Just finished reading the very excellent book The Secret Message of Jesus by Brian D. McLaren. I so appreciate McLaren’s ability to articulate the message of the gospel with a refreshing objectivity. He really helps readers get a handle on the context in which the Bible was written that is largely ignored today as many translate the Bible in a modern vacuum marked by their theological assumptions. He dispels so many of the myths that are being perpetuated throughout Christianity about the message of Jesus, the “end times,” and discusses what it all means for us in terms of practicality. Wonderful and highly recommended!