Q & R: Don’t read McLaren!

Here’s the Q:

I have just finished reading your book “A Generous Orthodoxy” and have been moved spiritually, emotionally, philosophically and whatever other “lly” there is. I want to say thank you for writing the things you did and in such a humble way. I must confess that I was warned by some “Don’t read McLaren!!” but the book’s premise really is something that I had been wrestling with myself. Needless to say I am more than glad I ignored those “warnings” and followed my heart.
Secondly, I was wondering if you would consider mentoring a young minister? (continued after the jump)

I am someone who could glean much from your wisdom and insight as well as your years of experience. I don’t know what that would look exactly but I am very much interested in the possibility if that seems like something that you would be interested in. I know you are an extremely busy man and I would be as flexible as you would need. I hope it doesn’t seem presumptuous to ask such a question, but I do hope that you’ll consider my proposal. Again, thank you for your book. It has been a huge blessing to me and my spiritual journey.

R: First, thanks so much for your encouraging words. It’s sad that there’s a kind of censorship at work in a lot of Christian settings.
On mentoring, unfortunately I can’t provide individual mentoring at this season in my life, but please stay tuned here at the website. I’m going to try to create some settings where small groups of us could get together for a week or so and get better acquainted, go deeper with people’s questions and challenges, and enjoy “fellowship in the Holy Spirit.” We might be able to create some online venues for this sort of thing as well. Your request prompts me to work harder to get this in place! Thanks again for writing.