For anyone that stops by my blog, Rob, one of my friends that I have linked under blog friends has just linked on his blog a number of lectures and teachings from Brian McLaren. They are so worth the time.
This is a perspective change many of us here in America I believe need to grasp.
"Learning is not a consequence of teaching, but of thinking."
I know that might sound contradictory in light of the fact that I am giving you a link to someone teaching. But I do not think that fits here. Brian's way of sharing what he is thinking and where it is taking him causes the hearer to THINK for himself also. This way of "teaching" seems to be closer to how Jesus did it. It makes the hearer at times uncomfortable. It challenges not only our way of thinking and how we see things, but it does it in such a way that a change in how we live must follow. I believe if the change in how we live doesn't follow the thorn of TRUTH that has been planted in our minds and hearts becomes so disturbing it demands in the end we make a choice. We are then forced to abandon one position or the other. There remains no middle ground to hold and live in peace. That sounds like Jesus to me also. We are moved to live by love and trust or hate, fear, self and many other distructive options
So much of the religion our generation has grown up in has discouraged thinking and questioning. We need to jump off that train and begin to think again. Brian is one of those that has helped this process begin in me again.
So, if that sounds interesting to you or if you are one of those that just feels that something is wrong and you just can't put your finger on it, I challenge you to go to Rob's blog and download and listen to the Brian McLaren links he has provided. I am sure he will keep then on his site and you will be able to find them under his Audio Recommendations.