Why I am a missional, evangelical, post/protestant, liberal/conservative, mystical/poetic, biblical, charismatic/contemplative, fundamentalist/calvinist, anabaptist, anglican, methodist, catholic, green, incarnational, depressed-yet-hopeful, emergent, unfinished Christian!
A confession and manifesto from a senior leader in the emerging church movement, this book calls for a radical, Christ-centered orthodoxy of faith and practice in a missional, generous spirit. Brian McLaren argues for a post-liberal, post-conservative, post-Protestant convergence, which should stimulate lively and global conversation among thoughtful Christians from all traditions.
In a sweeping exploration of belief, author Brian McLaren takes us across the landscape of faith, envisioning an orthodoxy that aims for Jesus, is driven by love, and is defined by missional intent. A Generous Orthodoxy rediscovers the mysterious and compelling ways that Jesus can be embraced across the entire Christian horizon. Rather than establishing what is and is not "orthodox," McLaren walks through the many traditions of faith, bringing to the center a way of life that draws us closer to Christ and to each other. (Publisher)
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Like the New Kind of Christian trilogy, this book pretty much brings out McLarenâ€™s views except in more of a straight forward teaching format, rather than the fiction format of the Trilogy. Like the trilogy however, we still have a hard time figuring out where McLaren stands on certain issues, as is made clear in his introduction where he calls himself a "missional, evangelical, post-Protestant, liberal/conservative, mystical/poetic, biblical, charismatic, contemplative, fundamentalist/Calvinist, Anabaptist, Methodist, Catholic, green, incarnational, depressed-yet-hopeful, emergent, unfinished Christian." So, you can see why I am a bit confused. But, as with his other books, he always brings me back for more, and despite feeling like throwing it in the garbage every couple of pages, I look forward to his next book; I want to try and really get the spirit of what he is saying.
Thereâ€™s a chapter for each of the above streams of Christianity. Being involved in an interdenominational mission (i.e., YWAM), it was a bit refreshing for me to be able to receive the deposit that God has placed in all of the different denominations without focusing in on the negatives. Perhaps the weakness in his writings is that the only thing he seems to be negative about are those of us who are hardcore Bible believing, Gospel preaching, mission minded, evangelical Christians. But I suppose humility would dictate that we listen to what he has to say, eat the fish, spit out the bones--which is truly generous orthodoxy!
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