Introduction by Derrick Peterson
New Wine's Director Dr. Paul Louis Metzger was recently interview on the Drew Marshall show. He has been on the show before as he and Bruxy Cavy, pastor at The Meeting House in Canada, discussed multi faith dialogue.
This time around, Drew invited Dr. Metzger to interview him regarding his new book Evangelical Zen: A Christian's Spiritual Travels With a Buddhist Friend. (For my review of the book, click here. In addition, here is the recorded session of a recent book reading done at Powell's City of Books in Portland, Oregon).
Not one to shy from controversy, Drew asked a few pretty hard-hitting questions, which Paul Metzger answered with his characteristic thoughtfulness and grace. They ended up having a very thought provoking conversation on what its like to maintain relations even amidst deep disagreement. Even further, they emphasized how important it is to realize we so often deal with ideas in the abstract. Not many of us are truly prepared for when they are no longer abstractions, but take life in walking, talking, embodied individuals for whom we care deeply. Without watering down what we believe, how can we prepare ourselves to care for and wrestle with whom we do not see eye-to-eye? How can we best train ourselves to see the good in others?