McLaren: “Christian Mission Begins With Friendship”

McLaren: “Christian Mission Begins With Friendship” July 7, 2012

From Brian McLaren’s forthcoming book Why Did Jesus, Moses, the Buddha and Mohammed Cross the Road? (bowing September 11, 2012, from Jericho Books):

McLaren-Jesus-Moses-Buddha-Mohammed“‎Christian mission begins with friendship — not utilitarian friendship, the religious version of network marketing — but genuine friendship, friendship that translates love for neighbors in general into knowing, appreciating, liking and enjoying … This knowing-in-particular then motivates us to protect our neighbor when he or she is under threat, as a little Rwandan girl understood: just before she was brutally murdered during the genocide, she said to her slayer, ‘If you knew me, you would not kill me.'”

Wow, powerful.

By the way, I love Brian’s semi-humorous answer to the question in the book title: “To get to the Other.”

What do you think? Are you as excited as I am about Brian’s new book on Christian identity in a pluralistic world? (Answer: Probably not.)


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