there are no easy answers to the questions of our time. a lot of matters in life and faith are not black and white. sometimes, there is no right; sometimes, there is no wrong.
i just started reading the new book from Brian McLaren – A New Kind of Christianity: Ten Questions that are Transforming the Faith. in it, McLaren is exploring some good news and some bad news for Christians and the Christian faith. the bad news: “the Christian faith in all its forms is in trouble.” the good news: “the Christian faith in all its forms is pregnant with new possibilities.”
this is exciting. this is encouraging. this is edifying.
we are living through a tipping point. the Church, in all her outfits, needs a makeover and will never be the same again, for better or worse. we are living during an emergence of something new, something fresh; something is growing.
McLaren asks ten questions throughout the book. these ten questions lead us to a “who/what/where/why/when” of the Church and the Christian faith.
a Church is not a building. a Church is not bricks and mortar, glass and steel, paint and carpet. a Church is a community of believers; a group of people on spiritual journeys. the Church is a living, breathing, growing, maturing organism. the Church is the Body of Christ.
Jesus brought something new to the table when it came to the faith of his day.
Martin Luther brought something new to the table when it came to the faith of his day.
i believe McLaren (along with other folks in this school of thought) is bringing something new to the table when it comes to the faith of our day.
in some small way, i want to pull up a chair and join the conversation.