A Tale of Two Friends on a Spiritual Journey. After pastoring for years, McLaren found that neither conservative evangelical nor liberal streams described his own developing faith understanding of what it means to be Christian.
The book's conversation between a pastor and his daughter's high school science teacher reveals that wisdom for life's most pressing spiritual questions can come from the most unlikely sources. This stirring fable captures a new spirit of Christianity--where personal, daily interaction with God is more important than institutional church structures, where faith is more about a way of life than a system of belief, where being authentically good is more important than being doctrinally "right," and where one's direction is more important than one's present location. Brian McLaren's delightful account offers a wise and wondrous approach for revitalizing Christian spiritual life and Christian congregations.
Christianity Today 2002 Bk Award
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All of McLarenâ€™s books (â€œA Generous Orthodoxyâ€, â€œAdventures in Missing the Pointâ€ and â€œThe Church on the other Sideâ€) have had a curious effect on me. While about every three or four pages I feel like throwing the book against the wall, I find that I am drawn back to McLarenâ€™s writings by his provocative, in your face observation of Christian reality prevalent especially in the West.
At the risk of over-generalizing, the â€œNew Kind of Christianâ€ trilogy are three fictional books following a typical American over-40 pastor who is burned out on Christian politics, trite answers to deep questions and the recognition that he is a product of â€œmodernâ€ Christianity ministering in a â€œpost-modernâ€ world. McLaren is an excellent writer who through his fiction draws you in and makes you think. The maddening part of his writing, however, is that you can never tell what the guy really believes! I suppose this is because many post-modern authors like McLaren focus in on questions rather than answers. For example, in the second book it seems that he is â€œpushingâ€ evolution and in the last book he is certainly questioning the concept of an eternal hell.
In general, the new â€œKind of Christianâ€ is more Christ-like and kind, focused-in on the demonstration of Christianity by good works rather than by correct doctrine. While he doesnâ€™t dismiss objective truth and classic evangelical doctrine as unimportant, he certainly says that the new kind of Christian will be less nasty, less mean-spirited and gentler than the (and perhaps this is a caricature) fundamentalist, homophobic, weâ€™re-right/youâ€™re-wrong kind of attitude that comes from the â€œold kind of Christian.â€
McLaren is a guy that I certainly have to say, from the get go, that I donâ€™t agree with everything he says, but I love to read him because heâ€™s got me thinking, and I am slowly becoming a â€œnew kind of Christianâ€ while hopefully hanging onto my old moorings, being anchored of Godâ€™s objective eternal truth.
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