, obedient and prophetic soul. If God calls you to make a difference, you will likely end up being abused in some way or the other. That's why I find myself called regularly to pray for you, for Brian, and for a number of others who are listening, loving and walking the way of Jesus regardless of the cost.

  • Mrs T

    Good video!

    That's the danger of too much success – we tend to 'rest on our laurels' & forget that there is always a spiritual warfare out there.

    We can praise the Lord for success, but we have to keep going in doing His work.

    We also have to keep praying. We don't always see the result of our prayer right away, but we must keep at it.

    To be honest, I don't think I heard of Brian before your book, but he sure seems normal to me & not way out of line. Thanks for sharing another friend with us.

  • Frank B

    Even if you take the position that McLaren is a crazy heretic–and some of the things he says does have to make one wonder–one thing is for sure: he’s got the church right. He (along with men like Shane Claiborne) look at the Jesus of the gospels and the Christians of today and see that the difference is monumental.

    Traveling sage who loved and called others to love vs. People who have Christian radio up so loud they can’t hear the outside world. Something is wrong.

    The one question that comes up a lot after talks like this is, “How?” I gave a talk at a college group like this once, challenging the students to go out and live the gospel. A few students were convicted and came up to me afterward asking, “So what does it look like? How do we do it?” Even though I was very happy at the question, I was not prepared for it.

    The conservative church is trained to question service if it does not contain an explicit presentation of the gospel with an altar call. In some ways I’m glad for that. What we’re missing, however, is that going out and serving people IS the gospel, and by living like Christ among those physically in need I have found that their spiritual needs are often voiced: “Why are you doing this?” and “What church are you from?” are two of the most popular questions we have received.

    My point is that lots of people hear things like Brian’s message and say, “Okay, I like the sound of that, but what’s next?” My answer is that the next step is a step of faith. The popular evangelical idea would be to sit on the information until a concise theology pops out, but that won’t get you very far. The answer is to get together with a group of people equally convicted, come up with a way to love a specific group in “tangible and measurable expressions of unconditional behaviors,” and then go and do it. Pray constantly, love emphatically, keep the Word of God on your tongue, depend on the Spirit, and have faith that God will work in the ministry. You just might find that in the end you grew more than those you ministered to.

  • http://www.xanga.com/djfree Darren

    haha! i love that you love brian. you do realize, of course, that in the eyes of many evangelicals, this makes you a “heretic by association”, right? i mean, that’s OK for folks like me. I’m gay. I’m a heretic by birth, not association, so it’s fine for me to back brian. but YOU? good on you! ;)

  • http://www.loveisanorientation.com Andrew Marin

    Frank B – Reading your post gives me shivers!!! I love it. That last paragraph is so right on. I continually and diligently pray everyday what you just succinctly put forth. That is my hope for our faith. Thanks for your insight.

  • Derek

    What do you think of “A New Kind of Christianity”?

  • http://www.loveisanorientation.com Andrew Marin

    Derek – I’m about a third of the way through right now, so I’ll hold off my comments until I get through the whole book.