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A Generous Orthodoxy

Brian Mclaren
A Generous Orthodoxy
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A Generous Orthodoxy

Brian Mclaren

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Brian McLaren celebrates the strengths of many traditions in the church (and beyond). He argues for a post-liberal, post-conservative, post-protestant convergence, which will stimulate lively interest and global conversation among thoughtful Christians from all traditions. [Subtitle: Why I am a missional, evangelical, post/protestant, liberal/conservative, mystical/poetic, biblical, charismatic/contemplative, fundamentalist/calvinist, anabaptist/anglican, methodist, catholic, green, incarnational, depressed-yet-hopeful, emergent, unfinished Christian.

A confession and manifesto from a senior leader in the emerging church movement.

A GENEROUS ORTHODOXY calls for a radical, Christ-centred orthodoxy of faith and practice in a missional, generous spirit.

Brian McLaren argues for a post-liberal, post-conservative, post-protestant convergence, which will stimulate lively interest and global conversation among thoughtful Christians from all traditions.

In a sweeping exploration of belief, author Brian McLaren takes us across the landscape of faith, envisioning an orthodoxy that aims for Jesus, is driven by love, and is defined by missional intent.

A GENEROUS ORTHODOXY rediscovers the mysterious and compelling ways that Jesus can be embraced across the entire Christian horizon.

Rather than establishing what is and is not "orthodox," McLaren walks through the many traditions of faith, bringing to the centre a way of life that draws us closer to Christ and to each other.

Whether you find yourself inside, outside, or somewhere on the fringe of Christianity, A GENEROUS ORTHODOXY draws you toward a way of living that looks beyond the "us/them" paradigm to the blessed and ancient paradox of "we." Also available on abridged audio CD, read by the author.
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Brian McLaren celebrates the strengths of many traditions in the church (and beyond). He argues for a post-liberal, post-conservative, post-protestant convergence, which will stimulate lively interest and global conversation among thoughtful Christians from all traditions. [Subtitle: Why I am a missional, evangelical, post/protestant, liberal/conservative, mystical/poetic, biblical, charismatic/contemplative, fundamentalist/calvinist, anabaptist/anglican, methodist, catholic, green, incarnational, depressed-yet-hopeful, emergent, unfinished Christian.

A confession and manifesto from a senior leader in the emerging church movement.

A GENEROUS ORTHODOXY calls for a radical, Christ-centred orthodoxy of faith and practice in a missional, generous spirit.

Brian McLaren argues for a post-liberal, post-conservative, post-protestant convergence, which will stimulate lively interest and global conversation among thoughtful Christians from all traditions.

In a sweeping exploration of belief, author Brian McLaren takes us across the landscape of faith, envisioning an orthodoxy that aims for Jesus, is driven by love, and is defined by missional intent.

A GENEROUS ORTHODOXY rediscovers the mysterious and compelling ways that Jesus can be embraced across the entire Christian horizon.

Rather than establishing what is and is not "orthodox," McLaren walks through the many traditions of faith, bringing to the centre a way of life that draws us closer to Christ and to each other.

Whether you find yourself inside, outside, or somewhere on the fringe of Christianity, A GENEROUS ORTHODOXY draws you toward a way of living that looks beyond the "us/them" paradigm to the blessed and ancient paradox of "we." Also available on abridged audio CD, read by the author.
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Why I am a missional, evangelical, post/protestant, liberal/conservative, mystical/poetic, biblical, charismatic/contemplative, fundamentalist/Calvinist, Anabaptist/Anglican, Methodist, catholic, green, incarnational, depressed- yet hopeful, emergent, unfinished Christian. A confession and manifesto from a senior leader in the emerging church movement. A Generous Orthodoxycalls for a radical, Christ-centered orthodoxy of faith and practice in a missional, generous spirit. Brian McLaren argues for a post-liberal, post-conservative, post-protestant convergence, which will stimulate lively interest and global conversation among thoughtful Christians from all traditions.In a sweeping exploration of belief, author Brian McLaren takes us across the landscape of faith, envisioning an orthodoxy that aims for Jesus, is driven by love, and is defined by missional intent. A Generous Orthodoxy rediscovers the mysterious and compelling ways that Jesus can be embraced across the entire Christian ho
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Meet the Author

Brian Mclaren

Brian D. McLaren (MA, University of Maryland) is founding pastor of Cedar Ridge Community Church, an innovative, nondenominational church in the Baltimore-Washington region. He's also a senior fellow with emergent village(www.emergentvillage.org), a growing generative friendship of missional Christian leaders.

