Further Adventures of a New Kind of Christian
After many years as a successful pastor, Brian McLaren has found, as more and more Christians are finding, that none of the current strains of Christianity fully describes his own faith. In "The Story We Find Ourselves In" - the much anticipated sequel to his award-winning book A New Kind Of Christian, McLaren captures a new spirit of a relevant Christianity, where traditional divisions and doctrinal differences give way to a focus on God and the story of God's love for this world. If you are searching for a deeper life with God-one that moves beyond the rhetoric of denominational and theological categories-this delightful and inspiring fictional tale will provide a picture of what it could mean to recapture a joyful spiritual life.
Brian McLaren's witty and wise characters take on difficult, faith-busting themes, from evolution and evangelism to death, and the meaning of life- and reveal that the answers to life's pressing spiritual questions often come from the most unlikely sources. Dan and Neo (and some new characters as well) invite reflection on the story we find ourselves in- that is, the narrative of God's presence and meaning in the world now and in the future. In doing so they encourage each of us to live as a new kind of Christian. "The Story We Find Ourselves In" ultimately provides inspiration for revitalizing Christian spiritual life and offers Christians everywhere a new story of their faith's relevance in today's world.
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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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