Basil McLaren is passionate about marrying the ancient wisdom of Christianity with the post-Christian longings of the heart and mind that surface today–translating Christian truths into contemporary settings.
An adjunct speaker with RZIM Canada, Basil is currently based in Nelson, BC. He has visited and taught the Bible in over 70 countries. For four years he studied and taught the Bible in Taiwan while learning Mandarin Chinese. Some of the things he enjoys are learning languages, experiencing different cultures, and most of all, tasting international cuisine.
He was graduated from Regent College with a master of arts in theological studies with study interests in systematic theology, the Sexual Revolution, and C.S. Lewis. Basil spent a year of further studies in theology and philosophy at the University of Oxford while attending OCCA The Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics.
Some of the topics he is asked to speak on include “Why Christianity Matters,” “The Public Evidence for Christianity (The Resurrection of Jesus),” “What Does it Mean to be Human?” “The Core of Christianity,” and spiritual disciplines.
In Nelson, Basil is a property investor and is married to his lovely wife, Sheryl. They adopted three boys from Lesotho and enjoy hiking, dirt biking, and playing soccer with the boys.
The mature person is one who is able to navigate the natural tensions–connections and ruptures–that happen in any relationship, and yet love through it all. Jesus was best at this.
Upcoming Appearances by Basil McLaren
Basil McLaren, Daniel Gilman
A familiar image of the Christmas Scene are the three magi of the East who came bearing gifts. While many people are used to seeing that image, it is profoundly surprising that God reached out to them by a star. History and anthropology tell us that Eastern Maji practiced astrology. God chose to woo them in a language they would understand: a star. How is God speaking into our 21st century lives today? That’s what the remainder of the talk will be about. The talk will warp up by exploring the gift of the magi, which foreshadow the cross.
Will this event be open to the public?
Capture the Wonder - The Difference the Incarnation
Alanzo Paul, Basil McLaren
Humanity entrusted with power so often misuses that authority. So what is the difference Jesus’ birth makes to the state of our humanity? As a society, we seem stuck in ruts of racial, economic, and spiritual hopelessness. Christmas tells us that God meets us where we are at, but he's not content to leave us there. Nothing is more evident than the fact that we can’t upgrade to humanity 2.0 on our own steam. Therefore, Christmas is the story of humanity’s upgrade to its true-self found in connection to God himself.