He is the author of three best selling books on Emergent beliefs written in the form of fiction The Last Word and the Word after That; A New Kind of Christian: A Tale of Two Friends on a Spiritual Journey and The Story We Find Ourselves In: Further Adventures of a New Kind of Christian.

Two books on Finding Faith, A Search for what is Real and A Search for What makes Sense

Three books on Emergent evangelism and culture, More Ready than you Realise; The Church on the other side: Doing ministry in the Postmodern matrix, and A Is for Abductive: The Language of the Emerging Church

Three books on Kingdom beliefs, A Generous Orthodoxy, The Secret Message of Jesus, and Everything must change: Jesus, Global Crisis and a Revolution of Hope. and a book on Emergent Spirituality Finding Our Way Again: The Return of the Ancient Practices .

Table Of Contents

  • Contents
  • Foreword By Phyllis Tickle
  • Foreword By John R. Franke
  • Introduction
  • Chapter 0. A Generous Refund
  • Part One: Why I Am A Christian
  • Chapter 1. The Seven Jesuses I Have Known
  • Chapter 2. Jesus And God B
  • Chapter 3. Would Jesus Be A Christian?
  • Chapter 4. Jesus: Savior Of What?
  • Part Two: The Kind Of Christian I Am
  • Chapter 5. Why I Am Missional
  • Chapter 6. Why I Am Evangelical
  • Chapter 7. Why I Am Post/protestant
  • Chapter 8. Why I Am Liberal/conservative
  • Chapter 9. Why I Am Mystical/poetic
  • Chapter 10. Why I Am Biblical
  • Chapter 11. Why I Am Charismatic/contemplative
  • Chapter 12. Why I Am Fundamentalist/calvinist
  • Chapter 13. Why I Am (ana)baptist/anglican
  • Chapter 14. Why I Am Methodist
  • Chapter 15. Why I Am Catholic
  • Chapter 16. Why I Am Green
  • Chapter 17. Why I Am Incarnational
  • Chapter 18. Why I Am Depressed-yet-hopeful
  • Chapter 19. Why I Am Emergent
  • Chapter 20. Why I Am Unfinished
  • Epilogue

