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It has a chance of becoming one of the defining characteristics of the present age. It even has an acronym: SBNR. And, of course, it has a web page and a Facebook page. Being “spiritual but not religious” is often an explanation, sometimes an excuse, but mostly it seems to be an attempt at self-definition meant to set a good many people apart from what I’m guessing are perceived societal norms.

Unlike a lot of what I’ve read about this trend, I suggest that 1) we can learn a lot from the SBNR trend, 2) the discussion of this topic has largely been limited by a false dichotomy, 3) there is a better way to talk about what is at stake, and 4) the church can and should respond. (more…)

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When our churches are schools of [spiritual] practice, they make—and change—history. Otherwise, they simply write history and argue about it, and of course, in so doing they tend to repeat it. (145)

It is probably an understatement to say that Brian McLaren is one of the most influential thinkers in the emergent/emerging church. With many books in circulation, he is certainly one of the more prolific. Finding Our Way Again: The Return of the Ancient Practices is the introductory offering in “The Ancient Practice Series” by Thomas Nelson Publishers. As such, it doesn’t deal in depth with any one practice, but it paves the way for rest of the series by presenting the big-picture rationale for spiritual disciplines. In the words of one reviewer on Amazon.com, “If you want people to build a boat, don’t give them the plans, give them a love of the sea.” Finding Our Way Again succeeds in providing a foretaste of what it might be like to live in a faith community that is immersed in the spiritual practices.

In setting up the title’s use of the word ‘way,’ McLaren addresses the question about why bookstores sell more books on Buddhism than Christianity. (more…)

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pooh30It was (almost) worth the price of the book.

I’m reading Eugene Peterson’s book, The Jesus Way. It’s a wonderfully rich, biblically informed, and I’m finding, helpful book. Part One explores how Abraham, Moses, David, Elijah, and Isaiah are illustrative of The Jesus Way, then Peterson uses Winnie the Pooh to build a bridge to Part Two.

Peterson observes, as many people have, that people in our day are attracted to a vague notion of “spirituality.” To my surprise (and I think to his) he gained an insight into this hunger as his wife read Winnie the Pooh to him. (more…)

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