Nicholas Price asks if “loving witness” is an oxymoron, on Relevant Magazine Online:
Brian McLaren is coming out with a new book on Tuesday: Why Did Jesus, Moses, the Buddha, and Mohammed Cross the Road?: Christian Identity in a Multi-Faith World.
McLaren also did an interview about the book last week on Relevant Magazine’s podcast.
A little more on the book, from Amazon.com:
In his most important book yet, widely acclaimed author and speaker Brian McLaren proposes a new faith alternative, one built on “benevolence and solidarity rather than rivalry and hostility.” This way of being Christian is strong but doesn’t strong-arm anyone, going beyond mere tolerance to vigorous hospitality toward, interest in, and collaboration with the other.
Blending history, narrative, and brilliant insight, McLaren shows readers step-by-step how to reclaim this strong-benevolent faith, challenging us to stop creating barriers in the name of God and learn how affirming other religions can strengthen our commitment to our own. And in doing so, he invites Christians to become more Christ-like than ever before.
Nicholas Price responds to tragedies in Joplin and Oak Creek at Relevant Magazine:
Read the article at http://www.relevantmagazine.com/god/worldview/who-my-neighbor
From John Huckins on Sojourners’ God’s Politics:
“… [We] were immediately greeted by the priest with a handshake and smile. He thanked us for coming and invited us into the experience that included a short service in the gurudwara and vigil outside to remember the six worshipers who were shot by a man that had never met them. I can only speculate, but if this man would have engaged these people on a relational level at any point, he certainly would have reconsidered his actions.”
“Friends, we don’t compromise the integrity of our faith and convictions by engaging and standing with those of other faiths. In fact, it’s quite the opposite. When we stand in solidarity with those of other faiths — especially in times of tragedy — we embody the very best of our faith, namely the pro-people heart of Jesus. “
Read the full article here: http://sojo.net/blogs/2012/08/09/why-i-prayed-sikh-community-last-night.
Eboo Patel on Relevant Magazine online:
“For the church to remain relevant in a religiously diverse world, Christian leaders must learn to articulate how and why Christians can relate to non-Christians in ways that aren’t just about conversion, and how and why such a response is in fact deeply Christian.”
Read the whole article at http://www.relevantmagazine.com/god/worldview/saving-interfaith-dialogue.
The burning of a mosque in Joplin, Missouri. A horrific shooting rampage at a crowded gurdwara outside Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
These two terrible events mark the latest in religious hate crimes across the US, and highlight the continued need for interfaith efforts in building bridges of understanding among people of all backgrounds. As the discourse around these two events develops, it remains clear that much is still required– even of large, mainstream media outlets like CNN– to better know the perceived “others” in our midst.
Our hearts go out to all impacted by these terrible tragedies as our prayers rise to the heavens, seeking reconciliation, solace, and peace. We stand in solidarity with the Sikh victims and their families as they deal with the profound terror of the attack perpetrated against them. And we stand, too, with the Muslims in Missouri as they seek to rebuild and repair their place of worship, just as we all seek to rebuild and repair the wounds in our hearts at the sad state of relations in our world today.
These events will continue to shape us as we strive toward a world in which differences are not addressed with violence or vandalism, and we must recognize them as an indication that working for dialogue is more important than ever.
May the Christian community show its best in the shadow of these two tragedies. May we reach out to those effected to fully extend the love of Christ and his servant’s heart in the restoration of these two communities. For it is in this way that we may also restore the whole community– the whole of humanity.
— Cameron and Greg
The latest from Nicholas Price at Relevant Magazine Online:
Read the full article here: http://www.relevantmagazine.com/god/practical-faith/tossing-out-silver-bullet
John Morehead on Q Ideas:
“A new movement has arisen among Evangelicals, involving organizations like the Evangelical Chapter of the Foundation for Religious Diplomacy and others, a movement of people who believe that it is possible to engage those in other religions without compromise, and to do so in civility. At the core of this movement is a desire to follow the way of Jesus. At times Evangelicals have attempted to support such a model with reference to biblical passages where Jesus rebukes the scribes and Pharisees (Mat. 23:27). But a more careful reading reveals that this passage is not applicable to interreligious encounters. Here Jesus criticizes leaders in his own religious community. It is not a text that applies to consideration of how Jesus engaged those outside of his religious community.“
Read the full article here: http://www.qideas.org/blog/evangelical-credibility-and-religious-pluralism.aspx