Thursday is for Discipleship
I’m not completely comfortable with even starting this post. But I think it is important to the health of the Church for the next generation. Part of my discomfort is that I am a friend of Brian McLaren.
We went to the University of Maryland together; we took three classes together in college; I preached in his first church some thirty years ago; when I planted New Song Church in Bolingbrook, IL, we sang a number of Brian’s compositions in our worship services; when I wrote my book Experience the Passion of Christ, (The Sojouring Press, 2004), I phoned Brian and asked for some help on a piece of art; and when I was on staff with Campus Crusade for Christ and the International School of Theology, Brian and his wife Grace were one of my financial supporters. And at one point, I think around 1984-85, Brian contacted me and asked me to consider giving leadership to his recently started Seed Fellowship.
I love Brian and I have been terribly disappointed in the bend and drift of his thinking for the last 15 years or so.
Nevertheless, here’s the question:
Which is a greater corruption / distortion of the gospel, Joel Osteen‘s or Brian McLaren’s?