According to some Christian outlooks we were made for another world. Perhaps, rather, we were made for this world to recreate, reclaim, redeem, and renew unto God's future aspiration by the power of His Spirit. - R.E. Slater
Secularization theory has been massively falsified. We don't live in an age of secularity. We live in an age of explosive, pervasive religiosity... an age of religious pluralism. - Peter L. Berger
Exploring the edge of life and faith in a post-everything world. - Todd Littleton
I don't need another reason to believe, your love is all around for me to see. – anon
Thou art our need; and in giving us more of thyself thou givest us all. - Khalil Gibran, Prayer XXIII
Be careful what you pretend to be. You become what you pretend to be. - Kurt Vonnegut
Religious beliefs, far from being primary, are often shaped and adjusted by our social goals. - Jim Forest
People, even more than things, need to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed, and redeemed; never throw out anyone. – anon
Certainly God's love has made fools of us all. - R.E. Slater
An apocalyptic Christian faith doesn't wait for Jesus to come, but for Jesus to become in our midst. - R.E. Slater
Christian belief in God begins with the cross and resurrection of Jesus, not with rational apologetics. - Eberhard Jüngel, Jürgen Moltmann
Our knowledge of God is through the 'I-Thou' encounter, not in finding God at the end of a syllogism or argument. There is a grave danger in any Christian treatment of God as an object. The God of Jesus Christ and Scripture is irreducibly subject and never made as an object, a force, a power, or a principle that can be manipulated. - Emil Brunner
Ehyeh Asher Ehyeh means "I will be that who I have yet to become." - God (Ex 3.14)
Our job is to love others without stopping to inquire whether or not they are worthy. - Thomas Merton
The church is God's world-changing social experiment of bringing unlikes and differents to the Eucharist/Communion table to share life with one another as a new kind of family. When this happens we show to the world what love, justice, peace, reconciliation, and life together is designed by God to be. The church is God's show-and-tell for the world to see how God wants us to live as a blended, global, polypluralistic family united with one will, by one Lord, and baptized by one Spirit. – anon
The cross that is planted at the heart of the history of the world cannot be uprooted. - Jacques Ellul
The Unity in whose loving presence the universe unfolds is inside each person as a call to welcome the stranger, protect animals and the earth, respect the dignity of each person, think new thoughts, and help bring about ecological civilizations. - John Cobb & Farhan A. Shah
If you board the wrong train it is of no use running along the corridors of the train in the other direction. - Dietrich Bonhoeffer
God's justice is restorative rather than punitive; His discipline is merciful rather than punishing; His power is made perfect in weakness; and His grace is sufficient for all. – anon
Our little [biblical] systems have their day; they have their day and cease to be. They are but broken lights of Thee, and Thou, O God art more than they. - Alfred Lord Tennyson

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Nadia Bolz-Weber, "Why I'm Lutheran" (or, "The God who Loves Flawed People Like Me")


"God's grace is freely given - we don't earn it,
we just try to live in response to it."


"God's always coming to us in a series
of death-and-resurrection encounters...
we don't make our way to God,
He makes His way to us."



Wednesday Night Dome Speaker - Nadia Bolz-Weber
The ELCA Youth Gathering in New Orleans, July 2012

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"Nadia Bolz-Weber has probably done more than any other pastor in recent times to poke therapeutic fun at the misdemeanors and flaws of overly-churched Christianity and Christians. The passion behind her words, however, is as deeply pastoral as it is God-drenched and liberating....thus the affection as well as the respect that attend her and her work wherever she goes."
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- Phylis Tickle author of "The Great Emergence"
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Rev. Nadia Bolz-Weber is the founding pastor of House for All Sinners and Saints an ELCA mission church in Denver, Colorado. She's a leading voice in the emerging church movement and her writing can be found in the Lutheran magazine The Christian Century, Jim Wallis' God's Politics blog, and Patheos.com. She is author of "Salvation on the Small Screen? 24 Hours of Christian Television" (Seabury 2008) and blogs at the Sarcastic Lutheran blog as well as at her own blog, nadiabolzweber.com. Nadia lives in Denver with her family of four where she can be found writing bios in the third person and chasing chickens around the backyard with her kids.
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"We are all simultaneously sinner and saint all the time. We have an
enormous capacity for destruction of ourselves and of other people.
But we have an enormous capacity for kindness too."
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"Lutherans were the first people in my life to give
me language  for what I had experienced to be true."
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"When visiting Lutheran churches I had to culturally commute from what
I was to what the church was so that over a period of years I felt a call
to pastor people just like me and started 'The House for All Sinners and Saints.'
Now we have a variety of people from all walks of society and it is
Christ that binds us together."
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"We are flawed people who are loved in all of our flaws by a God who loves flawed people just like me. Who uses imperfect people. And manifested Himself to flawed people. Who ate with all the wrong people. Spoke with all the wrong people. Who did not condemn flawed people but choose to love flawed people. This God never made sense and we don't need to either. Because this God will use us in all of our brokenness. In all of our failures. In all of our feelings. Because God's strength is perfected in our weaknesses. Our brokenness is God's fertile ground to make something new and beautiful!"
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