A Generous Hearing for A Generous Orthodoxy
Ever listened to Brain Mclaren and tried to figure out where he’s coming from?
Here’s a talk he gave where he tries to explain why he would call for a Generous Orthodoxy.
I found it from the Off the Map Podcast.
“People are doing the best they can. … The people who hate my books and all, they’re doing the best they can.” – Brain Mclaren
“Jesus didn’t write books, but Jesus lived a life and made friends.” – Brain Mclaren
“Our polarization is paralyzing and … destructive. … Even in the Roman Catholic Church, the conservative Catholics and the progressive Catholics hardly talk to each other.” – Brian Mclaren
“We compromised on the primacy of love.” – Brian Mclaren
iSaid at Southern
I’ve spent a lot of time interacting with a couple posts at the Said at Southern blog lately. The Said at Southern blog is good at raising relevant questions and facilitating discussion.
Tony Jones Defends the Emergent Church
Someone recently used the argument against Tony Jones that the emergent church is more about “conversation” than about “action.” See Tony’s full response here.
A Post About Poop
Sharon Hodde got her Masters of Divinity from Duke University, and is now a college minister to students at Duke. She has a really cool blog called She Worships. Sharon has a gift for writing. No joke. Her last post “Everybody’s Poop Looks the Same,” convinced me that only she could write a post about poop, and make it totally theological. I’m not kidding. Her last post was about poop, yet it was an amazing mediation. I encourage you to read it.
Welcome to Our World
Emotional Scars and the Power of Forgiveness
A close friend of mine, Johnny Fontaine, otherwise known as Johnny Vontwizzle (since he met me anyway), has captured very poignantly in a post on his blog his pain growing up with a less than perfect father who was neglecting, abusive, and played favorites. What makes the post beautiful is that he also captures his heart’s resolve to discover the power of forgiveness long after his father has passed away, and after many years of anger and bitterness.
Justin Taylor … My Hero
Thanks to Trevin Wax, I had the chance to read a thread on Tony Jones’ blog that included some very important discussion about abortion. This is a classic example, in my opinion, about how the truth can come out in the comments more clearly than in the post, because the comment section gives people a chance to cross-examine ideas.