I finished reading A Generous Orthodoxy this morning. It is a good book. While I found nothing new within its covers, I did rather enjoy Brian’s way of presenting the material. I’d recommend the book to anyone who had already processed their own spirituality and wants another viewpoint on the faith.
I happened to be on "Brian’s page" most of the time. At times I thought he was a bit conservative for me but then again, I’m rather conservative in print myself.
Being a "Missional Christian," (Aren’t all of those who follow the Teachings of Christ supposed to be missional?) I found the following observation to ring true as I dialog with people of other belief systems.
"We must continually be aware that the "old, old story" may not be the "true, true story."
In other words, we must be open to the perpetual possibility that our received understandings of the gospel may be faulty, imbalanced, poorly nuanced, or downright warped and twisted. Here we must retain the good protestant, evangelical, and biblical instinct to allow Scripture to critique tradition – including our dominant and most recent traditions, and including our tradition’s understanding of the gospel. In this sense Christians in missional dialogue must continually expect to rediscover the gospel."
Brian McLaren, "A Generous Orthodoxy"