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Brian D. McLaren is a prominent, controversial evangelical pastor. He was recognized as one of Time magazine's "25 Most Influential Evangelicals in America" in 2005, and is the founding pastor of Cedar Ridge Community Church in Spencerville, Maryland. Born in 1956, Brian McLaren graduated from the visa mer University of Maryland, College Park, with BA and MA degrees in English. After several years of teaching English and consulting in higher education, he left academia in 1986 to become the founding pastor of Cedar Ridge Community Church, a nondenominational church in the Baltimore-Washington region. Many of the books that McLaren has authored, including the "A New Kind of Christian" trilogy, deal with Christianity in the context of the cultural shift towards a new emerging church movement. (Bowker Author Biography) visa färre
Foto taget av: Brian McLaren (foreground) and Tony Jones, Yale Theological Conversation, Yale Divinity School, February 2006; Photograph: Virgil Vaduva CC BY 2.5,


Verk av Brian D. McLaren

The Church on the Other Side (2000) 479 exemplar
The Justice Project (2009) 89 exemplar
Reinventing Your Church (1998) 67 exemplar
Cory and the Seventh Story (2018) 20 exemplar
The Girl with the Dove Tattoo (2012) 10 exemplar

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It seemed ok at the time. I don’t know. Brian is honestly trying to be good-hearted, and he has a big brain; you’d think that would be enough. I don’t know; maybe he’s even better than the average person. (Not quite a compliment in my world.) Yeah. Even at the time: see, I identified myself most with the Essenes at the time, out of the various pre-Christian monotheist Middle East Bible factions he describes—I was in the middle of my ‘withdrawal from sexuality into intellect’ phase—but Brian kinda elbows them sideways and gives them the stink eye, like a mean girl, because it’s like, You could never connive the masses into plunging into that much devotion etc anyway: so how is that the revolution? ~Its funny: Brian is not trying to be a heretic-hunter, but I can’t help but recall, now, the orthodox faction’s attitude towards the Gnostics: yeah yeah, you want to be more ascetic than the bread and circles crowd: tell it to the Judge. We can’t force Everyone to be that ascetic, so how can we not persecute you? It’s like, well I don’t understand how being a Gnostic is different from being a monk or a nun, right, or if you like, Bible Boy at Bible Belt University, you know, (“we don’t even watch regular movies!”)—it just seems to be a matter of control, you know. Control or crush; control or crush. And if there’s one thing that leftist Christians love, it’s power. They do love economics nerding too; but they also want the cold steel power to make it happen—do do, do the revolution! (x2). You know? They’ve gotta accumulate more prestige, and relevance for their God-Name, more do-good-power points, than I suppose any one name would ever get without tyranny and revolution and coercion; law and economics and stereotypical religion, basically.

But why I’d agree to be suppressed—without even a hand or a say in it, really; that’s not how religion and Bible revolutions go—I don’t know. And this is what usually happens, I suppose, when you take someone ~~honestly trying to be good-hearted~~ who has a ~~big brain~~ who decides to ‘follow Jesus’, you know. Sing the cheesy, deep-fried hymn: and smash the idols of the world of cash, you know…. To be honest, I don’t really know who this ‘Jesus’ character is, and frankly I doubt these other people do, although at the same time they seem almost marked and claimed by him, in various but somehow similar ways, you know. But I have a question for this mask-of-the-One character, you know— Does he deal with different personality types: or pretty much just the different factions of the one feuding-men-of-justice personality type?

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goosecap | 11 andra recensioner | Jan 22, 2024 |
“Stand at the crossroads and look; ask for the ancient paths, ask where the good way is, and walk in it, and you will find rest for your souls.” Jeremiah 6:16

The author believes that many people who leave "the church" do not leave because they no longer want to follow Jesus. Rather, they leave so they can follow Jesus. This book does not advocate giving up church; in fact, community is promoted. However, many times we start to depend on church for our spiritual life and as more church-goers do this, the church becomes stagnant and relies more on being locked into tradition than on finding ways to open up to God's will. As the author states, “God can’t be contained by the structures that claim to serve him but often try to manage and control him.” This book tells us how we can turn ourselves and our churches back to serving God.

There are several questions at the end of each chapter and a Study Guide at the end of the book. Because I didn’t want to distract myself, I didn’t take the time to sit down and answer the questions. I will do so in the near future. I did read all the questions and one stood out for me. Part of the question reads: “Imagine that all church services were shut down and church buildings closed, all denominations disbanded. Imagine that the only way Christian faith could survive was through people living it and passing it on to others through friendship and daily informal interaction.” Living our faith, what a concept.

I enjoyed the author's friendly writing style. I firmly believe God wants us to enjoy life and it's clear that Mr. McLaren shares that belief. He includes personal stories and humor and is not afraid to make fun of himself. (Such as the fly-fishing lesson gone awry in which he described himself as a criminal caught in Spiderman’s net.) This turns what could have been a dry, hard-to-read book into an enjoyable, informative and thought-provoking book.

This book is written, not just for Christians, but also for Jews and Muslims.

The seven ancient practices are fixed-hour prayer, fasting, observing the Sabbath, the sacred meal, pilgrimage, observance of sacred seasons (the liturgal calendar), and giving.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
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amandabeaty | 11 andra recensioner | Jan 4, 2024 |
After several other McLaren titles, I thought I'd enjoy this one. Maybe it's about timing, but the writing didn't engage me. His topic holds great potential, but the tone of the writer (see what I know/how I'm thinking) proved distracting to me.
rebwaring | 11 andra recensioner | Aug 14, 2023 |
This thought provoking look at the emergent church made for lively discussion in book group. The content suffers a bit with the author's attempt to embrace edgy, eclectic forms of writing, but it's still good stuff.
rebwaring | 17 andra recensioner | Aug 14, 2023 |


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