By Brian McLaren
McLaren’s topic here is called ‘Naked Spirituality,’ which is also the title of his book. He is an author, storyteller and theologian. Primarily known as a thinker and a writer. His public speaking covers a broad range of topics including postmodern thought and culture, Biblical studies, evangelism, leadership, global mission, spiritual formation, worship, pastoral survival and burnout, inter-religious dialogue, ecology, and social justice.
In this series, he suggested that personal spirituality typically develops in a cycle containing four stages – simplicity, complexity, perplexity, and harmony, which becomes the new simplicity as the cycle continues. For each stage, McLaren provided three spiritual practices that he thinks are particularly valuable in our experience of God.
Stage 1: Simplicity[audio http://media.cmu.ca/wp-content/uploads/2011/02/110203BrianMcLaren1.mp3]
Stage 2: Complexity[audio http://media.cmu.ca/wp-content/uploads/2011/02/110204BrianMcLaren2.mp3]
Stage 3: Perplexity[audio http://media.cmu.ca/wp-content/uploads/2011/02/110204BrianMcLaren3.mp3]
Stage 4: Harmony[audio http://media.cmu.ca/wp-content/uploads/2011/02/110205BrianMcLaren4.mp3]
Part 5: Conclusion[audio http://media.cmu.ca/wp-content/uploads/2011/02/110205BrianMcLaren5.mp3]