Several of my friends have produced gifts that you would be happy to give … and others would be happy to receive … Most are downloadable:
For young adults, especially horse-lovers, check this out:
For a beautiful devotional by Steve Bell, and for amazing music, plus an excellent video about Steve's life and music, check this out.
If you have yoga practitioners in your life, check out this DVD project I was involved in with Suzanne Jackson.
If you have people on your list who would rather listen than read, you'll find lots of resources here.
"Marriage is important enough and strong enough to include gay couples as well as straight couples." - More here:
from Cornerstone UMC, Naples, FL
So many good memories …
Here's the Q:
Hello Brian,I will make this quick to honor your time and hopefully incite a response :-) Do you have any suggested reading for how the Persians influenced Judaism, specifically related to the after life and resurrection? Thanks!
Here's the Q:
I appreciate the work that you and others in the emergent movement are doing. You're helping to fill a hole that has been present in the church for a long time. I often wonder if my faith would still stand if not for you and others who are willing to struggle with the hard questions, showing me that it's OK to have them.
My problem is that I live in the Bible belt, and I'm finding that as I become more open in my theology, I feel more alienated from my faith community. I have a wonderful small group that for the most part shows love, but anytime I hint at questioning some traditional Scriptural interpretations, multiple people seem to jump in to play defense. I've experienced this with some of my pastors as well -- they want to provide easy answers rather than being present with me in my struggle. I feel alone and need someone to come alongside me as I wrestle with my questions. I am usually one to encourage others to find a community where they fit in, but I'm at a loss to know where to find this for myself this time. I am also a professional in the area, and I'm afraid to advertise some of my more "liberal" theology, knowing that it would be likely to hurt my business. Any thoughts on how to find people to partner with me in my journey?
In movement theory, groups that gather to ask, struggle, and think freely are called "critical communities." They are critical in both sense of the word!
When such circles don't exist, I think people like you can form them. It really just takes two or three … a convener and a friend or two. I would hope my books and others like them could provide a good framework for needed conversation. I offer some "guidelines for learning circles" in my new book which are available for free download here.
I hope you will create for others what you need for yourself … In doing so, I think you'll discover it's even more blessed to give than receive!
Here's the Q:
Hello, I live in Arroyo Grande, California, and was wondering if you could tell me California events Brian McLaren is participating in. I looked online, but his schedule was blank for 2015. Thank you for your help.
You can rent or buy it from iTunes.
I'm honored to be a volunteer with and ally of the group (CIW) profiled in this documentary. Highly, highly recommended.
from some white folks.
One white girlfriend calls in tears, partly hopeful because there are people demonstrating in the streets all over the country, and partly distraught because of “what has happened to our country.” She has made a sign for her window that says simply, ERIC.
Another white friend who teaches at an elite private school struggles “to justify teaching the structure of a sonnet when there seems to be no structure in the world —or when it seems that the structures that do exist appall and offend you.” I wish more people had his soft heart, where “simply falling asleep in secure comfort feels viciously calloused, knowing there are people dying wrongfully at the hands of others while the world looks on and declares No harm, No foul.”
Tony B. Quotable:
The U.S. runs on violence. Best guesses of how many guns there are in private ownership is one for every man, woman and child. Roughly 350 million. The US has been continually at war from year one of the 21st century, on top of the ongoing trauma from the 20th century’s two world wars, plus Korea and Vietnam, and prior to that the prolonged war against the Native American peoples across the continent. There are well over 200 U.S. military bases in foreign countries across the world, to say nothing of those on home soil. There are fabulously wealthy people in this country who do not feel they have any responsibility to the poor and marginal, unless perhaps it comes as largesse not justice. (See estimate of the Economist, that 160, 000 families, 0.1 % of the nation, own 22% of the wealth, an average of $73 million each, almost equal to the bottom 90% entire, the disparity between rich and poor a little shy of the all-time gulf immediately before the 1929 crash.) The central narrative of our time is controlled by a media which cannot step back an instant from the constant back-answering of argument and hostility between polarized commentators. The despairing assertion that the truth somehow lies in the middle is itself an illusion: the resolution of the antagonisms displayed between so-called right and left is so off the charts of the existential reality of either side, on whatever issue, as to be another kind of world altogether. It is the antagonism itself which motivates our news cycle of information and meaning, and it is this condition which is now the specific character of the 21st century. If “the war to end all wars” kicked off the 20th, permanent war grips the 21st.
A pastor who was badly overworked went to the local medical center and was able to have a clone made.
The clone was like the pastor in every respect-- except the clone used extraordinarily foul language.
The cloned pastor was exceptionally gifted in so many other areas of pastoral work, but finally the complaints about the dirty language were too much.
The pastor was not too sure how to get rid of the clone so that it didn’t look like murder. The best thing, it seemed, was to make the clone’s death look like an accident. So the pastor lured the clone onto a bridge in the middle of the night and pushed the clone off the bridge.
Unfortunately there was a police officer who happened by at that very moment and arrested the pastor for (after the jump) ...
I was invited by my friend Michael Dowd to be one of several dozen presenters/participants in an important online Symposium entitled, “The Future Is Calling Us to Greatness”. The 55 Skype interviews that make up this series can be freely viewed or listened to for two weeks, beginning January 26, or you can purchase the entire set of 55 audios, videos, and transcripts for $25. (Scholarships are available for those anywhere in the world for whom this is a hardship.) Sign up here to receive the full schedule, or for more information. I think you'll find these presentations stimulating - the differences interesting, and the common themes deeply inspiring. I'm looking forward to taking these in myself ...