1. I never read McClaren’s start to the Ancient Practices series, but I did read one of the other books in the series – Nora Gallagher’s “The Sacred Meal”, on communion. I would have to say it was no better than what you presented here. It made a mockery of communion, reducing it to a mere shadow of its real value, though it too highly elevated the “community” aspect. In the end, I felt the only positive I could relate was that Gallagher knew how to use pretty-sounding words.

    I don’t intend to go any further with this particular series – which is unfortunate, because I had high hopes initially that it could be a brief introduction for new believers with questions.


    1. George,

      Thanks for responding and confirming what I imagined for the other books in the series. I am all for the return to the ancient practices, but what I found presented was not a return to them, nor an understanding of them, but more of a, as you nicely nailed it, a mockery, a mere shadow of these things which once caused the Church to grow because of the Spirit in the community. He regulates memorizing Scripture almost to an incantation against evil and, as he says, a way to keep sane.

      It has made me realize, however, the limit of my Christian liberality.

  2. Doug

    It is all just koolaid from my experience with his work. John MacArthur had a devastating critic of McClaren’s work in The Truth War. The guy has his own version of the Bible, called The Voice. So, of course, he would just reinterpret anything to his own belief.


    1. I’ve read the Voice. Some of it is okay, but overall….


  3. In response to your thought: Of the Ancient Practice:
    November 30th, 2010: Roxbury College.
    By Dr. A. J Nkomo
    I am mindful that God is not in man understanding operation! God understanding has nothing with man’ understanding either! Your understanding about God is based in your social influence on the self-willed! God is not involved or anticipate with human perspective-views. Man often times side with human sinful nature that separates him from God, the Creator of all goodness!! Every individual person is born with God’s goodness; but the exposure where each individual is exposed matter!! Therefore, it isn’t an ancient practice or modern practice, but sinful nature within humans matter!
    Finding our way; it required to reconnect to God the organ of all goodness! You need to practice this daily! In your own exposure, you need value/love and qualify rather than quantity! You cannot change anyone, but God can because God knows the basic change within the individual as the creator of all goodness. Initially, you need God in the radiance of Jesus Christ, the firstborn fruit, quality fruit ever exist! He is the ultimate Judge on Earth and brings the perfection that God built in the beginning. God will restore his goodness in the radiance of Jesus Christ. It is theological, biblical, and prophetic truth!!
    You ignore it on your own wicked risk! God will judge the earth once again, in the radiance of Jesus Christ:


  4. God judged Adam &. Eve: [Gen 3:19]
    Logic: Greek Hellenic and ancient philosophers: Theory of sound thinking: Aristotle: Plato reasoning sound: Logic, the study of valid inference, was developed by ancient Egyptians/Greeks philosophers as a result of their interests in arguments of every kind topics through their social influences on the self-willed, social perceptions, and social cognition etc: No resolution could be attained until this day in the modern age: Moreover, these genius philosophers so, they claimed to be; are all dead for good! But God the Creator of all still live with all resolutions;

    The Lord made all for Himself! Yes, even the wicked for the day of doom!” [Prov. 16: 4] Words of purpose/meaningful to everyone else ears and truth: The judgments of the Lord are true and just altogether! Jesus Christ is the ultimate Judge! Genesis language parallels links: God has set up a day for His righteous judgment such as that of Adam and Eve: God judged the ancient world: Also God will judge the modern world:

    The Book of Genesis constitutes of judgment! The beginning of every good and evil acts and aspiration: See [Acts 17: 30-32]: Everything is precisely sealed up for the Second Advent intervention: It is crucial for the modern world history.

    The first technical term for what we now call logic was used by Aristotle, Plato and other westerns tradition philosophers such as John Lockey, Jean Rousseau and this was dialectic: It is meaningless and un-purposeful. Let us face this truth that all men on earth shall face Jesus Christ Judgment’ Seat on the Last Day! [2 Corinth 5: 10]:


    1. Why are you posting this garbage here? You will not longer be allowed to comment until you respond and respond to the actual post.


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