Today I’m starting a new series on Brian McLaren’s The Secret Message of Jesus. McLaren begins by asking many thought-provoking, sometimes difficult questions.

“What if we have developed a religion that makes reverent and honoring statements about Jesus but doesn’t teach what Jesus taught in the manner he taught it? What if the religion generally associated with Jesus neither expects nor trains its adherents to actually live in the way of Jesus?”

OR

“What if Jesus had actually concealed his deepest message, not trying to make it overt and obvious but intentionally hiding it as a treasure one must seek in order to find?”

AND

“What if Jesus’ secret message reveals a secret plan? What if he didn’t come to start a new religion–but rather came to start a political, social, religious, artistic, economic, intellectual, and spiritual revolution that would give birth to a new world?”

Some of McLaren’s questions may make you question McLaren. But please hold off judgment for a little while. Let’s explore what McLaren has to offer.