Item description for A New Kind of Christian: A Tale of Two Friends on a Spiritual Journey (Leadership Network Publication #1) by Brian D. McLaren...
Overview A successful pastor has found that neither the conservative evangelical nor the liberal mainline stream of Christianity describes his own developing faith. This work gives voice to this emerging understanding of what it means to be a Christian in confusing times.
Publishers Description A Leadership Network Publication
"A New Kind of Christian"'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.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.52" Width: 5.26" Height: 0.88" Weight: 0.68 lbs.
Release Date Jun 1, 2008
Series Leadership Network Publication
Series Number 1
ISBN 0470248408 ISBN13 9780470248409
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More About Brian D. McLaren
Brian D. McLaren is the founding pastor of Cedar Ridge Community Church in the Washington-Baltimore area. He is the author of four previous books on contemporary Christianity, including The Church on the Other Side: Doing Ministry in the Postmodern Matrix (2000) and A New Kind of Christian: A Tale of Two Friends on a Spiritual Journey (Jossey-Bass, 2001), which won a Christianity Today Award of Merit for Best Christian Living title, 2002.
About Leadership Network The mission of Leadership Network is to accelerate the effectiveness of the church by identifying and connecting strategic leaders and providing them with resources in the form of new ideas, people, and tools. Churches and church leaders served by Leadership Network represent a wide variety of primarily Protestant faith traditions that range from mainline to evangelical to independent. All are characterized by innovation, entrepreneurial leadership, and a desire to be on the leading edge of ministry.
Brian D. McLaren currently resides in the state of Maryland. Brian D. McLaren was born in 1956.
Reviews - What do customers think about New Kind Of Christian?
Shack-like Fiction That Promotes Postmodern View May 10, 2010
The first book of a trilogy written in the style of The Shack, McLaren introduces you to A New Kind of Christian.
Pastor Dan Poole has almost given up on the ministry. He is disillusioned and isn't even sure what he believes anymore. Upon taking his daughter to a homegrown rock concert, Pastor Poole meets Neil Oliver - a High School science teacher.
Dan and Neil begin a relationship that will cover faith, doubt, reason, mission, leadership and spiritual practice.
This relationship isn't without its barbs. Some readers may find themselves identifying with Dan as his foundation of spirituality is reconstructed in the postmodern world.
Have you given up on faith, God and the church?
If you've read The Shack and were impacted by it in a positive way, I believe you will gain much from reading the first book of McLaren's New Kind of Christian Trilogy.
Brain McLaren shares his views on a number of topics via the conversations between two fictional characters. It's amazing how a story can present ideas better than a lecture or even a non-fiction inspirational book.
This book was provided for review by Jossey-Bass Publishing.
Reflects some of the "earlier paradigm" Mar 8, 2010
As a self-proclaimed progressive Christian and a "believer in exile" (John Shelby Spong's words), I was a little disappointed that this story was not more progressive. While this author certainly reflects some progressive Christian thought, he still reflects a key element of the "earlier Christian paradigm" (Marcus Borg's words): that Jesus is the only way to God. I am a Christian - a Jesus follower. The "Christian" claim that Jesus is the only way to God is exactly the kind of thinking that Jesus warned us about.
Confirms my "heresy" that I'm not on that road alone Feb 18, 2010
Tired of conforming to orthodoxy that you're not sure is so accurate? Are you being pulled to something different, deeper, more meaningful yet you still want to be a follower of Jesus? If you are, you're not alone and this book confirms it. I personally don't believe you should read this if you're content in the traditional teachings of mainstream Christianity if you're beholden to orthodoxy. But if you're thinking that you want to expand your thinking,to have that freedom of thought in your faith, to truly search for truth then this book helps to confirm that it's OK. You're not a heretic and you're not leaving God. I must say, I was wondering if I was becoming a "heretic" and some may think that I am with this freedom of thought but I truly believe I'm growing into a deeper, richer relationship with my Savior.
The Heretic Speaks Feb 6, 2010
Brian McLaren is not a Christian, he's a heretic.
In his book, he ridicules true Christians - you know, the ones who read the Bible, believe it is the sufficient, inerrant Word of God, and seek to follow it.
If you hate the one true God and prefer a god of your own making, drop your money on this book. If you prefer truth, why support heresy by giving McLaren your money?
If he marketed this book as sheer fantasy, I would not have given it 1 star.
A necessary reality check in facing postmodernism and Christianity Nov 9, 2008
A New Kind of Christian is Brian McLaren's introductory work into understanding how the postmodern era--as well as the modern, medeival, and Roman eras--have all shaped our perspectives on Christianity. McLaren argues that current evangelical Christianity is one cultural motif--one modern achievment--in conceptualizing the Christian God. Though many aspects of evangelical Christianity are beautiful, true, and good, many aspects are mere "byproducts" of a modernistic worldview and do not necessarily reflect truth and love of Jesus Christ.
McLaren calls Christians to confront the components of Christianity that reflect human culture more than authentic spiritual encounter, and also confront the current postmodern age.