(This is Part Eleven of a series. Click here to go to Part One.) We have mercifully reached the final question of Brian McLaren’s “ten questions that are transforming the Christian faith” from his book, A New Kind of Christianity. As is often the case with writers of the “Emerging church” persuasion, the end is seldom the […]
(This is Part Ten of a series. Click here to go to Part One.) In the very first paragraph of his chapter dealing with religious pluralism in his book A New Kind of Christianity, Brian McLaren writes the following sentence: “We all woke up again today in a world where Christians, Muslims, and Jews (along with adherents […]
The eighth question that is “transforming the Christian faith,” according to author Brian McLaren, is the biblically and politically heated question of eschatology. For those not familiar with the term, eschatology refers to the study of “last things,” and specifically, in this case, to the interpretation of what the Bible has to say about these […]
I don’t make the news, I just report it. For those of you who have been following this series you will recognize that the title of this article is following a particular pattern as I have been responding to each one of Brian McLaren’s “ten questions that are transforming the Christian faith.” I realize that […]
François-Marie Arouet, better known as Voltaire, is credited with the famous saying about man creating God in his own image. He worded it this way: “If God has made us in his image, we have returned him the favor.” Many variations of this quotation have been used by various authors over the years to communicate the idea that man has a natural predisposition—the Bible calls it sin—to think of himself as the center of the universe. It was pointed out to me in a sermon I heard in my early days of becoming a Christian that man employs two methods of making more of himself than he ought. The first is fairly obvious: man makes much of himself. But the second is less obvious and more difficult to deal with: man makes little of God.