GCR 3.2 Brian McLaren and Phil Shepherd: Navigating Shifts in the Church

What do we do with dying churches? Is the emerging church male-dominated? Why? Which is more likely to reform, denominations or evangelicalism? Does Brian McLaren still claim the title “evangelical”?

And perhaps the most burning gender/power question: Should Landon Whitsitt be taken seriously if he calls himself “eye candy”?

These are some questions we asked Brian McLaren (okay… so we didn’t ask him about Landon…). Brian is an author, speaker, and activist. Most recently, he wrote the book A New Kind of Christianity: Ten Questions that Are Transforming the Faith. Join us!

On this episode:
The Eucatastrophe
Whiskey Preacher
Music by John Austin
A New Kind of Christianity
Montreat Conference Center
Emerging Church Wikipedia Site
Reframing Hope

And if you want to hear more from Brian McLaren, check out the Presbyterian Outlook’s  Upcoming Webinar.

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Season 1, Episode 1 – Brian McLaren

Join Bruce Reyes-Chow and Carol Howard Merritt as they welcome writer, speaker, and Emergent Church thinker, Brian McLaren (A New Kind of Christianity: Ten Questions That Are Transforming the Faith)
for a discussion of following God’s call even amongst criticism.  Also, Carol and Bruce speak with Fritz Gutwein of The Quixote Center about the earthquake in Haiti and how you can continue to support the rebuilding of the island nation.

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In this episode:

0:00: Bruce speaks with pastor Abby King-Kaiser about how her art intersect with her ministry
4:56: Bruce introduces the theme of the episode and Brian McLaren
6:31: Brian McLaren shares how he began writing – “a sense of pain and unpreparedness”; church members asking questions about postmodernism and deconstructionism
8:32: McLaren shares the various reactions to several of his books
10:00: McLaren: “I thought Generous Orthodoxy was a safe book that no one will disagree with”
11:28: “Almost anything can be forgiven except the failure to maintain the same list of enemies”
12:00: McLaren shares how he deals with his critics; forgoing the right to fair treatment
19:00: Bruce and Carol reflect on Part 1 of McLaren interview
25:30: McLaren’s thoughts on pastors dealing with difficulty in their present position
30:00: McLaren emphasizes spiritual practice as a prerequisite to following God’s call; silence and solitude
34:42: McLaren reflects on “the Death of the Emergent Church”
43:00: Bruce and Carol reflect on Part 2 of McLaren interview
52:45: Bruce and Carol speak with Fritz Gutwein about the earthquake in Haiti
1:10:08: Promo for next week’s episode: Carol interviews Bishop John Shelby Spong about his book Eternal Life: A New Vision: Beyond Religion, Beyond Theism, Beyond Heaven and Hell

Items mentioned in this episode:

The Underlying Tragedy” by David Brooks, The New York Times, 01/14/10
From Haiti’s ruins, a chance to rebuild a nation” by Alec MacGillis, The Washington Post, 01/17/10
Jubilee USA

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Episode 1 Behind The Scenes