Ask Brian McLaren…

by Rachel Held Evans Read Distraction Free

I’m really excited about the next installment in our “Ask…” interview series—Ask Brian McLaren.

Brian D. McLaren is an author, speaker, activist, and networker among innovative Christian leaders. He began his career as a college English teacher and then worked as a church planter and pastor for twenty-four years. His dozen-plus books include A New Kind of Christianity, A Generous Orthodoxy, Naked Spirituality, and Why Did Jesus, Moses, the Buddha, and Mohammed Cross the Road?

Many of you, like me, found Brian at a critical juncture in your faith journey when you wondered if you were all alone in the questions you were asking about Christianity. In this regard, Brian’s work simultaneously stimulates and comforts, challenges and encourages. It can also be quite controversial. Brian has been called a false teacher, a wolf in sheep’s clothing, a heretic—even before there was Twitter! 

But perhaps most importantly, if you’ve ever met Brian, you know that he is kind. He has a pastoral presence about him that immediately sets you at ease. He is, truly, a man of peace. Brian and his wife, Grace, live in Florida and have four adult children and four grandchildren. He's an avid wildlife and outdoors enthusiast. 

Brian’s upcoming book, We Make the Road by Walking, is scheduled for release on June 10, 2014. I had the chance to read an early copy and it’s one of my favorites of Brian's. Organized around the traditional church year, each chapter reflects on a different story from Scripture and invites contemplation, discussion, and action. 

If you’ve ever had a question for Brian, now’s your chance. Leave one in the comment section, and at the end of the day, I’ll pick the 6-7 most popular questions and send them to Brian for response. Be sure to utilize the “like” option in DISQUS to “vote” for your favorites from others. Look for the full interview next week. 

Brian told me to tell you not to go too easy on him! So don’t be shy. 

(Check out the rest of our "Ask..." series here.

Ask away! 

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