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A Generous Orthodoxy A generous orthodoxy : why I am a missional, evangelical, post/Protestant, liberal/conservative, mystical/poetic, biblical, charismatic/contemplative, fundamentalist/Calvinist, Anabaptist/Anglican, Methodist, Catholic, green, incarnational, depressed-yet-hopeful, emergent, unfinished Christian / Brian McLaren. p. cm. Originally published: El Cajon, CA : Emergent YS ; Grand Rapids, MI : Zondervan, c2004. With epilogue. ISBN-10: 0-310-25803-0 (pbk.) ISBN-13: 978-0-310-25803-2 (pbk.) 1. Christianity--Essence, genius, nature. I. Title. BT60.M37 2006 270.8'3--dc22 2005025202 Unless otherwise indicated, all Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible: New International Version (North American Edition). Copyright 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan. Some of the anecdotal illustrations in this book are true to life and are included with the permission of the persons involved. All other illustrations are composites of real situations, and any resemblance to people living or dead is coincidental. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted in any form or by any means---electronic, mechanical, photocopy, recording, or any other---except for brief quotations in printed reviews, without the prior permission of the publisher. Web site addresses listed in this book were current at the time of publication. Please contact Youth Specialties via e-mail (YS@YouthSpecialties.com) to report URLs that are no longer operational and replacement URLs if available. Creative Team: Dave Urbanski, Jay Howver, David Sanford, Kristi Robison, Janie Wilkerson, Laura Gross, Holly Sharp, and Ryan Sharp Cover design by Mark Arnold Cover photography by Blair Anderson Printed in the United States of America I am a Christian because I have a sustained and sustaining confidence in Jesus Christ. I've lost and rediscovered that confidence a few times, which is a long and messy story worth simplifying and boiling down to manageable length in these first chapters. I know my original attraction to Jesus came as a young child. In my home and at Sunday school, I heard stories about Jesus. I remember a children's picture Bible that had a simple but beautiful picture of Jesus, seated, in a blue and white robe, with children of all races gathered around his knees. Some were leaning on him. Some were seated at his feet. Some had their arms around him. His arms were opened in an embrace that took them all in, and his bearded face carried a gentle smile a boy could trust. Looking back, I realize the illustration wasn't historically accurate. It was influenced more by a popular Sunday school song that I also loved ('red and yellow, black and white, they are precious in his sight. Jesus loves the little children of the world') than by ancient Middle Eastern realities. But in a way, the picture was even truer than a historically accurate picture would have been; it probably would have had no red, yellow, black, or white children at all, but only brown Middle Eastern ones. The picture Bible was augmented in my imagination by flannel graph stories about Jesus. Flannel graph was a kind of 1950s high-tech precursor of overhead projectors, laptop video projectors, videos, and DVDs. The teachers were always kind women, sometimes even my own mother. Each would tell stories with an easel behind her. On the easel would be a piece of flannel cloth with a scene drawn on it with markers---a countryside, a storm at sea, a courtyard with marble columns, a home, a roadside with big boulders beside it. As the story unfolded, cut-out figures backed with felt would be stuck on the flannel background (felt and flannel being a gentle precursor of Velcro)---blind Bartimaeus, Zacchaeus, a woman near a well, a nameless leper and his nine friends, a Roman centurion, or a Syrophonecian woman with a sick child. Through these stories, Jesus won my heart. When I reached my teenage years, though, I lost that Jesus as one loses a friend in a crushing, noisy, rushing crowd. The crowd included arguments about evolution (which seemed elegant, patient, logical, and actually quite wonderful to me, more wonderful even than a literal six-day creation blitz), arguments about the Vietnam War (which made no sense to me---even if communism was as bad as everyone said, were people better off bombed and napalmed to death?), arguments about ethical issues like civil rights and desegregation and a hundred other things. I wondered if women were really supposed to be submissive to men and if rock 'n' roll was really of the devil. Were Catholics really going to burn in hell forever unless they revised their beliefs and practices to be biblical like us? After a short foray into doubt and a rather mild (all things considered) youthful rebellion, my faith in Jesus was revitalized, largely through the Jesus Movement. For those who were part of it, especially in its early days, the Jesus Movement was a truly wonderful thing. There was a simplicity, a childlikeness, a naivete, and a corresponding purity of motive that I have seldom seen since. In fact, this book may simply be an attempt to articulate what many of us felt and 'knew' during those years. But all too soon the Jesus Movement was co-opted. It was to a different Jesus that I was gradually converted. The first new Jesus I met had a different face, a different tone, a different function. 'Jesus was born to die,' I was told again and again, which meant his entire life--- including the red, yellow, black, and white children around his knees...Zacchaeus in the sycamore tree (which gave me a lifelong love for sycamores)...Bartimaeus by the road...the one grateful leper returning...the woman by the well...the caring parents who begged him to heal their children---was quite marginalized. Everything between his birth and death was icing at most, assuredly not cake. This marginalization was unintentional, but in my experience it was very real. I was losing something but gaining something, too: the conservative Protestant (or Evangelical) Jesus. The Conservative Protestant Jesus For conservative Protestants, the good news centers on the crucifixion of Jesus. Jesus saves us by dying on the Several forces, I think, cooperated in the co-opting of the Jesus Movement, including Classic Pentecostalism, the Religious Right, parachurch Christianity, the contemporary Christian music industry, and the religious marketing machine. Have you noticed that our great creeds tend to do this, too---to affirm Jesus' birth and then skip to his death? What does that say about us? What unintended consequences come from this focus on the beginning and end of Jesus' life and neglect or avoidance of the middle? 'Jesus was born to die,' I heard again and again. By dying, Jesus mysteriously absorbs the penalty of all human wrongdoing through all of history. The cross becomes the focal point where human injustice---past, present, and future---meets the unconquerable compassion and forgiveness of God. Jesus, hanging in agony, says, 'Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.' We are given confidence that at our worst moment, the moment at which we humans behave as badly as is possible in this universe by torturing and killing God's ultimate messenger and representative to us, his prayer is answered. His innocent self-sacrifice somehow cancels out human guilt. At the cross, the powerful horror of human evil and the more powerful glory of God's mercy meet, and human evil is exhausted, but not God's mercy. Exactly how this happens is understood through various metaphors, with the following four perhaps being most popular. A legal metaphor: God is judge and humanity is guilty, deserving the death penalty.

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  • Catalogue Code 235494
  • Product Code 0310258030
  • EAN 9780310258032
  • UPC 025986258030
  • Pages 352
  • Department General Books
  • Category Christian Living
  • Sub-Category General
  • Publisher Zondervan
  • Publication Date Jan 2006
  • Sales Rank #8239
  • Dimensions 203 x 136 x 22 mm
  • Weight 0.317kg

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