Brian McLaren interview – Changing faith, staying faithful

Brian McLaren - 06 05 Geneva
With Brian McLaren, years ago, in Geneva

Stephen Tomkins, from Reform Magazine in the UK has just published a very interesting interview with Brian McLaren. My readers know that I like Brian a lot, even if I do not always agree with him, and I am sure he does not mind that.

Here is the interview, which is worth reading, I would suggest. I know some of those who read this blog do not like McLaren. It is their right, and I am ready to respect it. I hope they do the same with me.

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Can you tell me about the faith that you were brought up in?
I was born in a Plymouth Brethren family, so that would probably be considered fundamentalist. Very passionate; a very deep love for the Bible. My father grew up in Africa – his father was a missionary – so very committed.

Looking back does that feel restricted or oppressive to you now?
I’m very grateful for it, for a lot that I got from it, but if my only choice had been to stay or leave, I would have had to leave. When I was 13 my Sunday school teacher said: “You can either believe in God or evolution”, and I remember thinking: “Evolution makes a lot of sense to me.” When I started playing rock ’n’ roll, it wasn’t a great fit – our church didn’t even have musical instruments. There were very tight restrictions on what women could do. There were a lot of things I would never have stayed with. Continue reading “Brian McLaren interview – Changing faith, staying faithful”

Forgiveness: A Brief on its Assumptions | Jesus Creed

Forgiveness: A Brief on its Assumptions | Jesus Creed.

Scot McKnight has just published on his blog a short post (see the link above) that brings to our attention an elaborated article published by Wilfred M. McClay in First Things on ‘The Moral Economy of Guilt‘.

In spite of the uninspiring style of the author, the article is worth reading and it has stirred up already some interesting discussions on the site of the journal and on McKnight’s blog.

Here is also the comment that I have left there: Continue reading “Forgiveness: A Brief on its Assumptions | Jesus Creed”

Deep Church

William W. Klein, Ph.D., Professor of New Testament at Denver Seminary publishes on the website of the seminary a review of a book worth reading, Jim Belcher, Deep Church. A Third Way Beyond Emerging and Traditional, Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2009.

Here is an able summary of Belcher’s emergent critique of traditional church in his attempt to propose a ‘third way’ between these two: Continue reading “Deep Church”