A Review-Reflection on Brian McLaren’s new book Naked Spirituality: A Life With God In 12 Simple Words

I am currently reading Brian McLaren’s latest book Naked Spirituality: A Life with God in 12 Simple Words. I’ve had three weeks to read it finding myself reading only a couple of chapters so far. I am encouraged by the direction that Brian has taken with this recent work. I’ve noticed a progression with Brian’s…

Readings

I have been reading and reflecting on a couple of things. 1. Just received a copy of The Teaching of the 12 by Tony Jones. This should be a great conversation partner with the missional community I am a part of, Mission House. 2. People of the Spirit by Graham Twelftree. An illuminating text on…

I will be contributing to the Church and Postmodern Culture Series Site

Join the conversation.  I’ll be engaging James K. A. Smith‘s recent book, “Who’s Afraid of Postmodernism? Taking Derrida, Lyotard, and Focault to Church.”  Specifically, I’ll be contributing a mini-essay titled “The Panopticon of Ecclesial Whiteness: Taking Foucault to a Church Divided.” Here’s a snippet: Ignoring white-ness as norm and its disciplinary power within the church frustrates Christians…

The Secret Message of Jesus (Chapter 1)

Troubling Questions About Jesus Indeed.  The key question offered by McLaren in this chapter, in my opinion, is this: What if Jesus' secret message reveals a secret plan? What if he didn't come to start a new religion-but rather came to start a political, social, religious, artistic, economic, intellectual, and spiritual revolution that would give birth…

The Secret Message of Jesus

I just received my copy of Brian McLaren's new book The The Secret Message of Jesus. I am really looking forward to reflecting on McLaren's gift here. It seems that I share a similar trajectory that he does in attempting to imagine a post-Colonial expression of Christianity within our North American context. Much of North…

John Hope Franklin

  Yesterday me and the family went to hear Dr. John Hope Franklin talk about his recent autobiography, Mirror to America, at the Levine Museum of the New South here in Charlotte, NC.  It was a great experience hearing him share some of the formative stories of his life.  It was also amazing to hear him recount his thoughts…