Brian McLaren is a well-known author, speaker, activist and public theologian who has been advocating for “a new kind of Christianity” that is just and generous for over twenty years since he wrote The Church On the Other Side while serving as pastor of Cedar Ridge Community Church. Since then, he has written numerous books including A New Kind of Christian, A Generous Orthodoxy and Why Did Jesus, Moses, the Buddha, and Mohammed Cross the Road?. His most recent work, The Great Spiritual Migration: How the World’s Largest Religion Is Seeking a Better Way to Be Christian explores the spiritual, theological and missional conversions that the church needs to undergo in order to be true to the way of Jesus and make a generative impact on the world. Brian is an Auburn Senior Fellow and a leader in the Convergence Network, and collaborates with the Center for Progressive Renewal, the Wild Goose Festival and the Fair Food Program’s Faith Working Group. In this episode of RePlacing Church, he joins me to discuss:

  • What he saw twenty years ago that launched him into writing to the church
  • How a mafia metaphor can help white people engage their whiteness
  • How to pray for your enemies
  • The important idea that Protestants missed in Luther’s 95 theses
  • Why the church should be a “school of love”
  • One key aspect of the next Reformation

*Check out the Prayer for Enemies that Brian mentions here.



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Episode Song Credits: “Another Wrong to Right” and “You Won't Walk Alone” by Mercir. “Closed” by Zadok Wartes. Used with Permission. Production Assistance by Nate Tubbs.