Furious Five #3 – Brian McLaren

This week’s interview is with speaker, activist, public theologian and international author, Brian McLaren. A former college English teacher and pastor, he is a passionate advocate for “a new kind of Christianity” – just, generous, and working with people of all faiths for the common good.

1. If you had the power to do one thing to change the world, what would it be?

Have all the world’s religions tell a story of healing, reconciliation, collaboration, and love instead of exclusion, competition, supremacy, and fear … beginning with Christianity.

2. What is your favourite film?

In the stupid movies category (a favorite), UHF with Weird Al Yankovic. In the serious film category, a hard choice. Maybe “Regarding Henry” with Harrison Ford, maybe “The Doctor” with William Hurt, maybe “The Color Purple,” maybe “Arrival.”

3. What do you perceive to be Christianity’s greatest challenge in the 21st Century?

Rediscovering Jesus and his message and acknowledging Christian atrocities through history.

4. What book/s are you reading at the moment?

“The Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism” by Edward Baptist. 

5. Who is your hero?

So many … one is Jane Goodall, another, Bill McKibben. Of course, St. Francis too. But you only asked for one …

Brian is an Auburn Senior Fellow and a leader in the Convergence Network, through which he is developing an innovative training/mentoring program for pastors, church planters, and lay leaders called Convergence Leadership Project.

He has authored multiple books including “A New Kind of Christianity”, “Why Did Jesus, Moses, the Buddha, and Mohammed Cross The Road?”, and recently “The Great Spiritual Migration”. You find out more about Brian and follow his work at brianmclaren.net.



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