Stop using things like the Book of Common Prayer and candles and incense because you think they’re cool. At least go to an Episcopal service, or an Orthodox service, or a Roman Catholic service and actually learn a little bit about their liturgy before you start saying things like, “and now for an old Anglican prayer.” It’s not just an old prayer! It’s the liturgy practiced by thousands of people all over the world – right now! The candles and incense? They mean something. It’s not just an aesthetic.
Learn what the Eucharist really is and then go find a priest who can teach you how to serve it properly. Better yet, go to mass. When you do, reflect on what your life would be like if you actually had the spiritual fortitude to just sit there in the pew every Sunday like all of the other nameless schmoes in the sanctuary.
I think McLaren, based on A Generous Orthodoxy, would wholeheartedly agree with Karen's frustration. The question is, if McLaren is not cobbling together elements of different traditions (which a superficial reading of his book may lead one to believe he is doing), then what is he doing?
I've tried to approach this question at my blog, Theological Thought, in reference to this and other books by McLaren. However, as McLaren says in A Generous Orthodoxy, "clarity is overrated". So what do you think he's saying in A Generous Orthodoxy? Is he just taking the good and leaving the bad with different traditions? If not, then what is he doing?