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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan; Exp&ed edition (January 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310252199
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310252191
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.5 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #209,584 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

Thirteen strategies for navigating the modern/postmodern transition

Today’s breakthroughs in communication, education, travel, cultural diversity, science, economics, politics, and philosophy are creating a new matrix in which Christians will live, worship, work, and pursue their mission. This book will help you think differently; see church, life, and these revolutionary times in a new way; and act with courage, hope, and an adventurous spirit.

About the Author

Brian D. McLaren (MA, University of Maryland) is an author, speaker, activist and public theologian. After teaching college English, Brian pastored Cedar Ridge Community Church in the Baltimore-Washington, DC area. Brain has been active in networking and mentoring church planters and pastors for over 20 years. He is a popular conference speaker and a frequent guest lecturer for denominational and ecumenical leadership gatherings in the US and internationally.

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Brian D. McLaren is an author, speaker, pastor, and networker among innovative Christian leaders, thinkers, and activists. His groundbreaking books include A New Kind of Christian, A Generous Orthodoxy, The Secret Message of Jesus, and Everything Must Change. Named by Time magazine as one of America's top twenty-five evangelicals, McLaren has appeared on Nightline and Larry King Live, and has been covered by The Washington Post and the New York Times.

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This book gets us thinking in the right direction.
Jeffrey A. Vanderhoff
The church is criticized for not embracing the "tolerance" of the surrounding culture.
Jesse Rouse
The church members were saying those who do not believe in Jesus are lost.
William T. Brewer

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By John R. Miller on June 22, 2007
Format: Paperback
I am a pastor approaching 60 years old. I have over 20 years of vocational ministry experience and nearly that much time as a lay leader. I remember my teens and twenties. How passionate my peers and I were for Christ. We fully expected to win the entire world for Christ in our lifetime and rather arrogantly published it to our congregations.
We were frustrated with the church. It was dead. It was comfortable. It was indifferent to the lost. Furthermore, we were not backwards in criticizing the church, its methods and its leaders.
We did not change the world. Under our leadership the church has gone into decline by almost all measures. There are times when the reality of our ineffectiveness mocks my youthful passion (which still remains) and I struggle with cynicism.
Today I have twenty-something children. My children are passionate about Christ and critical of the church - just like I was. At their urging I have read Blue Like Jazz and A New Kind of Christian. These are their heralds of the postmodern transition of the church - the church that will transform the world. More subtle in its arrogance. Perhaps a little more humble. Certainly more technologically savvy, but calling Christians to genuine authenticity and engagement with a hurting world. As I read their critiques of the church, Christians and Christianity I do not hear something new, but something old - a passionate love for Christ and a desire for the Church to live up to her ideals - just like we called for forty years ago.
In his book The Church on the Other Side: Doing Ministry in the Postmodern Matrix Brian McLaren has helped the church at least begin to navigate its way into the future. It is well written and more understandable than some of the material on postmodernism. It is of use to any one who wishes to be effective in our world. But behind all of the practical advice is a centuries old passion for the Church to be the Church and live up to her ideals. John Huss would approve.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Harald Giesebrecht on August 14, 2005
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Many of us younger Christians have this nagging feeling that something is very "sub-optimal" about the way most churches "do church". We watch Christian television and feel embarrassed, we go to church and feel awkward, and sometimes we wonder if we are rebellious individualists, about-to-be apostates or just too unspiritual to see the beauty of the awkwardness. Many of us just leave...

After reading Brian McLaren's: "Church on the other side", I feel a lot better. It turns out there is a healthy reason for my more or less subconscious and unproductive aggression. What is going on is that some of us, both Christians and others have made the paradigm shift into the post modern mindset, whereas quite a few... most Christians and a lot of others haven't. My rebellion, it turns out, is not against Christ or the church, but against the impossibility of communicating the gospel to post moderns within a modern framework. My rebellion is not against Christianity itself, but against parts of the modern mindset that has been confused with Christianity, but turns out to be just culture.

Anybody interested in understanding the future of Christianity will benefit greatly from reading some of McLarens books, and "Church on the other side" is not a bad place to start. His treatment of the seven modernist viruses from which the church must be "debugged" is it to prosper in the new millennium, is alone worth the price of the book.
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31 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Bob Hyatt VINE VOICE on December 30, 2003
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If I had to pick just one book to recommend to a Christian leader who is finding that the "way we have always done it" just isn't working or even making sense anymore it would be this book. Absolutely revolutionary. Yes, there are things that Brian picks up that I may choose not to, but that's part of the point! We need to get back to majoring on the majors and allowing good, healthy dialogue and debate on other things. Wouldn't that be a great witness to a world that is wondering about Christianity to see us dialogue, disagree and still sit in the same pew (or row, or couch) with one another????
We have buried Jesus under a heap of trivialities, and the Church on the other side will begin to dig Him out. As regards betraying the Reformation (as one other reviewer accused McLaren)... In the words of Doug Pagitt, an Emergent leader from the Mid-west, "If you want to honor the Reformers, don't say what they said- do what they did!" McLaren starts us down that hard, but very exciting road.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By T. Faulkner on April 15, 2007
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Brian D. McLaren's, Church on the Other Side: Exploring the Radical Future of the Local Congregation, is a disturbing book. Sometimes disturbance is a bad thing. Sometimes disturbance is a good thing. Either way, disturbance almost always creates some sort of change. And change is, after all, what McLaren is advocating throughout the book. It is little exaggeration, in fact, to say that he is convinced that nearly everything the church has been doing over the last several decades (and even centuries) must be radically changed in order to minister with any effectiveness in the postmodern world.

The ways, for example, that we have been preaching, teaching, programming, structuring, theologizing and evangelizing must change. The premise is simple: Postmodernism simply has no place for Know-It-Alls. When we believe that we have God all figured out and can package that understanding and present it with certainty and clarity in any and all situations - with little or no room for mystery and ambiguity, then we are acting as know-it-alls. When we believe, furthermore, that our ways of planning and organizing, growing and maintaining, catalyzing and facilitating ministry and mission are engraved in stone (so to speak) and that our systems are virtually unalterable (why, after all would we ever want to or need to change them?!) then we are acting as know-it-alls. Postmodernism reminds us all that we do not know it all. To act as though we do is pitiable, if not deceitful.

Herein exists the only major problem I see with McLaren's work.
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