Sunday, April 17, 2005

McLaren Shakes it Up

I just bought and read Brian McLaren's "The Last Word and the Word After That." He seems to think it will be his most controversial book. We'll see about that.

But I really liked it. I did. It has some good thoughts on the afterlife and whether or not the gospel is about then or now or both. Interesting thoughts on hell, actually.

And then he got me thinking about faith and beliefs. How our church has been based around sets of beliefs rather than sets of practices. I can't really explore all the implications right now, but the question it has me asking is, "What if our church found it's identity in being like Christ, rather than in what it believes about him?"

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