Last Word and the Word after That A Tale of Faith, Doubt, and a New Kind of Christianity

ISBN-10: 0470248424

ISBN-13: 9780470248423

Edition: 2005

Authors: Brian D. McLaren

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For all those seeking more authentic ways to hold and practice Christian faith, Brian McLaren has been an inspiring, compassionate-and provocative-voice. Starting with the award-winning A New Kind of Christian, McLaren offered a lively, wide-ranging fictional conversation between Pastor Dan Poole and his friend Neil Oliver as they reflected about faith, doubt, reason, mission, leadership, and spiritual practice in the emerging postmodern world. That conversation widened to include several intriguing new characters in the sequel, The Story We Find Ourselves In, as Dan and friends continued to explore faith-stretching themes from evolution to evangelism, from death to the meaning of life. Now, in this third installment of their adventures, Dan and his widening circle of friends grapple with conventional Christian teachings about hell and judgment and what they mean for our relationship with God and each other. Is there an alternative to the usual polar views of a just God short on mercy or a merciful God short on justice? Could our conflicted views of hell be symptoms of a deeper set of problems - misunderstandings about what God's justice and mercy are about, misconceptions about God's purpose in creating the world, deep misgivings about what kind of character God is and what the Christian gospel is for?
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Book details

List price: $14.95
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated
Publication date: 4/18/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 336
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.748
Language: English

Brian D. McLaren is a prominent, controversial evangelical pastor. He was recognized as one of Time magazine's "25 Most Influential Evangelicals in America" in 2005, and is the founding pastor of Cedar Ridge Community Church in Spencerville, Maryland. Born in 1956, Brian McLaren graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park, with BA and MA degrees in English. After several years of teaching English and consulting in higher education, he left academia in 1986 to become the founding pastor of Cedar Ridge Community Church, a nondenominational church in the Baltimore-Washington region. Many of the books that McLaren has authored, including the "A New Kind of Christian" trilogy, deal with Christianity in the context of the cultural shift towards a new emerging church movement.

Preface to the Paperback Edition
Acknowledgments
Introduction
The Last Word
Something Serious
Flare-Up
Poet in a Trench Coat
Party in the Living Room, Torture in the Basement
Playing Hardball
I Don't Know
The Architecture of the Bible
The First Two Threads
The Third and Fourth Threads
The Scapegoat Factor
Better Than We Realized
Something like a Straight Answer
End in Embrace?
Piano Lessons and Lumpy Hands
You Have a Tough Job
All over the Map
Deconstructing Hell
Proposal, Plan, Implementation
Homework Assignment
The Word After That
How Can I Hurt Him?
Nice Walleye Fishing Charters
Wolves in Lawyers' Tuxedos
Up Toward the Stars
A Colorful Breakfast
A New Kind of Christianity
Second Thoughts
To God, All Are Alive
A Part of Me at the Core of My Mind
The Last, Best Word
Commentary
The Author
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